May 032013

I can’t believe its already been three years since I installed our first Lync 2010 edge server, but the certificate expiry is in the near future, so the time has passed quickly.

The documentation for the certificate request, generation and assignment was flaky, so I had to dig deep in my mind to drag out what to do when installing a certificate in Lync, especially the Lync edge server. If you are also having problems remembering what to do, or you have never tried it before, then this blog post is for you.

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Mar 082013

After the Lync 2013 upgrade I made at my company in December, we have been having problems with multiparty IM and voice calls, as well as with the Lync whiteboard feature and other stuff.

We develop software that integrates with Lync ( and, so our production Lync installation should really be working properly, but I haven’t had the time to look into the problem in details, and no amount of googling the error messages helped.

Today however, my colleague had to debug a problem to one of our software products, that only occurred when the user was in a voice conference, so the Lync issue had to be solved – otherwise he had no way of reproducing the software problem.

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Mar 082013

I recently installed the monitoring database for my company Lync Server 2013 infrastructure.

Following the guide at was straight forward, but as often happens, something went wrong.

When it wanted to create the SQL server database, the topology publish process failed with an error message: “The network path was not found”.

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Feb 052013

If you need to debug Lync Server 2013 on Windows Server 2012, you are best of running it on a full server UI (not Server Core or the minimal UI).

I have experienced that without it, the Snooper tool won’t be able to show you a parsed view of the log files, only the raw logs.

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Jan 102013

I have recently updated my company’s Lync infrastructure from 2010 to 2013.

The process went fairly well (see my original post for the problems I encountered during the installation).

I moved some users to the Lync 2013 pool, and added a 2013 edge server. Everything seemed to work fine, so I moved all users to the new pool, and thought all was good.

But then I noticed that Whiteboards and Polls in IM sessions and meetings were not working. Application and desktop sharing was working fine. I haven’t tried Powerpoint sharing, because that requires an Office Web Apps server, which I haven’t installed yet.

Neither internal nor external users were able to use Whiteboard or Polls.

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Dec 142012

I have recently begun the process of migrating my workplace’s Lync infrastructure from Lync 2010 to Lync 2013. It is not a trivial process, but easier than my previous upgrade from OCS 2007 R2 to Lync 2010. That involved a number of calls to Microsoft Premier support, and using ADSI Edit to delete some old entries left by a previous installation of Live Communications Server 2005.

The tools to configure and deploy Lync 2013 are very similar to the Lync 2010 tools, so at least the interface is familiar if you know Lync 2010.

As before, it’s not possible to upgrade in-place, you must install the Lync 2013 servers side-by-side and then move users from Lync 2010 to 2013.

During the upgrade I ran into a few problems.

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