Microsoft Lync Server CU January 2014

About a month ago Microsoft released new CU for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and 2013.

Those updates fixes only bugs from previouse versions, and not introducing new features.


CU for Microsoft Lync Server 2013 you can find below:

Lync Server 2013



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Lync Server 2013 Debugging Tools



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Lync Server 2013 Resource Kit Tools



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And for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 here:

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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:

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

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


Microsoft Lync 2013 and Lync 2010 cumulative update

Microsoft has released additional quarterly updates for Lync – these updates are focused on all Lync Server versions and include Lync 2013 mobile and LPE which apply to both Lync 2010 and Lync 2013.

This update doesn’t contain database update.

The October 2013 Updates cover 5 major areas:

  • Lync Server 2013
  • Lync 2013 Mobile Client Updates
  • Lync 2010 Client and Server
  • Lync Phone Edition Updates
  • Skype for Kindle & iOS7 Devices


The newest cumulative updates for Microsoft Lync Server 2013 are available here:

and for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 here:


Updates for Lync Server 2010/2013:





Lync Server 2013



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Lync Server 2010



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Lync Server 2010, Group Chat Server



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Lync Server determine version

How to determine Lync Server version ?

Below we present few methods to do this.

Microsoft releases updates to Lync components periodically and only updates the version level of the components that actually get the update.

So Microsoft released tool which will help you to keep the Lync Server components at the latest versions.

If you download and run the LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe, this will check your Lync server and install the updated components that are needed.

But remember to download this tool periodically with the latest version of the installer.

You can check Lync Server build numbers on our site:

Lync Server build numbers


When you run this tool you will get all informations about versions you have installed and latest available versions like below:



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Exchange 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Lync 2013 – virtual machines from Microsoft

Microsoft has published a complete set of virtual machines ready to use with Exchange 2013, Lync 2013 and SharePoint 2013.

You can use these virtual machines as a Lab for 180 days.

You can use all or part of these VM’s depending of the scenario you want to evaluate, including unified messaging.

If you want to run the full environment, you need to host the VM’s on a server which has 24 Gb of RAM and 150 Gb of disk space.


Download the VM’s here: