Using Lync like a LyncPRO – Look good with the right device in each scenario!

LyncGuruUsing Lync like a LyncPRO is a segment on The UC Architects podcast where I go through tools you as a LyncPRO may want to use to make your experience cooler, easier and you can showcase features to your peers. The tools are typically

- Applicable to the desktop client
– Community developed
– Have requirements outside just running Lync
– Use PowerShell and registry to apply settings

Using Lync like a LyncPRO – Look good with the right device in each scenario!

This LyncPRO tips was featured on The UC Architects podcast Episode 41

As a Lync PRO I want to always succeed with my Lync communications, whether it is at home being productive, on my way to the office or in customer engagements. Here I want to share which devices I use, maybe you use different devices that may work better for you, if so, please share in the comment section or on twitter :)

Here is some of the scenarios I have devices for

  • Headset at the office
  • Headset at home
  • Headset when on the move
  • Conference device for project meetings
  • On the go, backup headset
  • Headset for podcast recordings

Headset at the office

Microsoft-LX-3000-LifeChat-Buy-Online-BigI want to enjoy listening to music and at the same time do Lync calls on my office headset. I work in an open landscape and being able to deep dive in to productivity work is important. Right now I use the LifeChat LX-3000. It is not Lync optimized and I am looking for another headset to replace this one, since the audio is not that good, very little treble, but bass is ok. The problem is that it is not that good in Lync calls, it shows up as a generic device and it is not my primary device if I plug it out and back in.

If you know a better usb based headset with great sound and can be an audio headset for Lync, let me know :) When recording for the UC Architects the tips for a headset of this sort was Plantronics Blackwire C325-M and Plantronics Blackwire C720-M. I will test them out and let you know how it worked.

Headset at home

logitech-wireless-headset-dual-h820erightAt home I use different headset for music and for Lync calls. The reason for this is that it must be wireless, because I like to walk around. At home I use Logitech Wireless Headset Dual H820e. Whats great about using a DECT headset is that I can walk around the entire house, like getting coffee, pick up a snack while still be in the Lync call. I am very happy with the headset and the sound quality for Lync calls are great.

“Logitech Dual H820e works great when you need to move around and still be in a #Lync call” Tweet this

Headset when on the move

mdYGFZfSka1ZfF4CH9ucm_gI am always on the move and need a headset that works both for Lync and my mobile phone., Here I have chosen JABRA MOTION™ UC MS. What I like most with this headset is that it turns off when I put the headset in the closed position, which means that it almost always have battery and it is not charged out in the morning because I forgot to turn it off when I got home from work. This is the single reason I still have this headset, all other bluetooth headsets I have almost always charged out and ended up not using them. Well done Jabra :)

I always have the USB dongle in my laptop so it is my fallback device for my Lync calls at work or at customer sites as well.

“Closing Jabra Motion UC bluetooth headset for Lync saves and extends battery lifetime” Tweet this

Conference device for project meetings

6703_plI work a lot in projects architecting and implementing Lync. When doing meetings with customers in meeting rooms we often need to add people to the meeting via Lync that did not have chance to be there in person. In these scenarios you need to have a speaker device. Here I use the old Jabra SPEAK™ 410 MS. It always works and it is a great way to show off why Lync projects must include devices for its success.

I have also tested and like the Logitech Mobile Speakerphone P710e and I think that Sennheiser Speakerphone SP 20 have a good approach to not make their latest speaker bluetooth enabled, but just include a jack plug for your phone for those ad-hoc talks when you need to call someone on the phone and there are more people in the room.

“SpeakerPhones are important for project meetings, proves that devices are key for #Lync success”  Tweet this

On the go, backup headset

JabraVoice2_499x280I need to have a backup headset for when I forget my bluetooth headset and I need a headset and not a speaker because I am in an open landscape at the customer site. Here I use the JABRA UC™ VOICE 250. It is small, wired and easy to fit in my bag so I always got it with me.

