Category Archives: Lync 2013

Introducing the Polycom Trio 8500 Conference Device

Towards the end of 2015, it was with great joy that the world welcomed the Polycom Trio 8800 conference room device into being. Prior to this, the conference phone of choice for Lync/Skype for Business deployments was the Polycom CX3000: a somewhat ageing platform that was still running Lync Phone Edition software, which Microsoft is […]
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Polycom RealConnect for Office 365: Why it’s an even bigger deal

In a previous blog, I discussed the added benefit of PSTN Conferencing capabilities when used in conjunction with Skype for Business Online. Meeting participants could continue to join from their Skype for Business client or a web browser, but now they could also choose to join via phone: very much still an important use case. […]
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Polycom Release Trio 8800 Firmware 5.4.4 Rev AB

Mid November, Polycom released a much anticipated firmware version for the Trio 8800 conference devices: 5.4.4 REV AA (5.4.4.7511). This release gave us a new Skype for Business themed user interface, better support for USB tethering scenarios, multiple video stream support and new screen layouts for video and content viewing (say goodbye to audio switching video […]
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Provisioning Polycom Trio 8800s

UPDATE: The below guidance is still valid, however check out my follow up blog for a simpler approach: Provisioning Polycom Trio 8800s – A Better Way Late last year saw the release of Polycom’s latest Lync/Skype for Business certified conference phone: the Polycom Trio 8800. Polycom also surprised most of us with not only audio,  but […]
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Deploy Office Online Server with Skype for Business

Microsoft has released the next version of the Office Web Apps (WAC) server, and it’s had a name change. It’s now known as Office Online Server (OOS). You can read more about it here. This role is used by Lync 2013/Skype for Business environments as a way to dynamically get PowerPoint presentations out to meeting […]
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Lync SBA/SBS, Response Groups and TCP 5071

Recently, I came across an issue that was affecting Lync 2013 SBA homed users after the re-IP addressing of a Lync 2013 Enterprise Edition pool. After all IP addresses were updated, and pool homed users were fully functional once again, it was discovered that any users homed to an SBA were unable to answer Response Group […]
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Manipulate To Header Field into INVITE Request Line URI

Recently I was working with a SIP Trunk provider (who shall remain nameless) who was doing something rather annoying. Any INVITEs that were being received from downstream for inbound calls were using the service’s pilot number in the Request URI (RURI) header field. The phone number of the party the external caller was actually trying […]
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Cannot configure a server at FQDN [0.0.0.0] because another server is already configured there with a different server version number

Problem Recently I was working on a Lync 2013 deployment, where trusted application servers (used for Remote Call Control with an NEC PBX) needed to be moved from 2010 to 2013. This work was carried out by an external contractor, who removed the trusted application servers from the Lync Topology, published, and then re-added them to the […]
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It’s Here! Skype to Lync Video

Most of us in the Lync community have been waiting for this for sometime now. The wait is over: Skype to Lync video is now available! For this to work, the Skype user needs to be on the latest Skype for Windows client (7.0.85.100). When I tried updating the Skype client directly from the client […]
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It’s Coming… Skype for Business

Within the Lync community, we have all been waiting for the inevitable. Finally, it’s been announced: Lync 2013 will be rebranded Skype for Business. Note the terminology I’ve used here: rebranded. Skype is not replacing Lync 2013, it’s simply adopting the name. Whilst there has been endless discussions about what this means for integrators and […]
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