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The Lync 2013 Preview Unified Contact Store (UCS)

This blog post takes a first look at the Lync 2013 Preview Unified Contact Store feature from a user perspective, answers some key high level feature questions, and gives some important tips for configuring this feature.

Note: all of the information below is applicable to the Lync Server 2013 Preview and Exchange Server 2013 Preview. It is subject to change when both of these products are released in their final form, but as far as I know it is applicable to the RTM versions.

What is The Unified Contact Store?

Much has already been written about the Unified Contact Store. In a nutshell it is a feature which allows Lync . . . → Read More: The Lync 2013 Preview Unified Contact Store (UCS)

Office Web Apps Server in the Lync Server 2013 Preview

July 2013 Update: This article was originally written for the Preview release of Lync Server 2013. I have since updated it for the RTM version and added a couple of more tips. What Is The Office Web Apps Server?

The Office Web Apps Server is the next incarnation of the Microsoft Web Access Companion Server (WAC) which basically allows applications such as Lync and SharePoint to stream PowerPoint presentations efficiently to a variety of end-points in higher resolution. Lync Server 2013 Preview leverages the Office Web App server to broadcast PowerPoint presentations to the Lync 2013 clients – including the Lync Web App – in a Lync Online Meeting (conference).

. . . → Read More: Office Web Apps Server in the Lync Server 2013

10 Tips for Installing the Lync 2013 Server Preview

This blog post details several tips and lessons learned with installing the Lync 2013 Standard Edition Server Preview in a lab – especially if you are installing it on Windows Server 2008 R2. Much of the content and information on installing the Lync Server 2013 Preview assumes you are installing it on Windows Server 2012 RC.

January 2013 Update: as far as I know, all the tips in this post apply to the RTM version of Lync Server 2013.

Tip – Use the Excellent Community Content Available for Installing Lync 2013 Sever Preview

When I started blogging about OCS 2007 many moons ago, there wasn’t much help available. The Lync . . . → Read More: 10 Tips for Installing the Lync 2013 Server