This one saved my vacation the other day. I was in Stockholm, my mobile was dead and my bluetooth headset was at home. I was coming from a Lync workshop so I had my computer with me. I booted it up, logged on the 4G with my built-in simcard (that’s why you should have built-in simcard, when your phone is dead) connected my Jabra UC Voice and called my wife, and coordinated where to meet. Literally saved my life! :)

“Jabra UC VOICE 250 is small, wired and easy to fit in bag, works fine as Lync backup device” Tweet this

Headset for podcast recordings

ic_lx6000v2_otherviews01The headset I use when recording for The UC Architects is LifeChat LX-6000
for Business. It works fine, good sound and my sound in the recording is good enough, have not received any complains so far.

Why using optimized for Lync headsets is important

Lync_OptimisedOptimized for Lync is important. it means that the device will show up as a dedicated device in your Lync client device list and all the buttons work like mute and volume. hitting mute will make you show up as muted in Lync and not just mute your headset. This is why the bluetooth headsets come with their own dongles and just pairing them with your built-in bluetooth connection is not a good solution. See the list of all headsets optimized for Lync

“Optimized for Lync headsets is key for a successful rollout, it means that buttons work with Lync” Tweet this

Using Lync like a LyncPRO – Look good in federated calls!

LyncGuruUsing Lync like a LyncPRO is a segment on The UC Architects podcast where I go through tools you as a LyncPRO may want to use to make your experience cooler, easier and you can showcase features to your peers. The tools are typically

- Applicable to the desktop client
– Community developed
– Have requirements outside just running Lync
– Use PowerShell and registry to apply settings

Using Lync like a LyncPRO – Look good in federated calls!

This LyncPRO tips was featured on The UC Architects podcast Episode 40

One of my favourite features with the Exchange 2013 integration is the high resolution photo option where you are able to get a crisp color rich photo in all internal Lync calls. There is one drawback though, the profile picture is not shared with federated contacts. In fact, the only way a federated contact can see your picture is if the following is true, if your federated contacts

  • have you in their existing Outlook contacts list, added your sip address and a picture
  • use the Outlook Social Connector to connect to Facebook and has merged that information with their Outlook Contact
  • have activated Outlook Social Connector, is connected with you on LinkedIn and you use your sip address as the primary email address in your LinkedIn profile

As you can see there is a lot of room for your federated contacts not seeing a picture of you when you are in a Lync call with them or they have a picture of you that is not so good for business relations. The resolution of the picture from the social connector is only 48×48 pixels and will get quite garbled when you are in a Lync call.

48x48 picture from AD and LinkedIn

48×48 picture from AD and LinkedIn

Why use the option to show a picture from a website

  • You are guaranteed to show up with a picture in your federated contact activities
    • in their contacts list
    • in Lync calls
  • Even though it will have a lower resolution for internal calls, it is totally worth it if you collaborate with federated contacts on a regular basis
200x200 shared from website

200×200 shared from website

How-To

  1. Create your profile picture with the dimensions 200×200 and make sure its below 30k in size
  2. Save your picture on a website that is not behind a username or password
  3. Click your picture in the Lync 2013 client
  4. Make sure you have the radio button to Show picture from a website
    • Don’t see this radio button? Check the prerequisites chapter
  5. Add the URL to your photo
  6. Click Connect to picture to save the setting
  7. Verify that your Lync profile picture is updated, should take less than 10 seconds
  8. You are now sharing your picture of choice to internal and federated contacts and looking good in meetings of any scenario

