February 2015 Lync Client/Server Update

Microsoft quietly released the Lync Client and Server CU for February 2015 and perhaps with good reason; little to nothing appears to have been added to Lync other than a not quite functioning correctly  CsClientPolicy setting EnableSkypeUI. The policy is designed to allow a Lync 2013 server admin to preserve the look and feel of the Lync client after the 'Skype' CU has been delivered either automatically via O365, via Windows Update, or via the system administrator. By default this value is $NULL which SHOULD equate to ‘Use the Lync UI’ but instead it defaults to ‘Use the Skype UI’. Setting the value to $FALSE will force the Lync UI and in future client releases (read that as RTM) the feature will work as expected.

Missing/odd features is definitely not a reason to apply a patch and since it has been 30 days since the release with no known/major issues I would say all is good. The patch does update Core, Server, RGS, Management, and Web Components as well as databases.

There are a few database upgrades required for the backend databases (QoE), and for the CMS (assuming you are up-to-date (i.e. since December 2014)). It is interesting that Microsoft is calling out the sequence with more vigor and I cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure your databases match your CU level or ‘bad things happen.’  We discuss over and over how to check upgrade readiness as well the database upgrade methods so if you are unclear, review previous posts here.

Lync Server 2013

5.0.8308.872

2809243

MS Download

 

Lync 2013 Client 32-bit

15.0.4693.1001

2920744

 

 

 

Lync 2013 Client 64-bit

15.0.4693.1001

2920744

MS Download

Additional Notes: 
Lync Server 2010 build number is 4.0.7577.709

Lync 2010 Client build number is 4.0.7577.4446

Lync Server 2013 build number is 5.0.8308.872

Lync 2013 Client build number is 15.0.4693.1001
 

Lync Group Chat build number is 4.0.7577. 4409

Lync Group Chat Server build number 4.0.7577.4409

Lync Group Chat Admin build number 4.0.7577.4409
 

Lync Attendee build number is 4.0.7577.4382

Lync Attendant build number is 4.0.7577.4098

Lync Phone Editions build number is 4.0.7577.4455
Lync Phone Edition (Tanjay) build number is 4.0.7577.4451
Lync for Mac 2011 build number is 14.0.10

Lync 2010 for Windows Phone build number 4.3.8120.0

Lync 2010 for iPhone build number 4.7

Lync 2010 for iPad build number 4.7
Lync 2010 for Android build number 4.0.6509.3001
 

Lync 2013 for Windows Phone build number 5.8.1327.0

Lync 2013 for iPad build number 5.6

Lync 2013 for iPhone build number 5.6

Lync 2013 for Android build number 5.5.3.8935
Lync 2013 for Android tablet build number 5.5.3.8919
 

Lync Basic 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017
Lync VDI 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017

Another Microsoft "hidden" feature - CU December 2014 Released

In the latest Cumulative Update for Lync Sever 2013 released in December, a special “feature” was added by Microsoft secretively. The nature of the secrecy is unknown but I would bet it was not to be deceitful but more of poor planning on the release of information.

In the December 2014 CU, four items were updated – Core, the UCMAPI, Web Components, and the Front End/Edge Server. All of the updates are classified as routine maintenance/stability updates with no new features listed. However, the Web Components added a “feature” that is causing issues with using Lync Web App (LWA) and Google Chrome. In short, LWA is no longer compatible with Google Chrome because of future known issues with Chrome. This is one of those proactive steps that Microsoft took – before Chrome broke. So now, after the update is applied, the popup from Chrome simply states Google Chrome no longer supports LWA.

It is expected to be a short-term issue that will be resolved but just like changes to Chrome that broke Outlook Web App (OWA), it is more than apparent that working with a product outside of your control can be a bit trying at times. More information and pictures of the issue may be found on a blog post released today (the original December CU was released December 11) found at KB3025563.

There is a database upgrade required for the backend databases, none for the CMS (assuming you are up-to-date (i.e. since February 2014)). It is interesting that Microsoft is calling out the sequence with more vigor and I cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure your databases match your CU level or ‘bad things happen.’  We discuss over and over how to check upgrade readiness as well the database upgrade methods so if you are unclear, review previous posts here.

Product

Version

KBs

Download

Lync Server 2013

5.0.8308.857

2809243

MS Download

Additional Notes: 
Lync Server 2010 build number is 4.0.7577.709
Lync 2010 Client build number is 4.0.7577.4446
Lync Server 2013 build number is 5.0.8308.857
Lync 2013 Client build number is 15.0.4667.1001

Lync Group Chat build number is 4.0.7577. 4409
Lync Group Chat Server build number 4.0.7577.4409
Lync Group Chat Admin build number 4.0.7577.4409

Lync Attendee build number is 4.0.7577.4382
Lync Attendant build number is 4.0.7577.4098
Lync Phone Editions build number is 4.0.7577.4455
Lync Phone Edition (Tanjay) build number is 4.0.7577.4451
Lync for Mac 2011 build number is 14.0.10

Lync 2010 for Windows Phone build number 4.3.8120.0
Lync 2010 for iPhone build number 4.7
Lync 2010 for iPad build number 4.7
Lync 2010 for Android build number 4.0.6509.3001

Lync 2013 for Windows Phone build number 5.6.1308.0
Lync 2013 for iPad build number 5.6
Lync 2013 for iPhone build number 5.6
Lync 2013 for Android build number 5.5.3.8919
Lync 2013 for Android tablet build number 5.5.3.8919

Lync Basic 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017
Lync VDI 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017

Microsoft has released Lync 2013 Mobile Updates for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone

Microsoft released updates for the various Lync 2013 mobile clients. The Apple client update addresses the 7.1 iOS bug, Android is just Android, and the Windows Phone client gets a tweak to the interface. Unfortunately all that seems to be updated is the interface as the push notification system is still a requirement for WP only. This push experience delivers a poor IM experience when multi-tasking but again, it is limited to the WP client.

On the Windows Phone 8.1 (currently preview) it has been noted by myself and other MVPs that the contact list does not fully populate after initial login. I personally use UCS, others do not, and experience the same result. The fix?? Simply log out of the app and back in and everything is happy.

Product

Version

Download

Lync 2013 for Windows Phone

5.4.1087.0

MS App Store

Lync 2013 for iPhone

5.4

iTunes

Lync 2013 for iPad

5.4

iTunes

Lync 2013 for Android

5.3.1100

Google Play

Additional Notes: 
Lync Server 2010 build number is 4.0.7577.230
Lync 2010 Client build number is 4.0.7577.4445
Lync Server 2013 build number is 5.0.8308.577
Lync 2013 Client build number is 15.0.4605.1003

Lync Group Chat build number is 4.0.7577. 4409
Lync Group Chat Server build number 4.0.7577.4409
Lync Group Chat Admin build number 4.0.7577.4409

Lync Attendee build number is 4.0.7577.4356
Lync Attendant build number is 4.0.7577.4098
Lync Phone Editions build number is 4.0.7577.4420

Lync 2010 for Windows Phone build number 4.3.8120.0
Lync 2010 for iPhone build number 4.7
Lync 2010 for iPad build number 4.7
Lync 2010 for Android build number 4.0.6509.3001

Lync 2013 for Windows Phone build number 5.4.1087.0
Lync 2013 for iPad build number 5.4
Lync 2013 for iPhone build number 5.4
Lync 2013 for Android build number 5.3.1100

Lync Basic 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017
Lync VDI 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017

Microsoft has released CU April 2014 for Lync Server 2010 and Lync 2010

Microsoft released an update for Lync 2010 last week for both server and the client. The updates are part of the normal quarterly patching cadence and no “new” server features are included – but stability and bug fixes are.

The server patch lists a database update as required. It always states this but as usual you are free to run the Install-CSDatabase command a many times as you want without any issues.

Product

Version

KBs

Download

Lync Server 2010

4.0.7577.230

2493736

MS Download

 

 

 

 

Lync 2010 Client 32-bit

4.0.7577.4445

2953593

MS Download

Lync 2010 Client 64-bit

4.0.7577.4445

2953593

MS Download

Additional Notes: 
Lync Server 2010 build number is 4.0.7577.230
Lync 2010 Client build number is 4.0.7577.4445
Lync Server 2013 build number is 5.0.8308.577
Lync 2013 Client build number is 15.0.4605.1003

Lync Group Chat build number is 4.0.7577. 4409
Lync Group Chat Server build number 4.0.7577.4409
Lync Group Chat Admin build number 4.0.7577.4409

Lync Attendee build number is 4.0.7577.4356
Lync Attendant build number is 4.0.7577.4098
Lync Phone Editions build number is 4.0.7577.4420

Lync 2010 for Windows Phone build number 4.3.8120.0
Lync 2010 for iPhone build number 4.7
Lync 2010 for iPad build number 4.7
Lync 2010 for Android build number 4.0.6509.3001

Lync 2013 for Windows Phone build number 5.4.1087.0
Lync 2013 for iPad build number 5.4
Lync 2013 for iPhone build number 5.4
Lync 2013 for Android build number 5.3.1100

Lync Basic 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017
Lync VDI 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017

Microsoft has released CU April 2014 for Lync 2013

Microsoft has released an update for Lync 2013 yesterday that corrects multiple issues but most notably it improves sharing performance. The actual increases are still to be determined by myself, but I can also note conversation taskbar icons have changed as well. Before I recommend the latest patch I am going to run with it for a short while. J

One interesting note from the KB article is you may or may not see the correct version number post install. Why? Great question but the note states: “After you install this update, the Lync 2013 version may not be displayed correctly as15.0.4605.1003. Instead, it may be displayed as an earlier version, such as15.0.4605.1000.”

There are four pre-requisites for the Lync patch (this has not recently changed) which include MSO (KB2727096), MSORES (KB2817624), IDCRL (KB2817626), and Lynchelp (KB2817678).

Product

Version

KBs

Download

Lync 2013 Client 32-bit

15.0.4605.1003

2880474

MS Download

Lync 2013 Client 64-bit

15.0.4605.1003

2880474

MS Download

Additional Notes: 
Lync Server 2010 build number is 4.0.7577.225
Lync 2010 Client build number is 4.0.7577.4419
Lync Server 2013 build number is 5.0.8308.577
Lync 2013 Client build number is 15.0.4605.1003
Lync Group Chat build number is 4.0.7577. 4409
Lync Group Chat Server build number 4.0.7577.4409
Lync Group Chat Admin build number 4.0.7577.4409
Lync Attendee build number is 4.0.7577.4356
Lync Attendant build number is 4.0.7577.4098
Lync Phone Editions build number is 4.0.7577.4420
Lync 2010 for iPhone build number 4.7
Lync 2010 for iPad build number 4.7
Lync 2010 for Android build number 4.0.6509.3001
Lync 2013 for Windows Phone build number is 5.2.1072.0
Lync 2013 for iPad build number is 5.2
Lync 2013 for iPhone build number is 5.2
Lync 2013 for Android build number 5.1.0000
Lync Basic 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017
Lync VDI 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017

Apple iOS update 7.1 breaks Lync 2013 Voice/Video

It has been discovered that the latest Apple iOS upgrade 7.1 for iPhone, iTouch, and iPad devices breaks current Lync 2013 functionality. Specifically, it has been found that the update creates interoperability issues which causes voice and video to fail when using these devices. Microsoft is aware of the issue as seen in KB2955745 but there is currently no fix or workaround available.

The current solution? Hold off upgrading your Apple devices until a fix is found or you may be without Lync Audio/Video (I say might as Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini do not appear to exhibit the issue).

UPDATE
An update has been released and availabile in the iTunes store and may be foundhere. This update addresses the Apple flaw.

Microsoft has released a March 2014 update for Lync 2013 to address a memory leak

Microsoft has released an update for Lync 2013 that is focused on correcting a single issue – memory leaks during a video call on hardware that has an accelerated H.264 chipset KB2933495. The patch will be offered to all computers via Windows Update and if the situation never applies to you – oh well, just be content to know you are on the latest version of Lync post SP1. There have been issues reported regarding the Gallery View within Lync not working correctly since SP1, but this hotfix does not address that issue. There are two known issues – Persistent Chat file transfers may fail and screen readers may not be able to read the Lync keystrokes.

There are now 4 pre-requisites for the Lync patch which include MSO (KB2727096), MSORES (KB2817624), IDCRL (KB2817626), and Lynchelp (KB2817678).

Product

Version

KBs

Download

Lync 2013 Client 32-bit

15.0.4569.1503

2863908

MS Download

Lync 2013 Client 64-bit

15.0.4569.1503

2863908

MS Download

Additional Notes:
Lync Server 2010 build number is 4.0.7577.225
Lync 2010 Client build number is 4.0.7577.4419
Lync Server 2013 build number is 5.0.8308.577
Lync 2013 Client build number is 15.0.4569.1503
Lync Group Chat build number is 4.0.7577. 4409
Lync Group Chat Server build number 4.0.7577. 4409
Lync Group Chat Admin build number 4.0.7577. 4409
Lync Attendee build number is 4.0.7577.4356
Lync Attendant build number is 4.0.7577.4398
Lync Phone Editions build number is 4.0.7577.4420
Lync 2010 for iPhone build number 4.7
Lync 2010 for iPad build number 4.7
Lync 2010 for Android build number 4.0.6509.3001
Lync 2013 for Windows Phone build number is 5.2.1072.0
Lync 2013 for iPad build number is 5.2
Lync 2013 for iPhone build number is 5.2
Lync 2013 for Android build number 5.1.0000
Lync Basic 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017
Lync VDI 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017

