Announcing the Release of Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack

The Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack enables service providers to sell value-added Lync-based solutions to small and midsized customers. Partners can customize their offerings with value-added services beyond what is available in Lync Online by integrating third-party applications, as well as bundle offers with additional network services, hardware and ongoing support.

Due to the infrastructure requirements of a single-tenant Lync Server, it is not economical to host the service for customers with less than 300 users. In addition, the standard on-premises Lync Server cannot be securely configured in a multi-tenant architecture deployment. The hosting pack topology, based on Lync Online, enables partners to offer a more cost-effective topology to manage a large number of tenants with fewer users, which makes the offering compelling to SMB customers.

Source: http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/06/12/announcing-the-release-of-lync-server-2013-multitenant-hosting-pack.aspx

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Provisioning Guide for Lync-Skype Connectivity

Lync Online and Lync Server both support connectivity with Skype. This connectivity allows Lync and Skype users to communicate with each other, add each other as contacts, and see each others’ presence. This guide for Lync Online administrators and Lync Server Administrators describes how to enable connectivity between Lync and Skype users.

Skype Lync Example

Important

In order for Lync and Skype users to fully communicate with each other, the following requirements must be met:

Skype user must be logged into their Skype client with a Microsoft Account (MSA).

Lync users must be enabled for public IM connectivity by their Lync administrator.

When a Skype user adds a Lync contact, verify that below the contact’s name the word Lync appears. This indicates that a Lync URI was found.

When a Skype user adds a Lync contact and zero search results are returned for that Lync domain, the PIC provisioning process may not have completed or the Lync domain has not yet been set up.

Lastly, depending on the privacy settings of the Lync and Skype users, IM and presence may not work until contacts are accepted by each user.

#Lync Server 2013 Whiteboard Archiving Viewer

In Lync Server 2013, the whiteboard(s) used during the meetings is archived as an XML file into the archiving store (file share if using database or Microsoft Exchange 2013).  You can use this tool to convert Lync Server 2013 whiteboard content archived by Lync Server 2013 Web Conferencing service, into an HTML5 format, so you can view the whiteboard in a supported browser.

 

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36822

 

Microsoft #Lync Server 2013 Resource Kit Tools Released

The Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Resource Kit Tools contain the following tools. The details of each tool and their usage are described in the accompanying documentation.

  • ABSConfig
  • Audio Extractor
  • Bandwidth Policy Service Monitor
  • Bandwidth Utilization Analyzer
  • Call Parkometer
  • DBAnalyze
  • Error Log Replayer
  • Error String Display
  • LCSSync
  • MsTurnPing
  • Network Configuration Viewer
  • Response Group Agent Live
  • Response Group Export-Import
  • SEFAUtil
  • Snooper
  • TopologyValidator
  • Watson Support Tool for Lync Phone Edition
  • Web Conf Data

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36821

 

Planning Tool for #Lync Server 2013

The Microsoft Lync Server 2013, Planning Tool asks you a series of questions about your organization and the features that you are interested in. The planning tool will then use your answers to recommend a topology based on the tested Microsoft Lync Server 2013 user model.
Your organization may have a different user model. If so, you should adjust the recommended topology as necessary to fit your organization’s needs.
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
    • Mobility
    • 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

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36823

 

#Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update 1 Released #Lync

Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update 1 is released.

Don’t forget to run the install-csdatabase commands for updating the backend!!

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36820

Updates that are released for Lync Server 2013

A certification journey: Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert Communications (aka #Lync2013)

Yesterday I took the final exam of the MCSE Communication certification track. In this post I want to inform you about the journey I took to pass the track.

The following figure gives a proper outline how the certification track is build up:

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70-336 Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013

For me the MSCE certification started by preparing myself for the 70-336 Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013. With a couple of hours of preparing myself and taking my experience of Lync Server 2010 I thought too take the exam and pass. And that was a big mistake….However very close I failed to pass the exam. This wasn’t a proper preparation and before retaken the exam I forced myself to prepare in a proper way. For me this was taken the TechNet website with the Lync 2013 Planning documentation and start studying and studying. And after a week of hard studying I took the exam again and passed! So this was the first exam of the three required for the exam!

These are the preparation material I used:

 

70-417 Upgrading You Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

The second step in my certification track was upgrading my MSCA Windows Server 2008 certification to MSCA 2012. For this upgrade there is a combined exam available for those who have done a previous MSCA track. After taking a couple of weeks of preparation I took the exam and I passed.

These are the preparation material I used:

 

70-337 Enterprise Voice & Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013

And then it was time for my final exam. Before taking the exam I knew this was a hard one to study for. For this exam it is required to have experience deploying voice with MS Lync. It is loaded with questions about Exchange UM, Normalization rules, Trunks and Voice features and besides that it contains a proper knowledge about how to integrate with O365. But I took the exam and I passed and therefore I finally succeeded and got certified. Although it is not a master certification I am proud and I recommend it to everyone who is working with Lync Server today!

These are the preparation material I used:

 

General Tips:

  • Take a proper preparation time for preparing yourself. Because I didn’t I had to retake the exam and that is a waste of time.
  • Build your own Lync lab, include Exchange UM and get experience.
  • Use TechNet it is your friend, especially because there are no official books on Lync 2013 released yet!
  • And finally don’t get depressed if you fail an exam. It happened to me I got back on the horse and carried on!

 

Good Luck!

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