Category Archives: Lync

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:  

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 »

New Snooper tool and more updated Lync 2013 resources

Updated Snooper tool: Also updated, Lync Server 2013 Capacity Calculator and Lync Server 2013 Planning Tool

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 »

New Lync 2013 downloads

Microsoft has released updates and downloads for Lync Server 2013. They are the excellent Planning Tool, the unmissable Resource Kit tools and CU1 For Lync 2013 with some interesting added functionality Also amongst the downloads are the client SDK and the whiteboard archiving viewer

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… Read More »


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… Read More »