Weekly IT Newsletter – November 17-21, 2014

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Summary of Lync 2013 November-2014 updates

Name Download Date of Update What’s New
Lync Server Updates (5.0.8308.834) Download 11/20
  • 3014834 – Lync Web App users are disconnected to a video meeting on a Mac device in a Lync Server 2013 environment
  • 3010330 – Response group usage report displays incorrect amount of offered calls and answered calls in Lync Server 2013
  • 3010327 – Event 36023 is consistently logged on multiple front-end servers in a Lync Server 2013 environment that enables CAC
Microsoft Lync Room System Deployment Guide (November 2014) Download 11/18
  • Added Manageability Tools for Lync Room System section
  • Added Resources and Tools section
  • Added Room Setup Scripts section
  • Added Hybrid (Split Domain) Deployments section
  • Added Multiple Forest On-premises Deployments section
Lync Server 2013 Management Pack (5.0.8308.831) Download 11/18
  • Unknown
Microsoft Lync Room System Administrative Web Portal (v8308.846) Download 11/17
  • Unknown
Lync Room System (v15.12) – November 2014 update for Lync Room System (KB3011144) Download 11/17
  • Adds functionality to make public switch telephone network (PSTN) calls and adds a Find a contact button in the In-meeting dial pad.
  • Adds functionality to the “Where is my join button” feature so that users can create a meeting by using the existing meeting information from the console. 
  • Adds functionality to reduce the number of Lync Room System restarts for future device updates that are later than the November 2014 update (version 15.12.0). 
  • Adds functionality to monitor Lync Room Systems in a workgroup by using System Center Operations Manager.
  • Improves some UI colors on the console and front of room screens. Before the UI colors are improved, some buttons appear dimmed and disabled even though they are active.
Configuring the Windows Server 2012 Web Application Proxy as a Reverse Proxy for Lync Server Download 11/12
  • “Public support  for Windows Server 2012 R2 Web Application Proxy as a reverse proxy for Lync Server 2013 is now available on Microsoft Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program (UCOIP) Infrastructure Qualified for Lync
Lync Client Updates (15.0.4667.1000/1001) Download 11/4
  • 3010340 – Video freezes consistently for two second-intervals when you make a video call in Lync 2013
  • 3009723 – Incorrect format of string in a trace statement when application sharing session viewers stop viewing in a conference
  • 3009722 – Memory leak occurs when you start a peer-to-peer application sharing session in Lync 2013
  • 3009721 – Lync 2013 crashes when you join a meeting that is hosted on Lync Server 2010 as an anonymous user
  • 3009719 – Lync 2013 freezes when a toast notification of a call appears

Microsoft releases Lync Server 2013 November 2014 cumulative update (5.0.8308.834)




  • 3014834 – Lync Web App users are disconnected to a video meeting on a Mac device in a Lync Server 2013 environment
  • 3010330 – Response group usage report displays incorrect amount of offered calls and answered calls in Lync Server 2013
  • 3010327 – Event 36023 is consistently logged on multiple front-end servers in a Lync Server 2013 environment that enables CAC

My top 10 Office 365 features that are currently rolling out & In development

The Office 365 team did a great job with sharing information on the upcoming features for Office 365 subscribers as well a list of the all the features that already launched and others which are in development.

Below is my top 10 list of features which are currently rolling out and also in development taken from the Microsoft Office 365 road map website

Top #10:

