Understanding Lync Security – Part 1

Securing Lync is Critical, especially now a day, where security breaches are common.

Our focus will be on securing external access to Lync. Lync Edge server and Director server are here for that, for providing external access to Lync and protect it in the same time.

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Lync Address Book


I’m sure a number of you had this problem too, a user complain that when he/she search the Lync client or phone address book for a user, they get no results.

First I would like to explain briefly how Lync Address Book is generated and synchronized.

  1. Changes done to the User account in the Active Directory are synched automatically with Lync every 60 sec.
  2. Those changes are written to the SQL back-end of your Lync Deployment.
  3. Every 24h (1:30AM server local time) Lync Address book server will start synchronization job that pull recent data stored in the SQL rtc database, and write them to the Address Book files.
  4. Lync Client or Lync Phone Edition download any updated address book files (.dabs & .lsabs) and update the “GALContact.db” saved locally, this process happen randomly by the Lync Client or Phone Edition.

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Integrate Lync 2013 with Exchange 2013 SP1 Step-by-Step Part-2

11.04.2014 update – Added steps for OWA SP1 integration 

Integrating Lync 2013 with OWA 2013


This is the 2nd part of my article on how to integrate Lync 2013 with Exchange 2013, in Part-1 I talked about integrating Lync 2013 with Exchange 2013 UM, in this one I will write a quick how to guide

About integrating Lync 2013 and OWA 2013 using PowerShell mostly.


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Integrate Lync 2013 with Exchange 2013 Step-by-Step Part-1


In this series of articles I will start a how to guide in integration of Microsoft Lync 2013 and Microsoft Exchange 2013 including integration with UM and OWA.

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Publish Lync URL using Apache Server


So as TMG2 2010 is being taking out of the picture, some companies looking for 3rd party option to publish their Lync Services.

We are one of those companies, we still in decision making stage should we go with Hardware Load Balancer with publishing or is there is something cheaper.

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Synthetic Transactions Accounts Configurations for Lync


This is a quick to the point post to show you the preparations needed to use the Test-CS PowerShell commands family.

you need to create and configure two accounts for synthetic transactions for Lync.

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