Lync Server Design/Planning and Policies

Microsoft Lync Server 2013 has been designed to be a simple install and it is not unusual that the install is not what the client is looking for. Too often an install happens without ever considering the multitude of polices that exist allowing the client to control the features and configuration of Lync. Sure, the client, conferencing, and external policies are looked at but what about the call park configuration or mobility policy and all the others?

Understandably there is confusion as there are tons of polices, options, and configuration that should be reviewed. It does not mean that the defaults need to be changed just simple they should be reviewed. To assist me in the process I have created an Excel template that lists the common policies I review and (for both client and my sake) the explanations of the options placed into comments. While this is not an exhaustive list, it is a great place to start the discussion with clients and yourself when designing a Lync system. Remember – it is always easier to take away/disable features before the users have it.

Hotfix for Lync 2013 - Presence Corrected

Ever since Microsoft announced spell check within Lync 2013, people (myself included) were excited to finally have access to such a basic feature. However, the new feature came at a cost – the loss of calendar presence integration (oops). Thankfully the Office team has finally provided a patch to correct the loss of basic features and it is available today.

In addition to the presence correction, there are some other updates which can be considered “important” such as presence unknown issues for federated/other pool members in your contact list, duplicate phone number problems, and Windows 7 login issues (among others). The complete list of fixes may be found in the support article listed below.

In addition to the bugs that have been feature some new features were added. Most notably the local recording resolution may now be set to 480p, 720p HD, or 1080p Full HD. Since the client is recording the video it stands to reason the client has to be able to receive the video feed at this format – keep that in mind when you think you want a 1080p recording on your wireless laptop.

 

In a move to align the communications style application to application the pictures of the participants (assuming you have a picture) into the IM window. Debatable if good or bad – regardless, the feature cannot be disabled. Speaking of pictures, the ability to use a picture hosted on a website is back as well. The option is still controlled by the admin on the client policy but as seen here – the feature is an option.

 

Product

Version

KBs

Download

Lync 2013 Client 32-bit

15.0.4551.1005

2825630

MS Download

Lync 2013 Client 64-bit

15.0.4551.1005

2825630

MS Download

Additional Notes:
Lync Server 2010 build number is 4.0.7577.223
Lync 2010 Client build number is 4.0.7577.4409
Lync Server 2013 build number is 5.0.8308.556
Lync 2013 Client build number is 15.0.4551.1005
Lync Group Chat build number is 4.0.7577. 4409
Lync Group Chat Server build number 4.0.7577. 4409
Lync Group Chat Admin build number 4.0.7577. 4409
Lync Attendee build number is 4.0.7577.4356
Lync Attendant build number is 4.0.7577.4098
Lync Phone Editions build number is 4.0.7577.4414 (except CX700)
Lync Phone Edition CX700 build number 4.0.5755.4411
Lync 2010 for iPhone build number 4.7
Lync 2010 for iPad build number 4.7
Lync 2010 for Android build number 4.0.6509.3001
Lync 2013 for Windows Phone build number is 5.2.1072.0
Lync 2013 for iPad build number is 5.2
Lync 2013 for iPhone build number is 5.2
Lync 2013 for Android build number 5.1.0000
Lync Basic 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017
Lync VDI 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017

September 2013 Microsoft Lync Update Presence Gotcha

So while I recently wrote on how wonderful the spell check update in Lync 2013is, there is a gotcha. By gotcha I mean bug. Once the update is applied, Outlook calendar presence is no longer synchronized 100% between your Lync client and Outlook. The Microsoft KB article released today (KB2883716) states:

If the meeting cannot be joined by using Lync 2010 or Lync 2013, your presence status isn't updated in Lync 2013 when the meeting starts.

If the meeting is a Lync 2010 or Lync 2013 meeting, your presence status isn’t updated in Lync 2013 until you join the meeting manually.

That’s right, meeting information is broken (you always look available) and OOF is not synchronized either. An update will be resolved with an update at some point so really it comes down to spell check versus correct presence state. Hopefully something will be released soon (and I would suspect it will be) to address this issue.