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Zero Install Taskbar “Metro Start Button” for Windows 8 and Server 2012

I’ve been using Windows 8 since CP and have now installed the Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate. I’m particularly excited about Hyper-V 3 (on client and server) and all the new PowerShell coverage. The new Metro interface is interesting, to be honest at the moment for me it’s really primarily a pretty “full screen start menu/app launcher” but I’m glad Microsoft...

How to Disable Remote Desktop (RDP) from listening on an External NIC

Of course you’ll usually have you Lync Edge server (or any other server in your DMZ) behind a firewall with only selected ports open, and/or at the very least have the Windows Firewall on, however in certain situations it’s good to know how to stop Remote Desktop Service listening on the external network interface. If you do have RDP listening on an Internet accessible NIC you’ll soon see a lot...

Lync Backend Database Issue Event ID: 32118: SQL server cross database chaining option is disabled for either rtc or rtcdyn database

During a recent Lync Enterprise Pool install I hit a decidedly colourful event log when bring up the front end servers, not what we want to see. Events such as Source: LS MCU Factory Event ID: 51009 Task Category: (1021) Level: Error Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: fe01.domain.com Description: The MCUFactory failed to process a health notification from the following MCU: . The connection to...

Exchucutil.ps1 Error “The UM server wasn’t able to read the Communications Server pool objects”

I hit this error the other day updating Exchange 2010 Unified Messaging settings when adding a second Lync 2010 Enterprise Pool. I couldn’t work it out because both Lync and Exchange UM were already deployed and working, and my permissions were lined up. [PS] C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Exchange Server 2010>& “C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange...

Testing Lync A/V scenarios in a Virtual Machine with a Virtual/Emulated Webcam and Soundcard

VM’s are great for building labs and testing different scenarios. On of the challenges with Lync/UC is you need Audio and Video to do any serious testing. You have a couple of options here Use some old Physical hosts Use VMware Workstation with it’s AV/USB pass-through Use Virtual/Emulated Soundcard and Webcam Physical Hosts If you happen to have some old desktops/laptops lying around you can use...

Affordable Quiet 32GB RAM Home Lab/Whitebox Hyper-V server – Build List

Inspired/led astray by Jeff Guillet who I got to meet at the recent MVP Summit. I’ve recently bought a new 32GB RAM home lab server for home for £610/$970. Jeff has a great post on his build here, which provided a nice starting point for my build. I wanted as much RAM as possible, quiet and relatively low power so I can leave it on. I knew there were “desktop” motherboard about that could take up...

Lync Server 2010 Client Policy “Allow/Block and upgrade” and “Allow/Block with URL”, what do these do?

Lync has a Client Version Policy that allows you to allow or reject registrations from certain client versions Against each User Agent and Version you have the following options: So what impact do these options have on end users? thanks to Jed Elerby for helping test these scenarios Well Allow and Block are pretty self explanatory, but what is “and upgrade” and “with URL”? With Allow and upgrade...

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