MSFT made a nice vid about the Lync Room System
Microsoft just released SP1 for Office 2013 Pro Plus it can be downloaded here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=42017
There are some changes for the Lync 2013 Client. This service package fixes the issues that are described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles:
Microsoft has released On-Premise Architectures Poster. It is a nice overview how it installed.
it can be downloaded here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41952
Microsoft released Planning a Lync Server 2013 Deployment on Virtual Servers how to guide.
Microsoft released the Lync Server 2013 Stress test guide, it can be downloaded here.
To validate the capacity planning requirements of a Lync Server 2013 deployment, we recommend that you perform a stress testing exercise using The Lync Server 2013 Stress and Performance Tool (LSS). This document will take you through the steps required to plan and conduct a Lync Server stress testing exercise.
Updates that are released for Lync Server 2013
- Update for Central Management Server
Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.577 for Lync Server 2013 Central Management Server: January 2014
- Update for Backup Service
Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.577 for Lync Server 2013 Backup Service: January 2014
- Update for Standard or Enterprise Edition server (Front End Servers and Edge Servers)
Description of the Lync 2013 update 15.0.4551.1005: November 7, 2013
Inconsistent format and duplicate telephone numbers are displayed in a contact card in Lync 2013
Lync 2013 crashes when an RCC-enabled user signs in
“Presence unknown” status for a contact in a federated environment or a different front-end pool is displayed in Lync 2013
User cannot call another user by clicking a telephone number hyperlink in a contact card in Lync 2013
Presence status isn’t updated based on Exchange calendar in Lync 2013
2880161(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880161 / )
You can’t drag a contact from Lync 2013 to another application
Proxy authentication dialog box appears when you sign in to Lync 2013
Instant message sent from Lync Web App displays wrong symbols in Lync 2013
Can’t sign in to Lync 2013 when a user logs on to a computer by using an account from a different AD forest
A proxy authentication dialog box appears when you upload a PowerPoint presentation in Lync 2013
Can’t sign in to Lync 2013 on a computer that is running Windows 7
Extended character is displayed incorrectly in a disclaimer in Lync 2013
You cannot start a collaboration application that is integrated with Lync 2013
- Some components in the contextual Mini toolbar and ribbon appear blurry.
- When you use a UIA-based screen reader (such as Microsoft Narrator) to read a message, the shapes and images are not read by the UIA-based screen reader.
- The inline attachment is read as “image” instead of as “attachment” by UIA-based screen reader such as Narrator.
Update can be installed from :
Microsoft released the October Update yesterday, this updates enables the “operator assistance” feature during a PSTN dial-in conference in a Lync Server 2013 environment. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2882802
The update enables administrators to provide support for the *0 Dual Tone Multi Frequency (DTMF) command in a public switched telephone network (PSTN) dial-in conference in a Microsoft Lync Server 2013 environment. After the update is installed, a PSTN caller is able to be transferred to an operator number that the administrator defines.
the CU also fixes
- Update for Core Components
Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.556 for Lync Server 2013, Core Components: October 2013
- Update for Conferencing server
Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Conferencing Server: July 2013
- Update for Web Components server
Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.556 for Lync Server 2013, Web Components: October 2013
- Update for Standard or Enterprise Edition server (Front End Servers and Edge Servers)
Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.556 for Lync Server 2013 (Front End Server and Edge Server) : October 2013
- Update for Web Conferencing server
Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Web Conferencing Server: July 2013
- Update for Mediation server
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2881699 / )
Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.556 for Lync Server 2013, Mediation Server: October 2013
- Update for Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2881685 / )
Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.556 for Lync Server 2013, Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 Runtime: October 2013
- Update for Call Park Service
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2881703 / )
Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.556 for the Lync Server 2013, Call Park service: October 2013
- Update for Persistent Chat server
Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Persistent Chat: July 2013
- Update for Unified Communications Managed API 3.0 Workflow APIs
Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, UCMA 3.0 Workflow APIs: July 2013
- Update for Administrative Tools
Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Administrative Tools: July 2013
- Update for Conferencing Attendant
Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.556 for Lync Server 2013, Conferencing Attendant: October 2013
- Update for Conferencing Announcement
Microsoft released the Lync 2013 Workload Poster
I also created a Zoom it Picture
Microsoft has a KB article written about removing the last active attribute for the away state, this can be useful for company’s where the employees have the feeling they are being “watched” or many other reasons .
These attributes can be removed on the server side. so changes on the client side are not necessary.
The KB article of MSFT is telling us it can be done on Lync 2010, but a customer is going to Lync 2013 so I’ve tested it on Lync 2013 as well and it working just fine.
How this can be done.
You have to create a text file on all the front-end server in the following directory.