Some facts

  • In Lync 2010 the thumbnailPhoto attribute had the size of 48×48
  • in Lync 2013 you can integrate with Exchange 2013 and store the photos in
    • 48 pixels by 48 pixels, the size used for the Active Directory thumbnailPhoto attribute. If you upload a photo to Exchange 2013 Exchange will automatically create a 48 pixel by 48 pixel version of that photo and update the user’s thumbnailPhoto attribute. Note, however, that the reverse is not true: if you manually update the thumbnailPhoto attribute in Active Directory the photo in the user’s Exchange 2013 mailbox will not automatically be updated.
    • 96 pixels by 96 pixels, for use in Microsoft Outlook 2013 Web App, Microsoft Outlook 2013, Microsoft Lync Web App, and Lync 2013.
    • 648 pixels by 648 pixels for use in Lync 2013 and Microsoft Lync Web App.
  • In Lync 2010 and in Lync 2013 you also have the option to show a picture from a website
    • This url will be shared with federated contacts and you can therefore control the picture viewed by your federated contacts
    • Size is hardcoded to 200×200, smaller images will be upscaled and bigger pictures will be downsized
    • You can also use twitter and LinkedIn profile pictures directly if you have their url’s
      • I found them to have a lower quality than a directly linked jpg picture of a blog.
648x648 picture not that much different from the 200x200 picture

648×648 picture not that much different from the 200×200 picture

Prerequisites

  • Show picture from a website is only available when you are logged on to a Lync Server 2013 deployment
    • Lync Online does not have this option at the time of writing
  • It is not enabled by default on Lync Server 2013
  • To enable it, do the following in Lync Server Management Shell
    • $pe=New-CsClientPolicyEntry -Name EnablePresencePhotoOptions -Value True
    • $po=Get-CsClientPolicy
    • $po.PolicyEntry.Add($pe)
    • Set-CsClientPolicy -Instance $po
  • Make sure that the client policy assigned to your users have the DisplayPhoto AllPhotos

References

 

Using Lync like a LyncPRO – Use custom presence states!

LyncGuruUsing Lync like a LyncPRO is a segment on The UC Architects podcast where I go through tools you as a LyncPRO may want to use to make your experience cooler, easier and you can showcase features to your peers. The tools are typically

- Applicable to the desktop client
– Community developed
– Have requirements outside just running Lync
– Use PowerShell and registry to apply settings

Check out the other articles in this series: http://msunified.net/tag/lyncpro/
If you have a LyncPRO tips you want to share, head over to The UC Architects LinkedIn discussion for this topic, or leave a comment below

Using Lync like a LyncPRO – Use custom presence states!

Ok, this is a topic that has been around since the early days, where you can add more presence states than the predefined you find in your client today. Custom presence states lets you pimp your presence field with your own states that reflect how you feel and what you are doing. Lately things got a bit more awesome, here is why:

  • MVP Greig Sheridan has created a tool that lets you set presence states with shortcuts
  • Now this tool support custom presence states
  • I went and created a PowerShell script for automating the process of creating the xml file and correct registry settings
    • For those of you who do not have centrally deployed custom presence states
    • Or for those of you who want your own states

How-To

  1. Download the script and run it
  2. This will create the following custom presence states
    Custom

  3. After you have played with the new presence states you can download HIDnLync 2013
  4. It is easy to set up
  5. You can choose your own custom presence states and be able to change them with keyboard shortcuts
    Hidn
  6. I use it to tell my peers that I am in a mobile call or am teaching Lync in a class
  7. Got any useful presence states, share them in the comments field below :)

Session from TechEd North America 2014 is online

Recently I had the honor to speak at TechEd North America in Houston. I had a blast doing the session and I really want to thank those who attended my session. Some of the comments I got after the session makes it apparent that managing Phone numbers in Lync is becoming a challenge lots of organizations need to have a strategy for.

During the session I concluded with the following

  • Use the E.164 format for all numbers, even the phonenumber and mobilenumber attributes in AD
  • Use extensions, not for short-dialing, but for authentication
  • Excel does not scale one, two or three years in to the deployment, I show you the tools you can choose from
  • Use PowerShell automation and add it to existing user management routines
  • If you have a complex deployment, use third party tools that have more logic and statistics built-in
  • If you have a multivendor environment, try out UniMax 2nd Nature that can manage other vendors as well
  • All scripts and oneliners are available at http://lyncnumbers.net

View and download the video at Channel9

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Here is some pictures from my experience

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Using Lync like a LyncPRO – Disable Lync client pop-ups!

