Dirteam Bloggers at LyncConf 2014

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From Saturday February 15, 2014 to February 22, 2014, I will be in Las Vegas to attend LyncConf 2014. I’m very excited! Together with my colleague and fellow Dirteam blogger Robin Gilijamse, I will be getting all the ins and outs on the subject of Microsoft Lync and Unified Communications.

The 2014 Lync Conference will be held at the Aria Resort and Casino (Las Vegas, what did you expect) at the Las Vegas Boulevard.

Last year I went to TechEd Europe 2013 in Madrid with Sander Berkouwer and Maarten de Vreeze. That was the first big Microsoft event I attended. It was totally awesome, despite the funny hotel. So this will be my ‘big’ second event.

I passed my ‘Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Communications’ last December with some instructional help from Robin Gilijamse. Therefore, I was granted the opportunity to go by my employer.

If everything goes according to plan, I will be a lot more knowledgeable on troubleshooting and reading Lync logs. Also I'm planning to get more information about the various voice options and Survivable Branch Appliances (SBA).

Our flight will leave from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) in the morning and we’ll be making a short stop at Detroit (DTW). I heard it was freezing over there. Usually it is freezing in the Netherlands this time of year, although not at the moment. Fortunately, Las Vegas is +20 degrees Celsius. After our short stop in Detroit, we’ll be arriving at Las Vegas (LAS) at 16:54 local time.

Viva Las Vegas!

Las Vegas Strip 2009

Hope to see all you fellow Lync enthusiasts there!

SkyDrive crashes on my domain machine

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I while ago I wrote about restoring your Win-X menu when this did not show up after migrating from a Windows 7 member client to a Windows 8 member client. And by member client I mean active directory member.

It turns out this problem still exists in Windows 8.1. Also in Windows 8.1 there seems to be a problem with your SkyDrive (OneDrive) integration. As in some cases it turns out that your SkyDrive will crash and not sync.

So here is a nice script to fix your Win-X menu and Skydrive:


reg add

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{8E74D236-7F35-4720-B138-1FED0B85EA75}\ShellFolder /v Attributes /t reg_dword /d 0x00100000 /f

reg delete "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\WinX-fix-%COMPUTERNAME%" /f >NUL 2>NUL

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\WinX-fix-%COMPUTERNAME%" /v Version /t REG_SZ /d "1" /f

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\WinX-fix-%COMPUTERNAME%" /v StubPath /t REG_SZ /d "\"%ProgramFiles%\windows-8-fixes\fixWinX.cmd\"" /f

Reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer" /v DisablePersonalDirChange /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

xcopy /S /C /I /Q /H /R /Y "%PUBLIC%\..\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\**" "%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\WinX"


If for any reason the service formally known as SkyDrive is not working after the script above, try the following

Reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer" /v DisablePersonalDirChange /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Also, this script can be incorporated into your deployment image, but also be deployed through active directory. Remember that this is a CMD script, and this can also be done trough PowerShell cmd-lets.

Just remember you need to run this with administrative privileges.