Issues with Unified Contact Store in combination with Lync on-premises and Exchange Online

I’ve encountered an issue that popped up while I was testing a move from Exchange On-premises to Exchange Online (EXO) while Lync Server 2013 remained on-premises due to Enterprise Voice. Outlook Web Access (OWA) from Exchange Online can be integrated with on-premises Lync, this way OWA users can see presence and have limited IM functionality just like what’s possible if both products are on-premises. For this to work you’ll need Lync Edge servers because OWA EXO will act as an

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Do not update your Office Web Apps Server with automatic updates

Although it is not exactly required to deploy with Exchange Server 2013, Office Web Apps Server (OWAS or also referred to as WAC server) provides a more user friendly experience instead of the standard Web Preview. For Lync Server 2013 it’s a requirement if you want to be able to present PowerPoint files in a conference. And well, for SharePoint Server it’s just a given. So, it’s not an uncommon server to encounter when you work with these products. However

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The UC Architects Episode 35: Service Packed! is available now!

A few days ago episode 35 of The UC Architects podcast went live! Service Packed! With Steve Goodman hosting, joined by John Cook, Michael Van Hybrid, Michel de Rooij, Serkan Varoglu, Ståle Hansen and yours truly. Our editor was the legendary Andrew Price. In this episode we talk (a lot) about Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1, a quick review of the new features and the detected Transport bug and how we feel about that one. If you have plans

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I will be presenting at the NGN Exchange evening event on 25th November

On the 25th of November the Dutch usergroup NGN (Netwerk Gebruikersgroep Nederland) will organize an Exchange themed evening event and I’m one of the speakers. I’m extra excited as it will be held at the OGD ICT Diensten head office in Delft, my employer! My session will be about Exchange and mobile devices, focused on ActiveSync but also on Outlook Web App and the OWA App for iPad/iPhone. A very interesting and currently relevant topic, if I say so myself

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My portable lab hardware

Recently somebody asked via Twitter my what the make and model is of my laptop, used for Exchange testing environments. Well, 140 characters is not a lot of space so I decided to blog about it. Our company uses Dell laptops as a laptop standard, but other vendors might have comparable configurations. The main model type is a Precision M4700, but for lab purposes the configuration has been customized: CPU: Intel Core i7-3820QM @ 2,70GHz Memory: 32GB (4x8GB) 1600MHz DDR3

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The UC Architects episode 14 is now available!

Episode 14 is now available for download! It is hosted by Steve Goodman and co-hosts were John Cook, Serkan Varoglu, Johan Veldhuis and Stale Hansen. Christmas Exchange 2010 SP2 RU5 Version 2 Issues with the Windows Management Framework on Exchange 2010 and 2007 Lync Pilot Kit Lync Conference 2013 Tips for early adaptors on Lync 2013 Issues with Live.edu to Office 365 migrations What will be hot in 2013? The newest UC Architects episode is now available from iTunes and

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The UC Architects podcast episode 13 is up! With special guest Rick Kingslan (Lync Sr. Technical Writer)

Episode 13 is available for download for a while now! It is hosted by Pat Richard and co-hosts were John Cook, Tom Arbuthnot, Justin Morris and I rambled some lines in there myself . Topics include news stories about the Surface Pro, the new improved Exchange/Lync Connectivity Analyzer website, the revoked Exchange 2010SP2 RU5 update and a lot more. As a special guest we had Rick Kingslan, Microsoft Senior Technical Writer for Lync. We asked him some questions like: How

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The UC Architects Episode 11 is out now!

The newest UC Architects episode, the eleventh, is now available from iTunes and the Zune store and soon via www.theucarchitects.com. This episode includes myself, host Pat Richards, co-hosts Michel de Rooij, Johan Veldhuis, Ståle Hansen and specials guests Lync MCM Kevin Peters and Lync MVP Matt Landis. Topics include (but are not limited to): October 2012 Lync Server 2010 update Lync VDI, SBA, SBC Availability of Wave 15 products for MSDN/TechNet and Volume license customers. Microsoft Surface RT Building an Exchange

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Exchange 2013 and all other Office products RTM bits are now available on TechNet!

Looks like Microsoft itself can’t wait to release the RTM bits of Exchange 2013 and it’s family members, because they are currently available on TechNet. See proof below: Like the RTM announcement this availability is quite a lot sooner than expected, or actually announced. Microsoft itself aimed at half november for TechNet subscribers. Should we think more of this? Nah, let’s just enjoy it. If anything, Microsoft had al lot extra time built-in just in case one of the product

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