Monday, December 15, 2014

Restore SimpleURL for Lync

Keen eyes might have noted the SimpleURLs were not restored using PowerShell to restore the Topology.

I have created a video, showing how you may restore the SimpleURL to the topology with a backup created with the Lync 2013 backup script v3.5

The video is about 1 minute 20 seconds long, and shows a restore of my lab in near real time. It has no sound, but the CC will explain what's going on.


The important giveaways from this movie should be:
  • Permissions required to run Lync command
  • When importing the CsConfiguration like this, you also restore the rest of the information created with the export-/import-CsConfiguration.
As always, you can find the script right here.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Restoring Lync 2013 topology

I have created a video, showing how you may restore the topology with a backup created with the Lync 2013 backup script v3.5

The video is about 6 minutes long, and shows a restore of my lab in real time. It has no sound, but the CC will explain what's going on.



The important giveaways from this movie should be:
  • Permissions required to run Lync commands
    • Domain rights to write to computer ojects
  • Things to look out for (warnings and errors)
  • A quick troubleshooting (where to find the logs)
As always, you can find the script right here.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Lync 2013 and Skype Video calling

For true fans of true universal communications, Christmas came early this year!
Microsoft announced the availability of Lync to Skype video calling.
And this is what it is all about, the availability of this icon, the video call button:


And what comes next? A nice video (no one in the other room :P )


In this screenshot I am on a Skype client, and the other side is on a Lync 2013 klient.

This is one of the really anticipated updates, and it gives "universal communications" a real feel. With Lync to Skype federation enabled, your Lync 2013 users can now potentially reach millions of users, and have high quality conversations.

Enough promo, what does it take to make it work? Surprisingly little. If you already have the Skype IM/P-Audio federation set up, you are good to go. All it takes are up to date clients (Skype 7.0.0.100 and October Lync client CU).
If you haven't enabled Lync to Skype Federation, follow the simple steps outlined in this guide.

A note to end users: It only works on Skype for Windows desktop at the moment (no mobile devices just yet). And I discovered you have to get the latest version from this site to make it work (an update check within my original Skype client did not upgrade to this version, but it will soon, probably).

It will work on Lync 2013 Desktop client and iOS devices.

Happy video calling!