  1. Document Conversations for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online – “Document conversations enable people to share ideas and expertise around Office documents, images and videos, directly in the context of editing or reviewing. When opening a file stored in SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business in your browser, the file is opened on the left and a contextual Yammer conversation is shown on the right, side by side. You can collapse and expand the Yammer pane as needed. You can start Yammer conversations around content, @mention coworkers on files, and publish to Yammer groups—either public or private. You can also view and participate in conversations outside your document, on your mobile device, in Microsoft Dynamics CRM or any app where a Yammer feed is embedded.”
    Document Conversations for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online
  2. Groups in Office 365 for Outlook Web App and OneDrive for Business – “Groups in Office 365 connects users with the colleagues, information and applications they need to get more done together. Groups is launching in stages, with the first set of experiences rollingout to Outlook Web App and OneDrive for Business. Groups are open by default to enhance discoverability and sharing, but users can also create private Groups for sensitive content.”
    Groups in Office 365 for Outlook Web App and OneDrive for Business
  3. MAPI over HTTP for Outlook 2013 and Exchange Online – “MAPI over HTTP is a new transport used to connect Outlook and Exchange. It is the long term replacement for RPC over HTTP connectivity (commonly referred to as Outlook Anywhere). MAPI/HTTP removes the complexity of Outlook Anywhere’s dependency on the legacy RPC technology.”
  4. Preserving DL Membership & BCC for Exchange In-Place Hold – “This update will make DL membership & BCC searchable for users placed on In-place Hold.
    Preserving DL Membership & BCC for Exchange In-Place Hold
  5. SharePoint Online storage usage model – “Administrators can now more easily manage SharePoint Online team sites’ storage quota based on real usage, and are no longer required to set fixed storage allotments per site collection. If an admin opts-in to the storage usage model, by selecting “Auto” within the SharePoint Online Admin Center, every site collection will utilize storage from the broad tenant pooled storage and will continue to ‘auto’-grow up to a maximum of 1TB per site collection. If an admin chooses not to opt-in, and to manage storage “manually” per individually per site collection, they will now set usage caps instead of allocating fixed amounts. Whether you select “Auto” or to “Manual,” SharePoint Online site collection quota management becomes simpler by removing management overhead and/or ‘loss of storage’ that has been allocated but not used.”
    SharePoint Online storage usage model
  6. Clutter for Outlook Web App – “Clutter is a separate view in the inbox where lower priority email appear. These items are removed from the standard inbox view so that the user can focus on the higher priority messages in the inbox.”
    Clutter for Outlook Web App
  7. DirSync tool with password hash sync as backup for Federated Sign-in – “Office 365 customers who use federated sign-in can now use DirSync with password hash sync as a backup in case there is a failure with any part of the on-premises identity provider. In case of failure you can reconfigure the Azure AD tenant from federated to standard in a matter of hours to enable sign-in.”
  8. Office 2013 client update to support passive authentication using SAML – “Office 2013 rich client applications currently use the MS Sign-in Assistant to log into Office 365. This only supports the WS-Trust protocol and is not usable with any identity providers that require passive authentication with web page redirects such as WS-Federation and SAML/P. This feature is to enable Office rich client applications to work with third party Identity Providers and to work with the Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication implementation.”
  9. Unlimited storage for OneDrive for Business - “Moving forward, all Office 365 customers will get unlimited OneDrive storage at no additional cost. We will begin updating the First Release customers in 2015, aligned with our promise to provide ample notification for significant service changes. In the meantime, get started using your 1 TB of storage today by backing up all those work files kicking around on your PC – with the knowledge that even more storage is on its way!”
  10. Workload-specific admin roles – “Workload-specific admin roles will provide more flexibility to organizations that want to structure admin access to Exchange Admin Center, SharePoint Admin Center, and Lync Admin Center. For example, an Exchange admin will no longer require Office 365 global admin rights to manage Exchange Online.
    Workload-specific admin roles


Weekly IT Newsletter – November 10-14, 2014

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Known Issues for Lync & Skype with Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9879

Microsoft has released a new version of their Windows 10 Technical Preview, build number 9879 which consist of several new features:

  • A new option to hide the Search or Task View buttons on the taskbar.
  • Updating the new minimize and restore animations for apps.
  • Replacement of the 3 dots in the Window chrome for modern apps with a “hamburger-style” icon (three lines).
  • Fixed all of the crash and hang issues reported
  • Windowing and gesture improvements
  • New ways to use OneDrive
  • Internet Explorer improvements
  • Native MKV support
  • Continued UI refinements

Among the new features introduced, there are also some known problems published, one of them is a known issue with Lync and Screen sharing:

  • There are several known issues with screen sharing with Lync
  • Skype calls will disconnect and Music will stop playing if those apps are minimized
  • In some cases you may get a black screen when trying to log-in or unlock. The only option is to hold the power button to hard reboot.
  • You will be unable to connect to Distributed File System network locations.
  • Some systems may see disk growth of 20GB+ due to driver install duplication. On systems with low disk space this can block setup and cause a rollback to the previous build.

