#Skype4B Architecture Updates

My previous post provides a direct download link to the content I will be referencing in this blog post, the purpose of this post is to summarise the content whilst at the same time adding my opinion to the “improvements”.

So if you are anything like me you will be counting down the days to the upcoming #Skype4B webcasts, to which I received confirmation on my attendance for all sessions! (Lucky boy aren’t I?!).

Now for the content…

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#Skype4B Content Released

Whilst we count down the days to the Office 365 Summits, it would be a good idea to keep an eye on the Office 365 Summit Readiness Tab.

Microsoft have released the Skype4Business Reference Architecture and Design PowerPoint content – It had 0 downloads when I found it ūüėČ

Not long now!

Office Summit #Skype4B sessions

Quite simply put…Get. Registered.

For those of us not able to physically attend the summits, Microsoft will be publishing live webcasts between February and March on a very interesting lineup of topics:

– Intro
– New Windows Desktop Experience
– Reference Architecture and Design Considerations
– Manageability Improvements Overview
– In-Place Upgrade Deep Dive
– SQL AlwaysOn Deep Dive
– Server Core Improvements Overview
– Reliability & Patching Deep-dive
– Hybrid Configuration Deep-dive
– New Meeting & Web Investments Overview
– Video Interop Server Deep-dive
– Lync/Skype Federation (Phase 2)
– Lessons Learned from Preview
– Software Defined Networks (SDN)
– Developer Platform
 
Registrations will be confined via email, you will also be able to find the sessions on the Office 365 Summit Readiness Tab

What topic(s) are you looking forward to? I must admit I’m looking forward to all!

Full details here

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Lync Networking Guide v2.3 Released!

Microsoft have released a new version to the [Amazing] Lync Network Planning, Monitoring and Troubleshooting guide.

I have recently passed 74-335 Network Readiness Assessment and must say that understanding the Microsoft Network Assessment Methodology along with this guide was absolutely crucial.

Now at v2.3, it seems to have been updated with additional Wi-Fi and QoS Guidance, the following extract has been taken from the download site;

“An updated version of the Networking Guide is now available including the new Microsoft Call Quality Methodology Scorecard for Lync Server. This scorecard should be used to implement the Lync Call Quality Methodology or CQM as outlined in Appendix C. CQM is a holistic way to systematically define and assert call quality based upon the methods outlined in the Networking Guide. CQM divides a Lync implementation into ten discrete areas that impact quality, defining targets and a remediation plan for each one. CQM is a framework to tackle call quality problems ‚Äď you can modify or extend it to address the particular conditions on your network. Appendix D includes techniques to troubleshoot poor streams that CQM surfaces.

The Networking Guide download now includes the list of Lync Server 2010 and an updated list of Lync Server 2013 KHIs to validate server health, a complete set of CQM queries, and a PowerShell script file to collect KHI data.”

Download Microsoft Lync Network Planning, Monitoring and Troubleshooting Guide

Skype for Business

And so the announcement is [finally] made….. the next version of Lync, set for 1H 2015 will become ‘Skype for Business’. I think we all knew that this was going to happen, it was just a matter of when. I think we are all also in agreement that is the logical step for Microsoft to take, considering the audience and global presence that Skype has.

Skype for Business

Me personally, I am keen to see the approach taken to upgrades (in place hopefully!), content sharing and federation now that we are essentially “one platform”.¬† With new client and server releases and updates to Office 365 there are busy times ahead for all of us!

Check out the Skype blog for more info!

Lync Mobile Update

Continuingly introducing improvements to Microsoft Lync Mobile, a further update was released yesterday introducing improved Lobby Controls and Gallery View functionality. See the following link, download from the respective App Store.

http://blogs.office.com/2014/08/26/lync-mobile-update-gallery-view-ipad-participant-management-ipad-iphone/

Gallery View for the blog post

Update Roundup! (CU5 + Clients!)

Apologies for quite a delayed response, I have just returned from a visit to Bodrum (very entertaining and lively) so currently playing catch-up to life!

Whilst I was away, several updates have been released, which are summarised below:

1. Lync Server 2013 CU5 and Supporting KB Article

Of significance, is the inability to install CU5 on any Lync Servers that have only the Core Components and/or Administrative tools installed, as pointed out by Greg in this post Lync Server 2013 CU5 OcsCore Update Fails and also confirmed by Microsoft in KB2993188

2. Microsoft Lync Client KB2881070 (15.0.4641.1000) kb article and 32bit/64bit packages

Prerequisites:

 

List of resolved issues:

Additionally, this update resolves the Lync 2013 issues that are described in the following KB articles:

Known Issues:

 

 

 

Lync Room System – June Update 15.10.0

I’m lucky enough to have hands on time (for quite a while now) with the Large Smart Lync Room system. I do plan on doing a full review, so keep an eye out for that.

For those out there with LRS deployed, you will be happy to hear the latest updates have been released, taking it now to version 15.10.0.

LRS Console Screen (SMART)

Firstly, a more subtle change, but the version numbering is no longer in the Major.Minor (15.XX) format. Microsoft have now opted for a more granular approach, now formatting the version numbers as per the image below (15.XX.XX)

LRS Version Numbering

Secondly – ROOM PC VIEW….

We now have the ability to constantly stay connected to a laptop device, which may sound like a simple thing to do, but without understanding the way LRS works prior to 15.10.0, its usefulness will be taken for granted.

In prior versions, when connecting a laptop device to the Lync Room System, the display was automatically output and it would be solely down to the laptop OS to control whether the screen was displayed or not.

Now whilst attending the laptop this may not be a problem but consider the scenario where a client may wish to permanently connect a given display card to LRS and control the whether or not to display that device from LRS, without travelling to separate rooms to do so. Microsoft have released Room PC View, which allows us to do exactly that.

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What Room PC View does, is allows administrators to optionally display a new button on the LRS Console, that allows for the connected display device to be displayed (or not) all from the LRS Console Screen. In the image above, the button is greyed out as I do not have anything connected to the HDMI/VGA input.

Following the updates – don’t forget to turn it on under the admin settings!

LRS Admin Settings

Important – If the update is to be deployed via SCOM – LRS must be joined to the same domain as per the below KB article.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2933446

I see many functional reasons as to why this would be required, if you have been using, or have used LRS – let me know what you think!