Wait-CsManagementStoreReplicationStatus PowerShell Script

Working in IT, obviously means that I’m an inpatient sort of person. One of the most frustrating moments dealing with Lync is waiting for Central Management Store replication. The PowerShell cmdlet is Get-CsManagementStoreReplicationStatus or as everybody knows it Get-CsMan<tab><tab> And then to see if it’s completed, the ritual keyboard banging…

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Mobile Security with PointSharp

Everybody knows that Lync is secure, it uses TLS encryption for signalling and media end-to-end, but for some companies that’s not enough. It’s not only important that the application traffic be secured, but the devices and credentials used to access and use corporate services also need to be kept safe.…

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Lync Server Centralized Logging Service Agent Service could not be started

Just a quick article to highlight an issue I had recently. Fresh install of Lync Server 2013, updates applied via WSUS (everything was approved) and the latest Lync Server Cumlative Update (September 2014) had been applied. Lync Topology was configured, front end server brought online. Everything looked ok, Topology tab…

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MS14-055 Broke My Edge Server

** Update 5 see’s Microsoft re-release the server.msp security patch – confirmed working. A client just contacted me saying they had no edge access. Internal clients were showing “Limited External Calling”. Environment is Lync Server 2010, running on Windows 2008 R2.. This specifically affected the Edge Server role only. Troubleshooting…

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Ringback, Silence, Ringback

It can be easy to take things like the dial-tone, or ringback for granted… until they don’t act like you expect them to. And we all know that if something doesn’t act like people expect, it can only mean one thing.. increased calls to the IT helpdesk 🙂 Here’s my retrospective…

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Lync Call Concurrency and SIP Channel Usage

UPDATED 25/08/2014 – Thanks to SinisterPenguin for their SQL Query – see below. The topic of ‘how many SIP channels is Lync using’ has come up in blogs and forums quite a few times, but I still get asked and I don’t really have an answer or solution that I’m truly happy…

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CLI Suppression, Federated Lync Calls, and SimRing

Here’s something interesting I saw recently. It’s a little involved, I’ll do my best to explain (there will be diagrams)… so, imagine this situation… CLI Suppression in PSTN Calls For security, secrecy, or customer engagement / marketing reasons – users are not supposed to give out their personal numbers… Therefore…

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SIP Pinger Tool

Checking connectivity to a TCP SIP Trunk is easy enough, “telnet” is the Swiss Army knife of any techie toolkit, and it should show that routing and firewall rules are configured correctly. However, I’ve had a couple of situations where that wasn’t enough. First example involved Checkpoint firewalls between all client sites, and…

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