Lync 2010 %Installation Folder%\Microsoft Lync Server 2010\Server\Core\
Lync 2013 %Installation Folder%\Microsoft Lync Server 2013\Server\Core\
The name of the text file has to be : Rtcaggregate.exe.config . include the following configuration entry :
<configuration> <appSettings> <add key="PublishLastActive" value="false" /> </appSettings> </configuration>
After the text file is saved restart the Front-End Server service (RtcSrv) to apply the changes.
Now it looks like this :
Microsoft has updated his CHM file for Lync 2013 Server.
This one is published the 13th of March.
Download it here : http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35405
Microsoft has just released the Lync 2013 Mobile Client for WP8 only. The client is only working with a Lync 2013 server environment.
Screen from Windows Phone Store:
Some screenshot of the client itself
Video is coming soon, hoping that my Nokia 920 Yellow arrives this week.
What’s New in the Planning Tool for Lync Server 2013?
- The Planning Tool now allow user to have up to 10 sites, including central site and disaster recovery site
- Lync Server Planning Tool 2013 offers the capacity guidance for Lync Server 2013 new and updated features, including below areas. User can answer the question regarding these features through Planning Tool, and then the suggested topology will contain the information, e.g hardware, network, DNS, certificate, IP, etc, according to the Lync Server 2013 user model.
- Persistent Chat
- Archiving with Exchange integration
- Multi-view Video
- High Availability and Disaster Recovery
- Office Web Apps
- Exchange Mailbox
- Lync Server Planning Tool 2013 allow user to have IPv6 IP address
- Planning Tool identifies the IP conflicts across sites in the suggest topology. User can choose to show or hide IP conflict in the topology.
- Planning Tool offers a more user friend FQDN/IP/Port editing dialog
- Planning Tool updates the suggested hardware requirement, DNS and certificates with Lync Server 2013 changes
- Planning Tool updates the planning steps and deployment steps with Lync Server 2013 changes
- Lync Server Planning Tool 2013 support the better accessibility requirement
- Lync Server Planning Tool 2013 offers the better exported Visio and Excel files. Visio file matches the suggested topology diagram in Planning Tool well.
- Lync Server Planning Tool 2013 does not support the below features any more
- Virtualized server design
- Export the Planning Tool file to Topology Builder
Can be downloaded here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36823&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MicrosoftDownloadCenter+%28Microsoft+Download+Center%29#tm
It can be found here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36820
How To for a Standard Edition
Download the update installer :
Click on Install Updates
After it is Finished you have to reboot the server.
After the reboot don’t forget to update the database
Install-CsDatabase -ConfiguredDatabases -SqlServerFqdn SE.FQDN -Verbose
When this is done we can proceed to the CU1 update for the Edge server.
Press Install Updates.
after its finished check if all the services are started and check the topology in the control panel if everything is OK
Had to do some testing/troubleshooting on our experience environment which is running Lync Server 2013 I stumbled upon some issues.
I was testing the Lync Edge server 2013 with a client on my corporate laptop. My corporate laptop has Window 8 installed and is connected to a Lync Server 2010 environment. Also I have installed the Lync 2013 Debugging tools.
When opening the logging file under “C:\Users\Joost\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Lync\Tracing” with Snooper 2013 it crashed, tried this on several machines.After some troubleshooting and trying around I found the problem.
Snooper 2013 can’t open logfiles from an Lync server 2010 environment, when throwing away the logfile and then login to lync again (to the Lync server 2013) it was all working.So keep in mind you have to first delete the log files because standard the log files are set to full in a Lync client 2013. Than open the appropriate Snooper version to go troubleshoot the issues.
Installed both the resource kit Lync 2010 and the debugging tools on my Windows 8 laptop but when you want to pin Snooper to Start they are both the same name. is solved this by renaming the files to Snooper 2010 and Snooper 2013 and the pinned it to Start.
Now it looks like this:
I’ve Just installed Lync server 2013 in our experience center, because it’s handy to have for our installations. The powershell script for the pre-requisites.
Don’t forget to install Silverlight.
source: http://ocsguy.com/2012/11/01/welcome-to-lync-2013-part-1/ thnx Kevin
Microsoft just released all the Wave 15 products for TechNet and MSDN subscribers.
The following product are available:
- Office 2013 Professional Plus x86/x64
- Exchange 2013 standard/enterprise
- Lync Server 2013
- SharePoint 2013
The Look and Feel of the Office 2013 products are slick, and much better then preview versions.
The long wait is over so we can now install all these new versions into our labs and maybe some in production environments.
hard/busy times coming.