Source: http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/11/12/new-build-available-to-the-windows-insider-program/

Weekly IT Newsletter – November 3-7, 2014

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Weekly IT Newsletter – October 27-31, 2014

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October 2014 Cumulative Update 5.0.8308.831 for Lync Server 2013 (Front End Server and Edge Server)

Source KB’s:

The cumulative update resolves the following issues:

  • 3003346 – Cannot see presence status or send instant messages when OWA is integrated with Lync Server 2013 instant messaging
  • 3003347 – User cannot dial out to a PSTN number as a guest in an online meeting in a Lync Server 2013 environment
  • 3003350 – Cannot search users by using a keyword that differs from Lync Server 2013 AD DS display name format in a Lync client
  • 3003357 – Error “400 Bad Request” when a user whose display name contains double quotation mark calls a PSTN number in Lync 2013
  • 3008181 – Centralized Logging Service Agent Service cannot start after you install a September 2014 update for Lync Server 2013


Recent Microsoft Updates for Lync 2013 Server:

October 2014 update for Lync for Mac 2011 14.0.10 (KB3007876)


  • Version: 141024
  • File Name: lync_14.0.10_141024.dmg
  • Date Published: 10/29/2014
  • File Size: 35.4 MB
  • KB Articles: KB3007876

Issues that the update fixes

  • 3007886 Update enables users to view call history in Lync for Mac 2011
  • 3007885 Update for Lync for Mac 2011 enables users to store conversation history on an Exchange server
  • 3007884 Location is not displayed in Lync for Mac 2011 when users join a wireless network
  • 3007883 Error “One or more selected contacts cannot receive your calls” when you forward calls in Lync for Mac 2011
  • 3007881 Delegation relationship is broken after a delegate signs in to Lync for Mac 2011
  • 3007879 Computer shutdown is not processed when Lync for Mac 2011 is running
  • 3007878 Update implements media resiliency mode in Lync for Mac 2011
  • 3007877 Dial pad disappears when a user who is not enabled for EV joins a video conference or a video call in Lync for Mac 2011
  • 2909659 Update enables users to interact with a contact from the call history in Lync for Mac 2011


Weekly IT Newsletter – October 20-24, 2014

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AudioCodes announces the release of software Version 2.0.7 for the 400HD Lync-compatible IP Phone Series

Notice Subject:

AudioCodes announces the release of software Version 2.0.7 for the 400HD Lync-compatible IP Phone Series that includes Better Together over Ethernet (BToE), Boss Admin and additional enhancements.

Affected line of products:

  • 420HD IP Phone
  • 430HD IP Phone
  • 440HD IP Phone

With the release of software Version 2.0.7, AudioCodes 400HD Lync-compatible phones now support the following new features:

  • Better Together over Ethernet (BToE): This feature enhances the unified communication end-user experience with the ability to control the Lync phone from the PC Lync client (e.g., trigger a paired Lync phone sign-in, click-to-call, start/end calls, join and manage a Lync conference) by installing an application on the end-user’s PC. this feature is supported on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating system.
    • Allows video calls. When there’s an incoming video call, users can:
      • Answer from the phone; the call will fall back to audio.
      • Answer from the PC client and have full audio and video using the PC audio device.
    • BToE TCP port can be configured to communicate between the BToE PC application and the phone
  • Boss Admin Support: In conjunction with the Lync Call Delegation feature, 430HD and 440HD IP Phones now support Boss Admin call scenarios, streamlining office workflow and enhancing

    • Allows users to establish a relationship between a boss’s phone and an administrative secretary’s phone.
    • Streamlines office workflow and enhances efficiency.
    • Each phone can support up to five bosses or admins. One boss can have up to five admins. One admin can have up to five bosses. A many-to-many configuration is also supported.
    • Applies to AudioCodes’ 430HD and 44HD IP phone models.
    • Delegation must be allowed for the user in the environment, else configuration will not work. All users must be allowed to configure all users as delegatesIP Phone Management Server (accessed via EMS): This feature is supported for mass deployment management and provisioning.
  • Automatic mass provisioning and management using the AudioCodes Element Management System (EMS)
    • Automatic mass provisioning of IP phones using the DHCP provisioning method can now be performed from the AudioCodes EMS Provisioning Server in the IP Phones Management Server, accessible from the EMS.
  • New Acoustic Echo Canceller for significantly improved IP telephony voice quality.
  • Login to the Web interface is now performed pulling the ‘User Name’ and ‘Password’ parameter values configured in the configuration file
  • New ways of dialing. Users can now:
    • Press the speaker or headset button, or pick up the handset, and when the dial tone is heard, start dialing; touch tones are played. Users can then press either the # (digit) key or the Dial softkey to ‘send’ the number, or wait a few seconds for the number to automatically be sent.
    • On the phone’s dial pad, press the digit keys of the called party’s number (there are no touch tones) and then press the Dial softkey to trigger the call. This is the equivalent of the SEND key on mobile devices.

For more information regarding software Version 2.0.7 and detailed documentation (Release Notes, Administrator and User Guides), refer to http://www.audiocodes.com/solutions/microsoft/lync-ip-phones

Weekly IT Newsletter – October 13-17, 2014

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