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  • Blog Post: Debugging Lync Delegation

    Why is my admin not able to act as a delegate? How can I check whether delegation is even setup? These are great questions and it occurred to me after I spent some time searching that no one has ever bothered to explain exactly how delegation works. With that in mind I present the following – which...
  • Blog Post: Debugging address book issues with Debug-CsAddressBookReplication

    As I explained in a previous post, the address book component of Lync underwent major changes in Lync Server 2013, but the basic functionality remains the same.  Address Book is a deceivingly simple component.  While how it works is easy to explain, there are a great number of things that may...
  • Blog Post: Address Book changes for Lync 2013

    For those of you familiar with the address book from previous versions of Lync, you will find the address book feature in Lync 2013 very familiar. On the outside we have made very few changes. The Powershell cmdlets used to manage the address book are essentially the same (with one change that I will...
  • Blog Post: Partitioning Lync Address Book using msRTCSIP-GroupingID

    In certain large organizations, the need exists to not allow certain users to search for others.  One simple example of this is a school district.  Perhaps the school district wants to only allow users within schools to search for each other.  So if I belong to Cougar Hill Elementary I...
  • Blog Post: How to enable last name, first searches in Lync Address Book

    Over time, a few people have asked me why, given someone with a first name of Ziggy and a last name of Zooga, you will see the following results when searching using the Lync Address Book. Ziggy – success Zooga – success Ziggy Zooga – success Zooga Ziggy – failure...
  • Blog Post: How to create a new group and add contacts to it in UCMA

    It is quite easy to add groups, add contacts, and enumerate both contacts and groups using UCMA’s ContactGroupServices extension.  To enumerate groups, you can use the following. ICollection<Group> groups = endpoint.ContactGroupServices.EndGetAllGroups(endpoint.ContactGroupServices.BeginGetAllGroups...
  • Blog Post: Why is UCMA telling me my session is not established when I add a contact?

    Recently I found myself in the situation where I need to add a contact to a user using UCMA but did not care about what contacts currently existed. I did the standard plumbing to create a CollaborationPlatform and register the user, then added the contact with the following code. userEndpoint.ContactGroupServices...
  • Blog Post: Running UCMA 2.0 applications on Lync Server 2010

    While the most ideal scenario is to only run UCMA 3.0 applications with Lync Server 2010, for many of you this is simply not possible. You may own an application that was written for UCMA 2.0 and you want to upgrade to Lync Server 2010, but the application has not yet been updated to UCMA 3.0. Likewise...
  • Blog Post: The Complexity of Simple Urls

    One of the many new features in Lync Server 2010 is a change to how meeting Urls are formatted. The name of this feature is "Simple Url", but in truth this this elicits a smirk from anyone on our team who has dealt with them, as simple Urls are anything but simple. The goal of this blog will be to shed...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server Topologies - on Sites Pools and Services

    Today we will finally start delving into the topology document - well sort of. In the previous two days I covered the Content Management Server and how documents are defined. I also mentioned that the topology document itself is stored in the Content Management Store. Today I will cover what exactly...
  • Blog Post: More about manageability changes in Lync Server 2010

    In yesterday's post, I glossed over the small fact that pretty much every single line of manageability code has been rewritten in Lync Server 2010. In today's post, I thought it would be a good idea to explain this further. Almost every single line of manageability code was rewritten in Lync Server...
  • Blog Post: Lync Topologies - an introduction

    With the release of the Lync Server 2010 RC yesterday, I am finally free to begin discussing all sorts of things in my head. Today I will discuss one of the most crucial parts of Lync Server 2010 - the topology. There is a huge amount of information here and this will certainly take a number of posts...
  • Blog Post: We have a new name!

    For those of you who haven't seen a blog from me in over a year, you may be happy to hear the following information. I am alive and well, with this post serving as evidence of the former. We have a new name for our product - Microsoft Lync Server 2010. Those who have followed our product...
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