Author Archives: Steven

Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack Deployment Guide now online.

The Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack Deployment Guide is now part of the Technet Library. This makes maintenance easier, so we will probably see some updates soon. Right now the hardware requirements are still based on Lync 2010, the correct information can be found here.

Updated Lync Voice training

I have extended the M20337 (Enterprise Voice and Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013) that I will be delivering for Global Knowledge (Belgium and Netherlands) to include the most recent voice additions to Lync such as Location Based Routing and Group Call Pickup. We will also cover Session Border Controller and Voice Gateway functionality, and how… Read More »

Lync Right Start Kit on MPN

Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) has some excellent Lync resources. For example the Lync Right Start kit, part of the Lync accelerate framework. In the Lync Right Start Kit you will find: Lync business value assessment tool Unified Communications strategy workshop Lync technical briefing Network readiness workshop Lync pilot success kit Lync 2010 and Lync 2013 bandwidth calculator Lync… Read More »

Lync Server 2013 and SQL cluster support

It seems that the updated support statement for SQL has gone a bit unnoticed. At Lync RTM, only SQL Mirroring was supported for backend high availability, and SQL cluster was not. That has changed recently, now both SQL mirroring and cluster are supported. For the full statement: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398990.aspx  

Reverse Proxy for Lync

The interop site for Lync now also includes reverse proxy solutions. Currently it mentions two solutions, TMG and IIS Application Request Routing (ARR). TMG continues to be a great reverse proxy/firewall, and is still supported by Microsoft. IIS ARR can be an interesting solution for new deployments or as a replacement for TMG in situations where TMG… Read More »

Download Lync Conference 2013 Sessions

Lync Conf 2014 has been announced, but the sessions from the 2013 edition are still available for everyone. Great content from Microsoft and external speakers covering different aspects of Lync. Technical levels range from 100-400.

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.

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… Read More »

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… Read More »