New Snooper tool and more updated Lync 2013 resources

Updated Snooper tool: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35453

Also updated, Lync Server 2013 Capacity Calculator http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36828 and Lync Server 2013 Planning Tool http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36823.

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Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack Resources

Allong with the release anouncement of the Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack, also known as Lync Hosting Pack v2 or LyncHPv2, Microsoft has published some interesting resources.

Quite a read with 91 pages, but very worthwhile, the Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack Deployment Guide explains what Lync HPv2 is, including what is new, and how to deploy it http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39101

For a quick comparison of the features of Lync On Premise, Lync HPv2 and Lync Online the Lync Features Comparison Chart, http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38816

And providing insight in a real world deployment Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack Customer Solution Case Study – ConnectSolutions NextUC, http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39100

Excerpt from Technical Roll-up Mail – June 2013 – Unified Communications

Some of the Lync related highlights from the Technical Roll-up Mail – June 2013 – Unified Communications.

Lync, Office Communication Server & LiveMeeting

TechNet Blogs

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/

 

Lync Online: Sign-In Troubleshooting Through ADFS with Lync 2013

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/05/01/lync-online-sign-in-troubleshooting-through-adfs-with-lync-2013.aspx

Lync Online: Lync Contact List Troubleshooting

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/05/01/lync-online-lync-contact-list-troubleshooting.aspx

Lync MVP Article Roundup: April 2013

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/05/08/lync-mvp-article-roundup-april-2013.aspx

Lync Server Federation with Microsoft.com: Root Certificate Change

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/05/09/lync-server-federation-with-microsoft-com-root-certificate-change.aspx

Lync Hybrid Offers Simplified

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/05/13/lync-hybrid-offers-simplified.aspx

Action Needed: Lync Online Certificate Update

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/05/13/action-needed-lync-online-certificate-update.aspx

Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Jump Start

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/05/14/core-solutions-of-microsoft-lync-server-2013-jump-start.aspx

Hot Off the Press: Mastering Lync Server 2013

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/05/16/hot-off-the-press-mastering-lync-server-2013.aspx

Notes from the Field: Lync Server 2013 and Active Monitoring with System Center Operations Manager

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/05/17/notes-from-the-field-lync-server-2013- and-active-monitoring-with-system-center-operations-manager.aspx

 

LyncMD: Troubleshooting Lync Server 2010 when a Remote Sign-In Fails Due to Certificate-Related Issues

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/05/23/lyncmd-troubleshooting-lync-server-2010-when-a-remote-sign-in-fails-due-to-certificate-related-issues.aspx

Hot Off the Press: Microsoft Lync 2013 Unified Communications: From Telephony to Real Time Communication in the Digital Age

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/06/03/hot-off-the-press-microsoft-lync-2013-unified-communications-from-telephony-to-real-time-communication-in-the-digital-age.aspx

Lync Server 2013 Networking Guide: Network Planning, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting with Microsoft Lync Server

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/06/04/lync-server-2013-networking-guide-network-planning-monitoring-and-troubleshooting-with-microsoft-lync-server.aspx

Migrating from Group Chat Server 2010 to Persistent Chat Server 2013

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/06/06/migrating-from-group-chat-server-2010-to-persistent-chat-server-2013.aspx

Lync for Mac 14.0.5

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/06/07/lync-for-mac-14-0-5.aspx

Lync Server 2010 and 2013 Bandwidth Calculator Version 2.0

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/06/07/lync-server-2010-and-2013-bandwidth-calculator-version-2-0.aspx

Lync Online: Troubleshooting Lync-Skype Connectivity

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/06/10/lync-online-troubleshooting-lync-skype-connectivity.aspx

Upload Multiple Lync Phone Edition Firmware Updates to Single or Multiple Pools with New PowerShell Script

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/06/11/upload-multiple-lync-phone-edition-firmware-updates-to-single-or-multiple-pools-with-new-powershell-script.aspx

Enterprise Voice & Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Jump Start

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/06/11/enterprise-voice-amp-online-services-with-microsoft-lync-server-2013-jump-start.aspx

Announcing the Release of Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/06/12/announcing-the-release-of-lync-server-2013-multitenant-hosting-pack.aspx

Lync Online: Office 365 Small Business Admins: Action May Be Required to Turn on Lync-Skype Connectivity

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/06/12/lync-online-office-365-small-business-admins-action-may-be-required-to-turn-on-lync-skype-connectivity.aspx

New Lync 2013 downloads

Microsoft has released updates and downloads for Lync Server 2013.

They are the excellent Planning Tool http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36823, the unmissable Resource Kit tools http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36821 and CU1 For Lync 2013 with some interesting added functionality http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36820. Also amongst the downloads are the client SDK http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36824 and the whiteboard archiving viewer http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36822.

Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer

A new, single url for all the remote connectivity analyzer tools. It allows for testing of Exchange, Lync & Office 365.

A great improvement in the Lync version is the updated verification method. The code is a lot easier to read and it is now valid for 30 minutes.

I also like to use these tools for pre and post update checks and in other situations where you need to provide proof of functionality.

Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer.

MSPL-RespondWithRing

Microsoft SIP Processing Language (MSPL) is a great way to extend the possibilities of Lync, and there are plenty of resources available to help you get started.

I recently talked about MSPL during a training, and was asked to share the example I demoed. Originally it was used as a work around for the ringback issue as explained in http://blogs.technet.com/b/dougl/archive/2009/07/30/ring-back-workaround-for-ocs.aspx. It also shows a way to document the changes made from within PowerShell.

Requirements:

On a FrontEnd server:

  • Create a folder MSPL with subfolder Support and copy the RespondWithRinging.am file to the MSPL folder.
  • In RespondWithRinging.am adjust the appUri to the URI used in the configuration, www.contoso.com/RespondWithRinging, (the default names could be used, but this prevents confusion).