Lync 2013 offers a clean new look to help you communicate quickly and easily. You’ll also notice new features like persistent chat rooms, shared notes, and mobility that help you adapt Lync to your own personal workflow whether you’re in the office, at home, or on the go.
Top features to explore
CLEAN LOOK WITH QUICK LYNCS
Lync now uses a Quick Lync bar to provide more functionality with less clutter. The Quick Lync bar contains buttons that are revealed when you hover over a contact’s photo. You can start a chat, a call, a video call, or view a contact card with a single click. Hover over the three dots on the right side to see more options.
Chat Rooms replaces Activity Feeds. With the Chat Rooms button
, you can quickly access your chat rooms and topic feeds.
A new Full Screen icon
lets you expand your Lync window to fill the screen.
The Add a contact button
helps you quickly build your Contact list.
PERSISTENT CHAT ROOMS AND TOPIC FEEDS
Lync 2013 includes persistent chat rooms where you can hold ongoing discussions with the friends and co-workers you choose. Click the Chat Room button to search for chat rooms, monitor chat room activity, and read and post messages.
When you create a chat room, you can set its privacy level to:
- Open, which anyone can find, read, or post messages in. No membership is required.
- Closed, which anyone can find, but only members can read or post messages in. (Default)
- Secret, which can be seen by members only.
Once you enter a chat room, the photos at the top show you its members and their current presence status. You can also view any member’s contact card by hovering over their photo and clicking the down arrow.
You can even create topic feeds so you’ll be notified if someone in one of your chat rooms adds a post containing specific words.
In the Persistent Chat options page, you can set notification alerts and sounds that apply when people post messages to your chat rooms.
KEEP YOUR FAVORITES CLOSE
For quicker access, a new Favorites group lets you build a list of people you contact most often. Just right-click a contact, and then click Add to Favorites in the drop-down list.
NEW DISPLAY OPTIONS
The selections on the Contacts view give you many new display options:
Click Groups to see your contacts and chat rooms organized by the groups you’ve defined. Click Status to see your contacts organized by availability (online, away, unknown, or unavailable). Click Relationships to see them grouped according to the privacy relationships you’ve defined for them, or click New to see a list of people who’ve asked to be included on your Contact list.
Use the new Contact List options page to set up how you want to sort and display contacts. You can select an expanded, two-line view that shows contacts’ pictures, or a condensed one-line view. You can also sort contacts alphabetically or by availability.
With the new tabbed conversations feature, you can now keep all your calls, instant messages (IM), and chat rooms in one conversation window. The tabs along the left side of the conversation window let you navigate easily among all active conversations.
Use the pop-out button
to break out a single conversation into its own window, and then resize it as you like. Then use the pop-in button
to add the window back to the main conversation window. You can also use this pop-out/pop-in feature in a meeting where video or content is being presented.
Lync can remember your conversation state even when you sign out and sign back in.
The icons at the bottom of the conversation window let you quickly add others to an IM conversation or upgrade it to an audio call, a video call, or a presentation with file-sharing and web conferencing tools (whiteboard, meeting notes, shared notebooks, and attachments). Hovering over an icon will reveal its communication mode and the options available to you; clicking the icon converts your IM to that mode.
NEW VIDEO FEATURES
With the Quick Lync bar, you can start a video call with a contact with just one click.
Before you place or accept a video call, you can see a preview of your own video in the invitation.
With the new Gallery View, you automatically see everyone in the video conference. When video is not available, a speaker’s photo will appear. The gallery controls enable you to see participants’ names and identify active speakers. The gallery shows the most relevant people in the meeting at all times by bringing the dominant speaker’s video “into focus” to the standing row, and displaying the photos of less active participants in the sitting rows.
When there are more than five participants in a video conference, the five most active participants’ video windows appear in the top row, and photos of the other participants appear below. You can also select one or more of the participants to be visible at all times.
Lync now provides high DPI support, enabling you to scale text and graphics for 125% and 150% dots per inch. High-contrast support means that Lync is visually appealing, even when used with the different high contrast themes of Windows.
Additionally, Lync now offers more than 100 keyboard shortcuts for important functions, giving you direct access without a mouse. For example, you can now press ALT+C to accept a call, or ALT + I to ignore it, without even having to tab or set the focus. You can also use your keyboard to end a call (ALT+Q), start OneNote (CTRL+N), and open the Tools menu (ALT+T).
Extensive screen reader support in Lync 2013 ensures that all notifications, incoming requests, and instant messages are read aloud so you’re always kept in the loop.
New meeting features
JOIN A LYNC MEETING WITH JUST ONE CLICK
Whether you’re in your office or on the road, you can join a Lync Meeting with only a single click or touch. You no longer need to write down or remember dial-in numbers and passcodes. Just click Join Lync Meeting from an Outlook meeting reminder on your computer, or from the calendar or meeting pane on a Windows Phone, iOS, or Android device.
