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Windows 8.1 & Skydrive Sync issue

After setting up my new Surface Pro 2 with Windows 8.1 I notice that Skydrive wasn’t syncing. After troubleshooting it for the past few days I have finally found the cause of my issue.  One of the My Documents Group Policy Objects (GPOs) was conflicting with Skydrive. The offending object was the “Prohibit User from [...]

Lync 2013 Meetings and IE 11

Working with IE 11 we noticed that we were seeing issues joining Lync meetings when sharing PowerPoint slides.  The Lync Client\LWA Stage would just sit at the “Loading” and never display the presentation. Looking at the UCCAPI logs on the client this error message is logged: <diagHeader>54020;reason=”The WAC presentation failed with a critical error After [...]

Issues with iOS7 and iPhone 5S

It has come to my attention that there are some issues with using the Lync 2013 mobile client on the new iPhone 5s’. It seems when performing any video calls from the mobile device either to another mobile client, desktop client, or conference a digital static is transmitted instead of your video. See my screen [...]

Lync and AOL Public IM provisioning changing

If you have ever had to open a case with Microsoft on an AOL public IM interoperability issue you know the level frustration that can be had if the issue is on AOL’s side and getting them to work with you to correct any issues. However this might be changing for the better, in  June 2014 it [...]

September 2013 Lync 2013 Client Update

Good news is that in the September 2013 Lync 2013 Cumulative Update the “fixes” the status bar and returns the icon back to the original behavior where it shows the presence status. The bad news is that Presence is broken and does not update based on your free/busy status from your Exchange calendar.  Not really [...]

Lync 2013 now supports SQL clustering.

When Lync 2013 RTM’ed there was a surprising lack of SQL clustering support.  The only way for supported High Availability was to use SQL mirroring configured by topology builder.  Now there is a support SQL clustering page with details on the Database Software Support TechNet article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398990.aspx Lync Server 2013 supports the use of either [...]

Lync 2013 – Centralized Logging Service

Lync 2013 has a new logging system to replace the older of Lync Logging Tool or OCLogger.exe that was used to collect logs on single servers. The Centralized Logging Service or CLS. It can be overwhelming at first trying to use it or if you are trying to learn how to use it by reading [...]

Lync Skype Intergration!

In case you missed it late last month the offical announcement came out that Lync and skype will now work together on the Skype Team’s blog, There are a few easy steps needed to get your Lync Users talknig with Skype users. This process assumes you already have your Lync 2010 or 2013 Edge servers [...]

Setting AD pictures on users

I have been asked this several times over the last few weeks so I figured I would post this out here.  I have seen many complex scripts or complex applications on other web sites for accomplishing this same task.  I like to keep things simple so here it goes, how I set user pictures in [...]

Server 2012 Essentials Install issues.

I started earlier in the day playing with Server 2012 Essentials. I wanted to get familar with the GUI provided for storage spaces (apparently it is better than server 2012 standard) and I was interested in the client back up features.  I figured it would be a quick easy install into my lab, but I [...]