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. Continue reading

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: https://msunified.net/2017/08/23/set-yourself-unavailable-with-this-open-source-powershell-based-pomodoro-timer/

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

Continue reading

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

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