Lync 2013 Desktop Client November update

The November Update for Lync 2013 Desktop Client introduced new features.

These features work out of the box from a client perspective, your administrator may have to enable/change settings on the server side for you to get the functionality shown below.

Features included in the November Update:

  • Photos of Sender/Receiver – View photos of sender/receiver inline with IM conversation
  • URL Photo Experience – Set your own photo from a public web site instead of using the corporate image
  • pChat Escalation – Escalate a Persistent Chat room to a Lync Meeting with one click
  • Login Trace Files – Easily access Lync client login logs
  • New Recording Options –Choose preferred resolution for client-side recordings

In the IM window new update add capability to view photos of the sender/receiver inline with the conversation. Unfortunately you can’t disable this feature. I think this is waste of space in IM window, and I would like to disable it but I can’t.


You can download update here:

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Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Update Documentation Help File (.chm)

You can find new Documentation Help File for Microsoft Lync Server 2013 on Download Center.

The updated file includes all changes made to topics in the Lync Server TechNet Library since the release of Lync Server 2013, including bug fixes and updates from community and customer feedback.


Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Documentation Help File


File can be downloaded here:

Updated Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Documentation Help File

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Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 – free ebook

Microsoft Press Blog published information about new book Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2.


This book is available now for free in PDF file.

This book is intended to provide you with an overview of the new features and enhancements introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2. The intended audience for this book is IT pros who deploy, manage, and maintain Windows Server workloads in data center, private cloud, and hosting provider environments

Book is available here:

Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2

Inside you can find information about:

  • Cloud OS
  • Hyper-V
  • Storage
  • Failover Clustering
  • Networking
  • Active Directory
  • Group Policy
  • IIS
  • Remote Desktop Services
  • Windows Powershell



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Lync 2013 Ignite sessions on Channel9

Channel9 website published new Lync 2013 sessions, this time from Ignite sessions.

You can see them here

Below we present all modules:

Lync2013Ignite_1Configuring Lync Room System 50 minutes, 43 seconds

Lync Room System is a new member of the Lync family and offers a native Lync solution for meeting rooms that makes meetings easy to start, easy to manage, and easy to collaborate with remote attendees. This course introduces Lync Room System and describes how to deploy, configure, and manage it

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What’s New in Meetings and Collaboration in Lync 1 hour, 25 minutes, 15 seconds

This course explores the latest additions in Lync 2013 related to meetings and collaboration, as well as improvements introduced in Lync updates released since Lync 2013 RTM, such as video cropping control,  Meetings View, Q&A manager, and others. It also describes forthcoming approaches…

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Lync 2013 updates test sql database version

When you install updates for Microsoft Lync 2013 it’s important to update back end database. Not every updates has update for SQL database but sometimes it happen.

So to check your sql database version for Microsoft Lync 2013 you can use:


you can use it like below:

Test-CSDatabase -ConfiguredDatabases -SqlServerFqdn


Test-CSDatabase -ConfiguredDatabases -SqlServerFqdn | select-object databasename, installedversion, expectedversion


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Exchange 2013 Architecture – Ignite Webcast

October 10th 2013 was a session about Exchange 2013 architecture.

Now you can watch this session in internet.

This session introduces you to the new Exchange Server 2013 architecture, which delivers numerous enhancements to deliver service-class performance and scalability from many lessons learned from Office 365. Come learn about the new Client Access Server and Mailbox roles as we dive into client access, transport, managed store, service availability, modern public folders, and more!

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Distribution List members report

When you want to have report of your distribution groups with information who belong to these groups you can create PowerShell script to write each group to separate file with all members.

First you need to decide if you wan to specify distribution groups (like in file) or you want to get all distribution groups.

To get groups from file use:

$DLs = get-content d:\scripts\DLgroups.txt

to get all distribution groups use:

$DLs = get-distributiongroup -resultsize unlimited | select name
foreach ($dl in $DLs){
 if (!(get-distributiongroup $dl)){
 Write-Host "$dl is not valid"
 } else {
 $dl_tmp = get-distributiongroup $dl
 $outfile = "d:\scripts\DL_$($"
 Add-Content $outfile get-Date
 Add-Content $outfile "$($ $($dl_tmp.SMTPAddress)" 
 Add-Content $outfile "Members"
 Add-Content $outfile "Alias;Displayname;Company;Title;emailaddress"
 $members = get-distributiongroupmember $($dl_tmp.alias)

 foreach ($member in $members){
 $user = $member.alias + ";" + $member.DisplayName + ";" + $member.Company + ";" + $member.Title + ";" + $member.primarysmtpaddress.local + "@" + $member.Primarysmtpaddress.domain 
 Add-Content $outfile $user

With this short script you will get one file for each distribution group with members of this group.



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Core Solutions of Exchange Server 2013 JumpStart sessions available on Channel9

Few weeks ago we have informed you about webinar Core Solutions of Exchange Server 2013 JumpStart

Now we want to inform that all sessions about Core Solutions of Exchange Server 2013 are available on

You can watch them or download.

Sessions were presented by Jason Helmick and Mike Pfeiffer.



Core Solutions of Exchange Server 2013: (01) Deploying and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 47 minutes, 44 seconds

This module describes the new architecture, prerequisites and requirements, and management tools.

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Core Solutions of Exchange Server 2013: (02) Configuring Mailbox Servers and Recipients 59 minutes, 44 seconds
In this module, you’ll learn about planning and configuring the mailbox server, managing recipients, address lists, and more

High Quality WMV

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Exchange Virtualization Ignite Webcast

Tomorrow you can take a part of Ignite Webcast – Exchagne Virtualization.

This session will help you decide if Virtualization makes sense for you and Exchange 2013. We will also describe supportability of virtualization features, explain sizing recommendations for deployments and review common problem areas and how to avoid them

Session starts: October 24th at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. (1 Hour presentation)

more information you can find here:

Ignite Webcast – Exchange Virtualization

Presenter: Jeff Mealiffe, Principal Program Manager Lead for Office 365 at Microsoft

Date/Time: October 24th at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. (1 Hour presentation)

Live Meeting Information:
Join online meeting
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Find a local number
Conference ID: 27579341
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Office 365 Network Analysis Tool from Microsoft

Finally Microsoft released tool to check your internet connection for Office 365.

Long time ago we had but this tool has not been available for many months now.

But now we have new tool:

Office 365 Network Analysis Tool.

This tool is web-based and can check:

  • port connectivity
  • route paths between the client and tenant
  • bandwidth speed and capacity test
  • VoIP readiness


This tool can be found at:

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