LyncGuruUsing Lync like a LyncPRO is a segment on The UC Architects podcast where I go through tools you as a LyncPRO may want to use to make your experience cooler, easier and you can showcase features to your peers. The tools are typically

- Applicable to the desktop client
– Community developed
– Have requirements outside just running Lync
– Use PowerShell and registry to apply settings

If you have a LyncPRO tips you want to share, head over to The UC Architects LinkedIn discussion for this topic, or leave a comment below

Using Lync like a LyncPRO – Disable Lync client pop-ups!

This LyncPRO tips was featured on The UC Architects podcast Episode 37

Have you ever rebuilt your PC and installed a fresh Lync client or use a customer Lync computer to validate features where you get these pop-ups welcoming you in to the meeting, notifying you that the meeting will continue after you leave the meeting? Well now MVP Greig Sheridan has created a PowerShell script that disables these pop-ups through registry for you. What the script does

  • .\Set-Lync2013ClientWarnings.ps1 expert
    • will disable all pop ups
  • .\Set-Lync2013ClientWarnings.ps1 default
    • will delete the registry entries so that you can demo the pop-ups or you want to live like a new user
  • Will control these scenarios
    • DSCLOSEVOICE”, “DSCLOSEVOICEVIDEO”, “DSCLOSELSCONF”, “DSLogoutCloseConversations”, “DSStartAppsharingNotification”, “DSAppsharingGrantControlNotification”, “DSAppsharingGrantControlToSpecificPersonNotification

popups

Totally recommend that you as a LyncPRO use this script to control your pop-up experience. Head over to Greig’s blog to download the script

My Lync and BYOD in a WIFI infrastructure LyncCast is now Online

Friday april 11th I did a talk over a Lync Cast arranged by Microsoft Norway about Lync and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in a wireless infrastructure in Norwegian.

Abstract: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) er en trend IT avdelingen ikke alltid kan kontrollere. Tar man Lync med telefoni med i bildet så er det en del momenter man må tenke på, som hvilket nett skal «unmanaged devices» koble til, hvordan kan vi sikre tale kvaliteten og hvor enkelt er det å komme i gang for brukeren. Hvis du ønsker å lykkes med Lync i et trådløs nettverk, da er denne webcast for deg og din bedrift

View the video here:

Dial-in Conferencing in Lync now just requires Enterpreise CAL

Some time ago the CAL licensing for dial-in conferencing was changed. The change is that for users to be able to invite to a Lync meeting where users are able to dial in from a phone or a mobile now just require that this user has an enterprise CAL. Earlier the users that could invite to such meetings needed to have plus CAL in order to do this. The scenario is that users now can invite to a phone conference without being enabled for Enterprise Voice which requires Plus CAL. This is ofcourse policy controlled on the Lync server and has always been possible, but not from a licensing perspective.

Figure 1: Dial-in Conferencing in Lync

Feature

New or Improved

Standard CAL

Enterprise CAL

Plus CAL

Initiate an   impromptu (ad-hoc) multiparty (3+ users) meeting with audio and video   (including dial-out to PSTN or PBX users) Improved  

 
Initiate an   impromptu (ad-hoc) multiparty (3+ users) meeting with audio (including   dial-out to PSTN or PBX users) Improved    

Schedule and   invite attendees to meetings with audio (including dial-out to PSTN or PBX   users and hosted audio conferencing features), video, web conferencing and   content sharing Improved  

 
Automatically   join meeting audio from PBX or other phone number Improved  

 
Enable use of   Lync Room Systems New  

 

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/lync/microsoft-lync-licensing-overview-lync-for-multiple-users-FX103789668.aspx

Lock down your Lync status and PC notifications using PowerShell

PomodoroRecently I wrote a blogpost on Control your Lync presence during a Pomodoro Sprint using PowerShell. This awesome script uses a timer and the Lync SDK to lock down Lync for 25 minutes while I get some real work done. The only thing I did not find out was how to suppress is Outlook popups and other notifications.

