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16GB RAM in HP NL40 Microserver and using PowerShell to check system RAM at startup

I have a couple of the HP NL40 Microservers in my lab, they are little low powered servers (dual core AMD 1.5Ghz) but make quite decent little virtualisation hosts for a lab environment. Officially they support 8GB RAM, but there are a number of reports of them working with 16GB. In fact a good UK supplier ships them with 16GB , using this ECC kit The servers will also take non ECC kits (about...

Microsoft and Modality Systems #Lync 2013 Webinar Series (Jan-March)

  Modality are doing a number of webinars with Microsoft on Lync 2013. Our guys in the US are doing it so its (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada). Hopefully they will also be available on demand (they usually are). Get yourself signed up with the links below Microsoft, along with our Partner Modality, are excited to invite you to participate in our Lync Webinar Series.  This Webinar...

MS UC User Group London: 24th January 2013 Polycom EEC London – Best of Lync 2013 Ignite

  2013 has begun and it seems all the Lync user groups around the world are keen to get started with a bang, it seems nearly everyone has an event in January! At Microsoft UC User Group London we will be attempting to do the “best of 2013 Ignite” in Just two hours! For those that don’t know, Ignite is Microsoft’s training to select partners and customers on new products, usually...

The UC Architects Podcast: Special Guest Rick Kingslan #Lync Team Senior Technical Writer

  Every few weeks a group of Microsoft UC Pros record a podcast about the latest happenings in the Microsoft UC world, I’m happy to be a part of the podcast team. I wanted to call out episode 13 as of particular interest for the Lync fans among you. We talk to Rick Kingslan, Senior Technical Writer on the Lync team. If you’ve done anything with Lync you’ve almost certainly read...

Lync 2013: Setting a user picture for an Application or Response Group Contact Object

I tested this on a while homed on a 2013 pool and with the 2013 client. It doesn’t seem to work with the 2010 client in my testing. It is in no way supported, I just thought it might work, use at your own risk. It also seems to be fairly intermittent as to whether the pictures will appear or not in the client – if anyone has an ideas on this/tries this I’m interested to hear how...

How to Update Sonus/NET UX Gateway Firmware

Quick post as I’ve been asked about this a few times. Here are the steps to upgrade the Sonus UX1000 / UX2000 (the web interface is the same on both). The gateways have a A/B Partition system. This is nice as you can upgrade the inactive partition ready to reboot to it out of hours and if you have any issues you can roll back to the partition with the old firmware prior to the upgrade. Here you...

Lync 2013 client – Force Instant Address Book (GalContacts.db) Download: “Address book synchronizing. Results may not be current.”

Like Lync 2010, Lync 2013 has a random back-off period before downloading the locally cached address book file. This is to avoid a storm of downloads if a large number of users sign in at the same time. This is why you may see “Address book synchronizing. Results may not be current.”   Also like 2010, you can set a registry key to override this behaviour and have the client download the file...

What Lync 2013 client setting are held in the Registry?

Just like Lync 2010, some Lync 2013 client settings are held in the registry. This post goes over the registry keys Keys Under Lync: HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Lync   Key AddToFirewallExceptionList AllowOverridingDeviceAtJoinTime AutoOpenMainWindowWhenStartup AutoSignInWhenUserSessionStarts AwayThreshold CurrentUILanguage DSBkgndMode DuplicatePrimaryMonitorPresentingSetting...

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