Lync server KB3080353 breaks your mobile and web app clients

Nice post by Rune Stoknes on a recently discovered faulty patch from Microsoft on the Lync server.
This post proves why you should never rely on Windows Update to install your Lync patches. Always use the LyncServerUpdateInstaller that comes with the CU released for Lync/Skype4B.

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Keeping your servers up to date is essential, and not only the application server parts but the OS and others as well. The other day I went with a Windows Update that also included a Lync Server security update. After a short while I would get feedback from users no longer being able to use the mobile client, and later I also got reports on the Web App not working.

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Is your next productivity headset the Plantronics Voyager Focus UC?

This headset is an excellent choice if you require something a bit more advanced than most people 🙂 The features implemented in this headset makes it a great choice for both soft phone clients and mobile phones as well as for listening to music when you’re working.

One of my favourite functions is the Auto Answering feature which lets you answer an incoming call just by putting on your headset if its in the charging cradle or lying on your desk. It will answer any incoming call wether it’s to your soft phone client or mobile phone.

Great posts by Ståle Hansen and Matt Landis.

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I say, yes!

Why?

  • It is optimized for Skype for Business
  • It is wireless using bluetooth, connection to up to eight devices, two at the same time
  • It has noise cancelling, removing the white noise but keeps voices when people are talking to you
  • It has really good music quality, can be compared to the best music headsets on the market
  • By installing the Plantronics Hub software it will set your Skype for Business status to “In a Call” when you answer the call on your cellphone
  • It can easily be charged using MicroUSB or the charging stand

Check out my thoughts on the headset on YouTube

Also check out the video review by MVP Matt Landis

Link to the product page: http://www.plantronics.com/us/product/voyager-focus-uc?skuId=sku7140027#fndtn-overview

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Skype4B/Lync Edge Server not replicating.

In a short period of time I’ve encountered two different cases of the Edge server not replicating. Everything seems OK, but the changes simply won’t move to the Edge.

I found a great blogpost by Jaap Wesselius here that describes the exact problem and how to fix it.

Simply add the following to the registry of the Skype/Lync Edge server:

New REG_DWORD(32bit) ClientAuthenticationTrustMode with value “2” in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL

Restart the Edge server(not just the services) and toggle the Skype/Lync replication service on the FrontEnd server. Wait a few and the replication should be OK.