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Tickets Now Available and Call for Speakers Open for UCDay UK 2016

Unified Communications Day will be coming back in 2016 on the 24th October. After a successful event this year we have decided to include an extra technical track to our event, Microsoft Azure, where you can learn from the best about the latest and greatest happening within the Azure arena. Making UC Day a Microsoft Unified Communications and Cloud Conference, which makes us very excited for next...

Microsoft Earnings FY16 Q2, Office 365 up 70%, Azure revenue up 140%

Some highlights for Office 365 and Unified Communications: “Office 365 commercial revenue grew nearly 70 percent in constant currency, while seats grew 59 percent.” “We’re also enthusiastic about how people use Office on other platforms. On iOS and Android, Skype has more than 900 million downloads and Office apps surpassed 340 million this quarter. There are also over 30 million iOS and Android...

Exchange UM Toll Fraud Risk, Don’t Weaken Your PIN Settings

Exchange Unified Messaging is the voicemail platform common to most Lync/Skype for Business installs but also supports PBX systems. We’ve recently seen a new toll fraud attack targeting Exchange UM’s to relay calls and either bypass call charges or run up charges on premium rate numbers. The attack relies on guessing or otherwise compromising users PINs. The attacker then calls the compromised...

Skype for Business Pricing and Licensing

I’m neither a pricing or licencing expert, and licencing seems to be equal parts logic and black magic, but here is a brief explanation of my understanding of how Licencing woks for Skype for Business. All prices quoted are default list and likely to change a little depending on vertical/region/quantity/licencing model etc. Do not take these prices or definitions as correct, my understanding...

Use Group Policy Power Plans to Stop Lab Virtual Machines Locking

I always have to go hunting around for this, so thought I might as well post. In a lab on hyper-v, I often console onto the VM’s and don’t want them locking all the time. The lock because the windows power plan “turns off the display” which causes them to go into a locked state. If the VM’s are domain joined you can use group policy to stop the display ever “turning off”.   After virtual...

Windows.edb Windows Search Index Bloats and Eats Hard Drive Space

I’ve had this a couple of times now, so thought a quick post might be useful. I notice my SSD is getting full, and find Windows.edb at over 30GB.   To fix it, you can go through the gui to force a rebuild:   Advanced/Rebuild Or you can stop the service, delete the file and restart the service: Delete file Restart Service New index is built in a few minutes:   There is a patch for...

MS15-034 / KB3042553 IIS Vulnerability affects Lync Servers: Get Patching Now

An Internet Information Server (IIS) vulnerability can be used to remotely crash Windows Servers. The patch was released on Tuesday (April 14th) as part of Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday. Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 are all affected. HTTP.sys is used by any version of IIS running on one of these operating systems...

List All Microsoft/Windows Updates with PowerShell Sorted by KB/HotFixID : Get-MicrosoftUpdate

  Update 17/8/2014:  I have found that new-object -com “Microsoft.Update.Searcher” only lists updates installed by windows update, not all updates (including manually installed updates), I’m still looking for a method that gives 100% of updates. I recently came across a scenario where I needed to check if certain Hotfixes for Microsoft Office were installed. Easy, Get...

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