Debugging address book issues with Debug-CsAddressBookReplication

As I explained in a previous post, the address book component of Lync underwent major changes in Lync Server 2013, but the basic functionality remains the same.  Address Book is a deceivingly simple component.  While how it works is easy to explain, there are a great number of things that may go wrong.  Debugging issues…

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Address Book changes for Lync 2013

For those of you familiar with the address book from previous versions of Lync, you will find the address book feature in Lync 2013 very familiar.  On the outside we have made very few changes.  The Powershell cmdlets used to manage the address book are essentially the same (with one change that I will mention…

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Partitioning Lync Address Book using msRTCSIP-GroupingID

In certain large organizations, the need exists to not allow certain users to search for others.  One simple example of this is a school district.  Perhaps the school district wants to only allow users within schools to search for each other.  So if I belong to Cougar Hill Elementary I can search for my fellow…

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How to enable last name, first searches in Lync Address Book

Over time, a few people have asked me why, given someone with a first name of Ziggy and a last name of Zooga, you will see the following results when searching using the Lync Address Book. Ziggy – success Zooga – success Ziggy Zooga – success Zooga Ziggy – failure Shouldn’t we be able to…

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How to create a new group and add contacts to it in UCMA

It is quite easy to add groups, add contacts, and enumerate both contacts and groups using UCMA’s ContactGroupServices extension.  To enumerate groups, you can use the following. ICollection<Group> groups = endpoint.ContactGroupServices.EndGetAllGroups(endpoint.ContactGroupServices.BeginGetAllGroups(null, null)); To add a group, the following will work. endpoint.ContactGroupServices.EndAddGroup(endpoint.ContactGroupServices.BeginAddGroup(“mygroupname”, null, null, null)); And to add a contact in this new group you may…

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Why is UCMA telling me my session is not established when I add a contact?

Recently I found myself in the situation where I need to add a contact to a user using UCMA  but did not care about what contacts currently existed.  I did the standard plumbing to create a CollaborationPlatform and register the user, then added the contact with the following code. userEndpoint.ContactGroupServices.EndAddContact(this.Subscriber.ContactGroupServices.BeginAddContact(contactUri, null, null)); To my surprise,…

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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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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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