MEETING SPACE OPTIONS
When scheduling a meeting, you can select your own dedicated space, or you can create a new meeting room with a new ID and password. This lets you customize your meeting options to better fit your requirements, meeting type, or the participants. For example, if you have external participants, specific presenters, or confidential information to discuss, you might want to create a more controlled meeting space.
Depending on the type of meeting, you can now decide whether you want to mute the audience and allow or block video sharing when scheduling the meeting. These options are available on the Meeting Options page and are recommended when you have a meeting with more than 20 participants.
EXPANDED MEETING CONTROLS
Easy-to-use audio controls in the meeting room let you mute and unmute yourself, change your audio devices, and even transfer seamlessly to another number.
The Share menu gives you access to all presentable content in one place, such as Desktop, PowerPoint presentations, Poll, Whiteboard, and OneNote.
You’re notified every time you share content, with an easy-to-view pop-up in the meeting.
You can even select multiple programs to share if you need to work with more than one program.
You can now upload presentations that contain video clips. Just upload the PowerPoint presentation and point the mouse over the slide to unhide the video controls to play, pause, or adjust the audio.
While another participant is presenting a PowerPoint deck, you can review the slides privately, go back to the presenter’s view, or take over the presentation if you need to co-present.
As the presenter of the meeting, you can allow or block sending videos. No Attendee Video lets you restrict video sharing to presenters only. This option is helpful when you have a large meeting and need to limit access to presenters only.
Hide peoples’ names under their photo or video in the gallery by using Hide Names.
Click Everyone an Attendee to instantly change all other presenters to attendees.
PICK A LAYOUT… ANY LAYOUT
Depending on your meeting type, you can select a specific view of content, presenter, or meeting participants by using the Pick a layout button
Gallery View shows all the participants’ photos or videos. Speaker View shows the meeting content with the presenter’s video or photo in the lower-right corner of the meeting window. Presentation View shows only the meeting content. You get a full view of the content, but you won’t see the participants. Compact View shows only the participants’ photos. Just hover over a photo to see their contact information.
When you record a meeting, the recording is automatically saved in a format (MP4) that plays in Windows Media Player. You can easily share the file with anyone, or use the Publish feature in Lync Recording Manager to post the recording to a shared location.
EASY COLLABORATION WITH SHARED NOTES
OneNote provides new ways to collaborate during a meeting. You can use shared notebooks and co-edit with meeting participants in real time during a meeting, or take notes for your personal use after the meeting. OneNote Share simplifies communication and follow-up while reducing errors caused by later transcription.
All team members can access the shared notes to contribute information, brainstorm ideas, or use the notebook pages as a virtual whiteboard. The OneNote window is automatically docked to the meeting window, and people and content shared in the meeting are automatically added to Notes.
You can use the Manage Presentable Content menu to change permissions, rename, or remove content.
When Lync detects that you’re giving a presentation, it automatically assigns you a Do Not Disturb – Presenting presence status. This blocks IMs and other disruptive communications from appearing.
LYNC WEB APP
Lync Web App allows PC and Mac users to join a Lync Meeting from within a web browser and now delivers a full Lync Meeting experience, including:
HD video, which brings life and expression to Lync, letting people “see what you mean” in new ways.
Voice over IP (VoIP) so you can connect to your meeting from anywhere without getting hit with call origination fees.
Instant messaging, which ensures that you can communicate silently when necessary, such as when you’re in a coffee shop or on a train.
Desktop, application, and PowerPoint sharing so your content can be seen by other meeting participants, enabling you to continue collaborating without missing a beat!
Lync makes it easy for you to communicate anywhere you have Internet or cellular access, by allowing you to be reached by name wherever you are. You can switch among devices as you choose, and be confident that you’ll have a familiar and consistent user experience across computer, phone, browser, and tablet.
LYNC FOR MOBILE CLIENTS
Lync for mobile clients enables you to maintain your presence wherever you are through your Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, or Android device. You can manage your time better by deciding your availability and controlling interruptions. You can email, IM, call, or even join an audio conference with just one touch.
Lync for mobile clients gives you the best productivity across devices. You can view your colleagues’ presence in real time and choose the best way to connect – IM, email, or call. When you call, Lync uses your Enterprise Voice number so you can communicate with a single, consistent identity and avoid call origination charges.
Connectivity is available both on your corporate network and on your mobile carrier data channel without requiring a virtual private network (VPN). You can join an audio conference with a single touch, without having to remember passcodes or PINs.
Lync for mobile clients also lets you search your corporate directory and connect to federated contacts on other networks.