Running UCMA 2.0 applications on Lync Server 2010

While the most ideal scenario is to only run UCMA 3.0 applications with Lync Server 2010, for many of you this is simply not possible.  You may own an application that was written for UCMA 2.0 and you want to upgrade to Lync Server 2010, but the application has not yet been updated to UCMA…

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The Complexity of Simple Urls

One of the many new features in Lync Server 2010 is a change to how meeting Urls are formatted.  The name of this feature is “Simple Url”, but in truth this this elicits a smirk from anyone on our team who has dealt with them, as simple Urls are anything but simple.  The goal of…

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Why Get-CsTopology can be evil

Recently while performing a web search, I came across a blog that recommended that users read the topology Xml returned from Get-CsTopology in order to provision a UCMA application.  This is really not a good practice and we actually seriously considered removing this cmdlet entirely from the product.  It only stayed due to internal dependencies…

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10 Ways to Become a Better Developer

Over the last number of years, I have learned the following practices that I believe are worth sharing.  While there exists the perception that the best devs are those who can describe a product or feature in gory details and implement very complicated algorithms, the truth is far from that.  The following are some hallmarks…

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Lync Server Topologies – on Sites Pools and Services

Today we will finally start delving into the topology document – well sort of.  In the previous two days I covered the Content Management Server and how documents are defined.  I also mentioned that the topology document itself is stored in the Content Management Store.  Today I will cover what exactly a topology is. In…

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More about manageability changes in Lync Server 2010

In yesterday’s post, I glossed over the small fact that pretty much every single line of manageability code has been rewritten in Lync Server 2010.  In today’s post, I thought it would be a good idea to explain this further. Almost every single line of manageability code was rewritten in Lync Server 2010. There.  I…

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Lync Topologies – an introduction

With the release of the Lync Server 2010 RC yesterday, I am finally free to begin discussing all sorts of things in my head.  Today I will discuss one of the most crucial parts of Lync Server 2010 – the topology.  There is a huge amount of information here and this will certainly take a…

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We have a new name!

For those of you who haven’t seen a blog from me in over a year, you may be happy to hear the following information. I am alive and well, with this post serving as evidence of the former. We have a new name for our product – Microsoft Lync Server 2010. Those who have followed…

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