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Lync and Site specific Simple URL's

Published at June 10, 2014 ·  2 min read

We recently had a requirement when deploying a new Lync 2013 pool to give a Site/Region their own Simple URL’s. I knew this could be done and it’s always easier when doing it during the deployment but this was the first time I had ever had to do it when the site had been running for awhile on Lync 2010 and using the Global Simple URL’s. Our requirement was to go from using the Global Simple URL (meet....

Lync 2013 Trunks and EnableFastFailover

Published at June 3, 2014 ·  2 min read

This post was inspired by a troubleshooting session that happened just before the long Memorial Day Weekend here in the states. We had just moved our pilot users over to our Lync 2013 pool a day before when they started reporting issues calling certain numbers. What was interesting was not all calls were failing. Only international calls and a few mobiles were failing. National calls were working fine. Nothing changed call flow-wise so it had me a bit stumped....

Jabra Motion UC Battery Life Report

Published at May 22, 2014 ·  2 min read

Awhile back I was given a Jabra Motion UC headset to test and work with to review. You can read my initial thoughts here: http://phyler.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/jabra-motion-uc-initial-thoughts/ After using this now for a few months, I thought I would report on the battery life. Jabra released an update in mid-April that extends the battery life to 8 hours but I wasn’t seeing anywhere close to that so I contacted their support and we worked through it and found a few things....

May COUCUG Meeting

Published at May 15, 2014 ·  1 min read

The May meeting for the Colorado UC User Group is just around the corner on the 29th from 4-6pm. Come listen to Exchange MVP Jason Sherry (@jasonsherry) speak about Exchange Cross-forest migrations. You can get more details and RSVP at www.coucug.org....

Support your local Lync User Group

Published at April 30, 2014 ·  2 min read

The last full week of April we saw many people from around the US gather to participate in local user group events. As a leader of the Colorado Unified Communications User Group (COUCUG), I am ecstatic to see the success and engagement growing for all of the local communities. If you are not involved in a local user group, I believe you should be. The local user groups are not a place where people should be bored listening to a sales pitch....

Reflections on Best of #Lync Conf Denver #COUCUG

Published at April 25, 2014 ·  3 min read

Yesterday, (April 24th), was the Best of Lync Conference Denver. As a leader of the Colorado Unified Communications User Group, I was involved in the planning, setup and execution of putting this event on. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what we accomplished. First, we had a goal of 40 attendees. We ended up with 48 or 49 plus the sponsors and leaders of the user group for a grand total of 58....

COUCUG Feb Meeting - Identity Management and #Office365

Published at February 25, 2014 ·  1 min read

For folks in the Denver area, the February meeting of the Colorado UC User Group is this Thursday (2⁄27) from 4-6pm at the Microsoft offices in the DTC. We are going to be discussing Identity Management with Office365. This is an important topic if you are wanting to utilize Office365 with Single Sign-on or if you are running (or going to run) a Hybrid setup. You can find out more and RSVP at www....

Jabra Motion UC [Initial Thoughts]

Published at February 5, 2014 ·  4 min read

The good folks at Jabra sent me a stack of devices that I will be working my way through. This is my first impressions with the Jabra Motion UC device. My day job requires me to be on the phone a lot. I work from home most days and use a headset or speaker phone for an average of 4-5 hours per day. A good headset and a speaker phone are a must....

Find #Lync Versions

Published at January 21, 2014 ·  2 min read

Awhile back, a tool called Find Lync Versions was released. This tool was pretty helpful in finding out what versions of Lync were registering to a server. For me specifically, it helped me find a bunch of old CX700 phones that were connecting with OCS versions of Lync Phone Edition. I recently went to find it again and the site that it was hosted on was gone. I used the Way Back Machine and an old copy I had to use it again recently....

#Lync Conferencing Anonymous User Time-out

Published at January 16, 2014 ·  2 min read

Ran into this awhile back and documented it in my “To Blog” note pile. Client wanted to know how long someone who isn’t the meeting owner (i.e. a guest from another company) could stay in a meeting before they were kicked out if the meeting owner (aka Presenter) dropped. I found this article on Technet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398340.aspx and it explained the following: AnonymousUserGracePeriod: Represents the amount of time an anonymous (unauthenticated) user can remain in a meeting without an authenticated user being present in that same meeting....