Thanks to a great tip by MVP Olav Tvedt i found out that you can set your laptop in presentation mode using the commandline tool presentationsettings

  • PresentationSettings /start
  • PresentationSettings /stop
  • Works from PowerShell as well

Using the script on a desktop

Apparently PresentationSettings is not installed on desktop computers by default. Searching the net I found a post by MVP Robert Sparnaaij where he described that you can use registry to enable this feature on desktop computers as well: http://www.msoutlook.info/question/380

If you save the below text to a .reg file and run it you will add the settings necessary to enable PresentationSettings and you are good to go

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MobilePC\MobilityCenter]
"RunOnDesktop"=dword:1

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MobilePC\AdaptableSettings]
"SkipBatteryCheck"=dword:1

; WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall Windows. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

Download the script and check out how I use the Pomodoro Technique with Lync and PowerShell here: http://msunified.net/2013/11/14/control-your-lync-presence-during-a-pomodoro-sprint-using-powershell/

Control your Lync presence during a Pomodoro Sprint using PowerShell

This article is for you Lync-PRO’s out there who want to differentiate yourself from the average Lync user and at the same time want to reach true flow state using the Pomodoro Technique

This article discusses

  • The Pomodoro Technique
  • Flow state by Jason Silva
  • My Lync controlling Pomodoro PowerShell Script
  • The Script

The Pomodoro Technique

PomodoroScott Hanselman explained the Pomodoro Technique in a great way on his PodCast. Pomodoro is about splitting your productive time into intervals of about 25 minutes. During that time you should ignore E-mail, Lync, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, news, colleagues and all other elements that could distract you from your trail of thought, your deep dive focus, your flow state.

I have a busy day and it comprise of presentations, meetings, workshops,  customer dialogue, support sessions and talking with colleagues. Sometimes I actually need to deep dive into a problem or produce good documentation, where I have to focus for at least 10 minutes before I reach my flowstate and I need to stay in that flow state as long as possible. My biggest problem is that I am easily distracted and that is why I need to really focus to get real work done :) When I first sit down, I try to do Pomodoro sprints where I try not to get interrupted. When the interval is finished I am available for all the Lync IM’s, mails and everything. This way I may get more quality work done in a short period of time. Read more about Pomodoro here: http://pomodorotechnique.com

Flow State

My goal is to reach a flow state. Jason Silva, my favourite futurist, did a talk on his YouTube channel Shots of Awe. Recommend to get inspired by his talk about the subject

My Lync controlling Pomodoro PowerShell Script

When in a Pomodoro focus session I set do-not-disturb in Lync, disable notifications in Windows 8, and close all web sites that can distract me so I can focus on the work at hand be it an e-mail, document, script or configuration task. I use PowerShell as my Pomodoro timer and with the Lync SDK I am able to start a session, set the correct custom status and know that even if I forget, I will reset my status when my focus session is over.

The function in the script does the following

  • Set the duration of the Pomodoro sprint, usually 25 minutes
  • Import the Lync SDK into PowerShell
  • Delay is where you set the interval the script will update time remaining
  • It plays a start wav file, this could be a 25 minute Pomodoro tick sound
    • I usually just find a cool start tune and then listen to my own music on Spotify or YouTube
  • Then I use custom presence state in my Lync client where I have one state called Pomodoro Focus with do-not-disturb
  • Outlook and other notifications will get suppressed using presentationsettings /start, so no notifications will popup during the sprint
  • After that you have the counter that will count down the remainder of the focus session
    • I publish that in the personal note field of the Lync client, updates every minute with the time for when I will be available again :)
    • The last thirty seconds will display how many seconds are left until full availability

