Lync Server Technical Specialist Exam

Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Configuring exam is 70-664

There is no official preparation material available but Enrique Lima over at Geekswithblogs has pulled together an unofficial prep guide based on the exam objectives. I'll be attempting the exam in the next couple of weeks, once I get Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Exchange out of the way. I'll update the post once I get into the study and attempt the exam. 

Lync Phone Edition updates released

An update is available from Microsoft for the Aastra  and Polycom range of Lync Handsets

Dect compatible handset available for Lync

Snom have a Dect handset compatible with Lync available. The M9 series supports up to 9 handset per base station. A configuration guide is available from Snom. I hope to soon get my hands on a sample unit to try it out.

Jan 2011 Updates for Lync Server, Lync Client, Lync Attendee and Lync Group Chat

Micrsoft have released a series of updates for Lync

Updates for Lync Server 2010

  • Update for Administrative Tools 2467771
  • Update for Core Components 2467775 
  • Update for Conferencing Server 2467776
  • Update for Web Components Server 2449497  
The updates can be download from here

Update for Lync Client, the update is available for 32bit and 64bit

Update for Lync Attendee, the update is available for Admin level install or User level install

Update for Group Chat Administration and Client, the Administration update is available here and the client update here

Lync Documentation

The Lync Server 2010 documentation is available online or as a series of Word docs and best of all the whole documentation set has been compiled into a downloadable Windows help file, which has the great advantage of being searchable and always available.

Windows Security update causes issues with Lync (KB2419640)

BEWARE of Windows Security update that causes issues with Lync (KB2419640) - "Cannot read topology. Verify that the topology data is accessible" from Management Shell

Security Update for Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Edition (KB2419640) causes error when trying to access the Lync system through the management shell (I didn't try the control panel). Error was "Cannot read topology. Verify that the topology data is accessible"

Everything was ok after the update was removed (which required a server restart)