Mar 1 2013

Microsoft has released CU February 2013 for Lync Server 2013 Products

Posted by Brian Ricks at 4:40 AM
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- Categories: Microsoft | mobile | patch | Lync Server | Lync | Update | 2013

Yesterday Microsoft released CU February 2013 for Microsoft Lync Server 2013. The update is a significant one as it adds the necessary components for UCWA to work correctly with the newly announced Mobility clients (as well as any custom REST apps created).

The update process is a little more involved should you be utilizing the new database mirroring feature of Lync Server 2013 so make sure you follow the steps to a tee. In addition to the standard Updater additional resources were released including the Capacity Planner for 2013, the SDK for UCMA and Lync itself, and additional language support for Lync Basic and the VDI plugins.

Three tidbits of information.

1) The –Update switch is no longer needed as the command will detect if an updated is required and if not, will do nothing. If you include the –Update switch it will drop/read sprocs and reACL permissions regardless if an update is required (it of course will update it as well but why have an outage if it is not required).

2) It is reported that bootstrapper (or the Deployment Wizard Step 2) is required prior to invoking the Enable-CsTopology command although I personally have not seen any updates processed while performing this command. It does not hurt to run however so to be on the safe side just go ahead and run bootstrapper.

3) Reboots of the Front-End servers is required. Sometimes – not sure why – the Edge server must be rebooted even if not prompted (good idea to simply do this). And finally the Lync client must be restarted after the two patches are installed below.

The update process for an SE install of Lync Server 2013 is straightforward. After the update of the Lync bits have been applied simply run from the Lync SE 2013 Server’s Lync Server Management Shell (highly important or the system will not function correctly):

Install-CsDatabase –CofiguredDatabases –SqlServerFqdn yourlyncserver.domain

Followed from a command prompt on the Lync SE server and (if applicable) the Lync Edge server(s):

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Lync Server 2013\Deployment\bootstrapper.exe

And then finally back top Lync Server Management Shell:

Enable-CsTopology

If you have an Enterprise install of Lync Server 2013 the process is a little more involved (more moving pieces). To update an EE deployment without a database mirror start from a Front-End server running from Lync Server Management Shell:

Install-CsDatabase -ConfiguredDatabases -SqlServerFqdn SqlServerBE.domain –UseDefaultSqlPaths

Install-CsDatabase -ConfiguredDatabases -SqlServerFqdn ArchMonBE.domain  –UseDefaultSqlPaths

Install-CsDatabase -CentralManagementDatabase -SqlServerFqdnCMS.domain -SqlInstanceName DBInstanceName –UseDefaultSqlPaths

Followed from a command prompt on each FE server and (if applicable) the Lync Edge server(s):

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Lync Server 2013\Deployment\bootstrapper.exe

And then finally back top Lync Server Management Shell:

Enable-CsTopology

If you have an Enterprise install of Lync Server 2013 the process is a little more involved (more moving pieces). To update an EE deployment with a database mirror the process is more involved as you must drop the mirror, update the servers, and then re-create the mirror. This process will most likely be streamlined in upcoming Lync updates – something that we will continue to see often and with high value – but with such a short release cycle it is understandable why the process is what it is today.

Rather than hash the requirements and steps for a mirrored process visit the Microsoft KB article and follow the steps found there (KB2809243). Although it currently does not state a requirement to run bootstrapper on the FE and Edge servers do yourself a favor and run the command to cover all bases (see above cmdlets).

The current update list (and of course all previous updates are included and assumed and thus not listed) is displayed below. It is important to note that the Lync client updates are 2-part and both are required. The table is quite large and as such has been placed into a link which may be found here - the current versions are listed below.

Lync Server 2010 build number is 4.0.7577.205
Lync Client build number is 4.0.7577.4356
Lync Server 2013 build number is 5.0.8308.291
Lync 2013 Client build number is 15.0.4454.1506
Lync Group Chat build number is 4.0.7577.4102
Lync Group Chat Server build number 4.0.7577.4071
Lync Group Chat Admin build number 4.0.7577.4102
Lync Attendee build number is 4.0.7577.4356
Lync Attendant build number is 4.0.7577.4098
Lync Phone Edition Polycom build number 4.0.7577.4372
Lync Phone Editions (other than Polycom) build number is 4.0.7577.4366 (4363 for CX700/8540)
Lync Basic 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017
Lync VDI 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017

 

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