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  • At the end of the function
    • I play an alarm to notify me that the session is over
    • Reset the Lync presence state
    • Set an appropriate note in the Lync client
    • To make sure I am available again

The Script

Prerequisites

  • Download the Lync SDK
  • In order to avoid having to install visual studio, extract the lyncsdk86.msi from the sdk exe file using winrar or other software
    • The SDK need to match the bitness of your Lync client
  • Go through the script and change the path to where you installed the SDK
    • The script checks to standard paths for Office 2013
  • Running the script from a desktop? Remember to enable PresentationSettings: http://msunified.net/2013/11/25/lock-down-your-lync-status-and-pc-notifications-using-powershell/
  • I use some default wav files to start and end the Pomodoro Sprint, you can change those at the start of the script
  • Now you only need some determination to get some things done using an awesome technique :)

Veiw the script below

#Start-PomodoroSprintV3.ps1
#Last updated: 02.12.2013 By MVP Ståle Hansen (http://msunified.net)
#Pomodoro function by Nathan.Run() http://nathanhoneycutt.net/blog/a-pomodoro-timer-in-powershell/
#Lync Custom states by Jan Egil Ring http://blog.powershell.no/2013/08/08/automating-microsoft-lync-using-windows-powershell/
#Note: for desktops you need to enable presentation settings in order to suppress email alerts, by MVP Robert Sparnaaij: http://msunified.net/2013/11/25/lock-down-your-lync-status-and-pc-notifications-using-powershell/

cls
#Add the path to your module and wave file here
$ModulePathISO=(Join-Path -Path ${env:ProgramFiles(x86)} -ChildPath “Microsoft Office\Office15\LyncSDK\Assemblies\Desktop\Microsoft.Lync.Model.dll”)
$ModulePathStream=(Join-Path -Path ${env:ProgramFiles(x86)} -ChildPath “Microsoft Office 2013\LyncSDK\Assemblies\Desktop\Microsoft.Lync.Model.dll”)
$StartWave="C:\Windows\Media\Windows Proximity Connection.wav"
$EndWave="C:\Windows\Media\Windows Proximity Notification.wav"
$stop=$False
$errorpref="Continue"

#Checking if the files are available
if (Test-Path $ModulePathISO){$ModulePath=$ModulePathISO}
elseif (Test-Path $ModulePathStream){$ModulePath=$ModulePathStream}
else{Write-host SDK dll file not found;Write-Host Exiting script;break}

if (!(Test-Path $StartWave)){Write-host Start Wave file not found;$stop="True"}
if (!(Test-Path $EndWave)){Write-host End Wave file not found;$stop="True"}
if ($Stop -eq $True){Read-host "Wav files could not be found, press enter to continue or crl+c to exit";$errorpref="SilentlyContinue"}

 Function Publish-LyncContactInformation {

    Param (
        # Availability state as int
        [int]$AvailabilityId,
        # ActivityId as int
        [int]$ActivityId,
        # Custom ActivityId as int
        [int]$CustomActivityId,
        # String value to be configured as personal note in the Lync client
        [string]$PersonalNote
    )
    #Importing Lync SDK and create object
    Import-Module -Name $ModulePath
    $Client = [Microsoft.Lync.Model.LyncClient]::GetClient()
    $Self = $Client.Self
    $ContactInfo = New-Object 'System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary[Microsoft.Lync.Model.PublishableContactInformationType, object]'

    if ($AvailabilityId) {
        $ContactInfo.Add([Microsoft.Lync.Model.PublishableContactInformationType]::Availability, $AvailabilityId)
    }

    if ($CustomActivityId) {
        $ContactInfo.Add([Microsoft.Lync.Model.PublishableContactInformationType]::CustomActivityId, $CustomActivityId)
    }

    if ($PersonalNote) {
        $ContactInfo.Add([Microsoft.Lync.Model.PublishableContactInformationType]::PersonalNote, $PersonalNote)
    }

