Category Archives: Updates

Cumulative Update 6 (CU6) for Lync Server 2010 Released

CU6 for Lync Server 2010 has arrived! This update is mostly bugfixes, but the big feature this CU provides is that Lync Phone Edition now supports wildcard certificates.

Non-Federated Meeting Issue Fixed

Fellow Modality consultant Tom Arbuthnot brought this issue to my attention a few months back. The scenario was that if you invited someone to a Lync meeting that also had Lync, but they’re weren’t federated with your organisation, they wouldn’t be able to join your meeting. This issue has been fixed in this cumulative update, check out the KB article on this for more info.

Download links are below. Make sure you patch all your Lync servers and clients ASAP.

Server Update:

  • Updates for Lync Server. You just need the LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe to update each server. Download here and view the corresponding KB article explaining what’s fixed.
    Remember to do the backend database update!

Client Updates:

  • Update for Lync 2010 Client (64-bit) download here.
  • Update for Lync 2010 Client (32-bit) download here.
  • Update for Lync 2010 Group Chat Client download here.

Lync Phone Edition Updates:

  • Update for Lync 2010 Phone Edition (Polycom CX500, CX600 & CX3000) download here.
  • Update for Lync 2010 Phone Edition (Aastra 6721ip and Aastra 6725ip) download here.
  • Update for Lync 2010 Phone Edition (HP 4110 and HP 4120) download here.
  • Update for Lync 2010 Phone Edition (Polycom CX700 & LG Nortel 8540) download here.

Happy patching!

Lync for Mac 2011 14.0.2 Update Available

A bit late to the party I know. 🙂 I was in Turkey all last week so didn’t get a chance to write about this earlier.

Last Monday, Microsoft released a new update (14.0.2) to Lync for Mac 2011 that fixed a few issues, one which I’ve been keeping an eye on for a while and that many on the TechNet forums reported – problems with the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client.

Secondly, this update fixes scenarios where the client might unexpectedly sign out or crash. Sensational. I’ve definitely experienced this first hand so this is a welcome update to improve stability.

To update your client just open Office Updates and it’ll do it for you. Easiest way is from within Lync, click Help then Check for Updates. Alternatively, you can download the patch manually.

For more information and a download link, check out the Microsoft Support KB article here.

Cumulative Update 5 (CU5) for Lync Server 2010 Released

CU5 for Lync Server 2010 has arrived! This update fixes the “no video in RCC” behaviour (whereby an RCC cannot make a video call at all), as verified by Jamie Stark here on twitter.

Here are the download links:

  • Updates for Server. You just need the LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe to update each server. Download here and view the corresponding KB article explaining what’s fixed.
  • Update for Client (64-bit) download here.
  • Update for Client (32-bit) download here.
  • Update for Group Chat Client download here.

Happy patching!

RCC gets video

Update – Fri 02 Mar 8:30am GMT

I wanted to touch on this a bit more in light of Jamie Stark’s post on NextHop overnight. Some important caveats are raised and I want to highlight a few here:

“For RCC-enabled users to make peer-to-peer video calls and join video conference calls, they need a webcam and a headset, handset, or speakerphone for their workstation or laptop.”

“The update does not support the scenario known as Split AV, where audio is delivered through the desk phone and video comes through the Lync client. The Split AV scenario provides an inconsistent and oftentimes suboptimal end-user experience, because the audio and video use different network paths and frequently lose sync. This means when a user starts an audio call using a PBX phone, they cannot add video to that call. If a call is started using the Lync client as the audio endpoint, it can be escalated to include video.”

“The February 2012 update is all client-side with Lync 2010.”

So if you run RCC today, you’re getting video back. Happy days!

Cumulative Update 4 (CU4) for Lync Server 2010 Released

Over the weekend, the much anticipated Cumulative Update 4 for Lync Server 2010 was released. I was up in Scotland enjoying sunny Glasgow so missed out on providing super-cutting edge breaking news, but fellow Modality consultants Tom Arbuthnot and Ari Protheroe and MUCUGL co-founder Adam Jacobs covered it pretty extensively in their blogs.

This CU is a precursor for the Mobility side of things on the server, and is in preparation for the impending release of the Lync Mobile clients for Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, Android and Symbian. It does not however, actually include the Mobility server components requires to provide functionality for the mobile clients (as Lync MVP Kevin Peters mentioned).

In addition to enabling new functionality, there are a bunch of bugs fixed in this update relating to things like CAC, file transfer, the Address Book service, media flow for AV conferencing and much much more.

There are a few new Lync Server Management Shell cmdlets in CU4, and they all pertain to mobility. I won’t reinvent the wheel here by explaining what they all do as Tom has covered them all really well from the CU4 help file in his blog post above.

As always, these updates are cumulative (hence the name), which means they contain all updates from previous CUs as well. Remember to back up your Lync servers and configuration before applying the update.
The Microsoft download link is available here.