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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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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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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Lync Central Forest Topology with Forefront Identity Manager (FIM)

The idea of this article is to explain what role FIM plays in multiple forest Lync deployments, and how it does it. This is going to be another long article, so shall we get the awkward bit over with, and let me tell you a story of how I first came to know FIM.…

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Improve Lync Contact Search without Sharepoint

Do you ever get the feeling that searching for users in Lync could be a whole lot easier? A friend pointed out that he couldn’t search for a particular department in a newly deployed Lync Server 2013 environment, yet when he searched with a name, the department information showed up.…

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