In the Lync Server Management Shell:

  • Use Start-Transript to log your actions.
  • Backup the current configuration: Export-CsConfiguration -FileName C:\MSPL\Support\Config.zip
  • Optional: Use Get-CSServerApplication to check which applications are currently configured. Get-CsServerApplication -Filter “service:*:pool01.contoso.com*” > C:\MSPL\Support\Applications01.txt

Next check the priority of the UserServices because this application needs to have a higher priority than UserServices.

  • Get-CsServerApplication -Filter “Service:Registrar:pool01.contoso.com/UserServices”

Identity   : Service:Registrar:pool01.contoso.com/UserServices

Priority   : 3

Uri        : http://www.microsoft.com/LCS/UserServices

Name       : UserServices

Enabled    : True

Critical   : True

ScriptName :

Next create the application with the New-CsServerApplication commandlet with the priority of the UserServices (3 in this case). This results in a priority of 4 for the UserServices.

  • New-CsServerApplication -Identity “Registrar:pool01.contoso.com/RespondWithRinging” -Uri http://www.contoso.com/RespondWithRinging -Critical $False -Enabled $True -Priority 3 -ScriptName “C:\MSPL\RespondWithRinging.am”

Identity   : Service:Registrar:pool01.contoso.com/RespondWithRinging

Priority   : 3

Uri        : http://www.contoso.com/RespondWithRinging

Name       : RespondWithRinging

Enabled    : True

Critical   : False

ScriptName : C:\MSPL\RespondWithRinging.am

  • Optional: Use Get-CSServerApplication again to check which applications are currently configured. Get-CsServerApplication -Filter “service:*:pool01.contoso.com*” > C:\MSPL\Support\Applications02.txt
  • Check Lync eventlog for event id’s 30803 and 30208.

30803:

Loading application – ‘C:\MSPL\RespondWithRinging.am’

30208: 

Lync Server application has successfully registered.

Application Uri http://www.contoso.com/RespondWithRinging

  • To compile the application: Stop-CsWindowsService and Start-CsWindowsService.
  • Stop-Transcript to stop logging.

MSPL Resources:

Lync team blog article about MSPL: http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2012/03/14/deploying-and-troubleshooting-lync-server-2010-mspl-applications.aspx

http://blog.greenl.ee/2011/07/26/installing-troubleshooting-mspl-scripts/

http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/Lync-Developer-Roundtable-Introduction-to-Lync-Server-2013-SDK-and-MSPL

RingBack resources:

http://voipnorm.blogspot.com/2010/05/ringback-ringback-ringback-where-are.html

http://blogs.technet.com/b/dougl/archive/2009/07/30/ring-back-workaround-for-ocs.aspx (source for this workaround)

Lync 2013 resources

Some of my favorite Lync 2013 resources:

Technet documentation: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398616(v=ocs.15).aspx

Technet forums: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/lyncserverpreview/threads

WAC: One of the prerequisits for Lync 2013 is the WAC component. Curtis Johnstone wrote a great blogpost about it.

Video interoperability by Jeff Schertz http://blog.schertz.name/2012/07/video-interoperability-in-lync-2013/

Integrating Exchange & Lync: http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2012/07/27/3509623.aspx

UCUG.nl meeting 5 juli

De onderwerpen voor de meeting van donderdagmiddag 5 juli zijn:

Lync & VDI – Externe spreker

Exchange Autodiscover – Jaap Wesselius

In deze sessie zal Jaap wat dieper ingaan op de autodiscover materie en welke rol het speelt in een Exchange 2007 / Outlook 2007 en hoger omgeving. Ook zal de rol van SSL certificaten worden besproken en waarom je soms van die vage “server name does not match the name on the certificate” foutmeldingen krijgt.

Lync Loadbalancing – Steven van Houttum

In deze sessie gaat Steven uitgebreidt in op de werking, voordelen en beperkingen van DNS loadbalancing. Verder wordt er gekeken naar het inrichten van Hardware Load Balancers, al of niet in combinatie met DNS LB.

Lokatie is HP Amstelveen.

Inschrijven kan op http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3718482080

Lync Phone status change option

I noticed that this is something that quite a lot of people didn’t know about: the February 2012 update for the Lync IP Phones not only solved some issues, but also added the option to change your availability status.

Lync vragenuur 11 januari 2012

In samenwerking met Microsoft Nederland organiseren we vanuit de UCUG.nl een maandelijks Lync vragen uur. De eerstvolgende staat gepland voor woensdag 11 januari, uiteraard via Lync. Deze keer is er alleen een avondeditie, dit in verband met de vakantie periode.  De volgende keer houden we er nog een keer twee om te zien wat het beste aanslaat. Aan deelname zijn zoals gebruikelijk geen kosten verbonden.

Dit keer hanteren we geen specifiek onderwerp, maar houden we meer een open vragenuur. Er zijn meerdere Lync experts aanwezig om vragen te kunnen beantwoorden.

Vragen hierover, of over andere Lync gerelateerde onderwerpen kunnen eventueel van tevoren per mail ingdiend worden naar steven@ucug.nl. Ook feedback over het vragenuur is zeer welkom.

Registratie kan via de links de ucug.nl aan de rechterzijde. Na registratie zal een link naar de online meeting worden verzonden.

De experts die meewerken doen dit op vrijwillige basis, en zowel komen uit de gelederen van onze usergroup als bij Microsoft Nederland vandaan. We hopen op deze unieke wijze een laagdrempelige manier aan te kunnen bieden om de diverse vragen die er zoal spelen rondom Lync van een antwoord te kunnen voorzien.