    $Publish = $Self.BeginPublishContactInformation($ContactInfo, $null, $null)
    $self.EndPublishContactInformation($Publish)

}

Function Start-Pomodoro
{
    Param (
        #Duration of your Pomodoro Session
        [int]$Minutes = 25
    )

    $seconds = $Minutes*60
    $delay = 1 #seconds between ticks

    #Set do-not-disturb Pomodoro Foucs custom presence, where 1 is my pomodoro custom presence state
    Publish-LyncContactInformation -CustomActivityId "1"

    #Setting computer to presentation mode, will suppress most types of popups
    presentationsettings /start

    #Errorprefernce is set to silent when wav files not present
    $ErrorActionPreference = $errorpref
    #Starting music, remember to change filepath to your wav file
    $player = New-Object System.Media.SoundPlayer $StartWave
    1..6 | %{ $player.Play() ; sleep -m 3400 }
    $ErrorActionPreference = "Continue"

    #Counting down to end of Pomodoro
    for($i = $seconds; $i -gt 0; $i = $i - $delay)
    {
         $percentComplete = 100-(($i/$seconds)*100)
         Write-Progress -SecondsRemaining $i `
         -Activity "Pomodoro Focus sessions" `
         -Status "Time remaining:" `
         -PercentComplete $percentComplete
         Start-Sleep -Seconds $delay

         #Showing remainder of time in Lync client personal note
         $MinutesRemaining = $i/60
         $MinutesRemaining = [System.Math]::Round($MinutesRemaining, 0)

         if ($MinutesRemaining -gt 1){Publish-LyncContactInformation -PersonalNote "Will be available in $MinutesRemaining minutes"}
         elseif ($i -lt 31){Publish-LyncContactInformation -PersonalNote "Will be available in $i seconds"}
         else{Publish-LyncContactInformation -PersonalNote "Will be available in less than a minute"}

    }

     #Stopping presentation mode to re-enable outlook popups and other notifications
     presentationsettings /stop

     #Pomodoro session finished, resetting status and personal note, availabilit 1 will reset the Lync status
     Publish-LyncContactInformation -PersonalNote "Your personal note"
     Publish-LyncContactInformation -Availability "1"

     #Errorprefernce is set to silent when wav files not present
     $ErrorActionPreference = $errorpref
     #Playing end of focus session song\alarm, 6 times
     $player = New-Object System.Media.SoundPlayer $EndWave
     1..6 | %{ $player.Play() ; sleep -m 1400 }
     $ErrorActionPreference = "Continue"

 }

Start-Pomodoro -Minutes 25

Featured on NextHop blog Series: Interview with a Lync Pro

I had the honour of being interviewed by Justin Morris who writes the blog series Interview with a Lync Pro hosted at the Lync NextHop blog. It is really cool be featured in such a way and recognized as a Lync Pro by the community together with the people I myself turn to for expert knowledge. Head over to NextHop to read the entire interview and also make sure to read the interview of the other Lync Pro’s as well: http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2012/03/23/interview-with-a-lync-pro-st-229-le-hansen.aspx

NextHop is the Microsoft Lync Server team’s customer response channel—a new medium to rapidly make the information you need available to you, when you need it. NextHop provides pertinent, short-format, technical articles between major releases of the product and associated product documentation (technical library content, Resource Kit book, whitepapers, and tools).
NextHop highlights the knowledge of experts in the Lync Server community, bringing you information from internal and external experts, such as the Lync Server engineering team and our Most Valuable Professional (MVP) community. In addition to publishing great content by contributing authors, NextHop keeps a pulse on the community. The Lync Server Blog Roll and @DrRez Twitter feed highlight the activities of other sites and blogs focused on Communications Server. NextHop provides pointers to a wealth of information about Lync Server. Our plan is to support, encourage, and evangelize all the great content that is being written about Lync Server.