Lync – Increase Internal Certificate Validity Period
Feb24

Lync – Increase Internal Certificate Validity Period

When you deploy Lync and assign internal certificates to your Lync servers (E.g. Front End, Internal Edge, SBA and Gateways) by default you will only have a 2 year certificate from the “Web Server” template. I like to create a new Certificate Template for Lync with a 5 year lifespan as it can be quite annoying having to renew certificates, especially on the Edge servers and Gateways where you have to export the cert...

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Lync 2013 – Standard Edition Pool Pair Failover Script
Jan22

Lync 2013 – Standard Edition Pool Pair Failover Script

Lync 2013 introduced a new feature called Pool Pairing. Given the scenario below with 2 sites using Lync Standard Edition with paired pools, in the event that Front End 01 was to fail, or Site 1 failed completely all users will automatically register to Front End 02. However they will receive an error in their Lync client “Limited Functionality due to Outage”, lose their buddy lists, presence information, conferencing...

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Lync Tip: Bandwidth Requirements Simple Calculator
Jan10

Lync Tip: Bandwidth Requirements Simple Calculator

So you need to calculate how much bandwidth Lync will use, you launch google and type “Lync bandwidth requirements”.  You click the top link for Microsoft Downloads “Lync 2010 and 2013 Bandwidth Calculator” here http://windowspbx.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/simple-smb-lync-bandwidth-calculator.html.  You download the zip, open the excel file then realise you don’t have a degree in quantum physics or it’s...

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Lync – Change queue overflow number with PowerShell Script
Jul12

Lync – Change queue overflow number with PowerShell Script

The scenario is you have created a Response Group (IVR) with an option to call an Out Of Hours engineer.  You configure a queue overflow to forward straight to a mobile telephone number outside of your organisation as follows: The out of hours engineer changes on a rota and you want staff to be able to change the queue overflow number without giving them having to access the Lync Control Panel.  I have created a PowerShell script that...

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Lync 2013 CDR Report – Recharge Call Costs
Jul11

Lync 2013 CDR Report – Recharge Call Costs

I needed a method to recharge departments call costs from Microsoft Lync and came across the following article by Frederik Lefevre: http://www.ucprofessional.com/2012/01/lync-cdr-report.html I found this was exactly what I required but unfortunately the SQL views were not compatible with Lync 2013. This is a simple guide on how to get this working on Lync 2013 for call costs in the UK: SQL Database Configuration On the Lync Monitoring...

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