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Lync Edge Server Replication failed FALSE with red cross

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LYNC REPLICATION NOT WORKING

In a Lync Deployment, where we have installed Lync Edge Server, we see the Replication is not healthy. You will notice a red cross or in the Management Shell the Replication is not UpToDate: False.

If actually have telnet to the Edge Servers Port 4443, you realize that the port is open and working.
As well you can test access the service itself:
https://<edgeserver.fqdn>/replicationwebservice

Via this access, you also be able to validate the assigned internal Certificate and the Certificate Chain. If you encounter an error with trusted root certificate, you will end up adding it other Trusted Root Authorities.

Afterwards, you will still encounter the red cross, or false up-to-date status.

This is normal!
The Replication itself is working fine, but your Connectivity to the Edge is limited.
This mean we cannot query the service due to the SECURE CHANNEL limitation.

Solution: Open REGEDIT
navigate to:

HKey_Local_Machine\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProvi…

Lync 2013 Audio Gateway Debug Logging (Ferrari, AudioCodes, Dialogic, NET Quintum)

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I need writing about Debug Logging on several ISDN Audio Gateways.

Please visit this article more frequently, since I will update all common vendors over the time.

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First we need to identity tools we need for Debug Logging:

WireShark for PCAP file analysis: download
properly WireShark can be your Syslog Server too. it is not the best option, but under Capture Options, define a filter: upd port 514 and start your capture on the eth.
Syslog Server: download
Snooper if its Lync Mediation Server related: download (Lync 2013 Debug Tools)


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Ferrari Electronics (Office Master):


updated soon....



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AudioCodes (Mediant):First we need to configure the Syslog Server:
Navigate to Management-> Management Setting-> Syslog Setting.


Setting Value Description  Syslog Server IP Address  e.g. 192.168.1.1  Syslog Server Port  514  Enable Syslog  Enable Enable = acti…

Hide User Last Active Time Stamp (Lync Server 2013 Modification)

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As very often requested or even legally forbidden in certain countries, Administrators seeking for a possible solution removing the user activity time stamp.
Mostly it is misinterpreted and secretly used for user activity monitoring. There Microsoft introduced an update with Lync Server 2010 CU6 and enabled without additional costs a simple and easy way removing this LastActive Attribute from the Users Lync Object.

Note:
After you apply this solution, only newly written/ detected activity time stamps are effected. In other words, if the user object was Lync enabled before has not yet logged into Lync again, the last time stamp is still visible, as you can see in the illustration below.
As well remember, this setting affect all user hosted on the Front-End Server (Pool) and cannot be set to individual users.



Procedure:

1. Create a text file, named Rtcaggregate.exe.configin the Lync Server 2013 Folder, e.g.C:\Program Files\Microsoft Lync Server 2013\Server\Core

2. Add the following configurati…

Lync 2013 Server Prerequisites (per roles and with powershell script)

Lync 2013 Server Software Prerequisites:


Lync 2013 requires several additional software to be installed and has the need of certain roles and features, as well as hotfixes.
Since I'm missing a scripted PowerShell installation, segregated into Lync 2013 roles, I decided writing this detailed Blog, based on Microsoft Technet article and experiences. It shows you all requirements  and prerequisites for each Lync Server Roles and all supported Operating Systems.

Especially with the additional software you need to install, the installation sequence is important, therefor .NET Framework is a prerequisites for PowerShell 3.0 and Identity Foundation

As a common question; Which prerequisites do we have if I need the Administrative tools only. You simply can consider the Administrative Tools as a server role, therefor you need the same prerequisites as listed in the common section for "All Server Roles required".
The other components, e.g. Visual C++ or SQL Tools....

Regarding the Visua…

Deploy Office Web Apps Server 2013 and external publishing

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Office Web Apps Server 2013 is the central component presenting and editing Microsoft Office document with Web services. The Web Apps Server is shared with Lync, Exchange and SharePoint.Version 1.5: 17.12.2014

Web Apps can be installed as standalone system or in a web cluster (Load Balanced).


Prerequisites:
Microsoft Office Web Apps Server was downloadable from the Download Portal. But since 24.Nov.2014 it is from now on only downloadable via the Volume Licensing  Portal and MSDN Subscription. For easy deployment, make sure you download it including Service Pack 1.
(Reference: http://blogs.technet.com/b/office_sustained_engineering/archive/2014/10/22/web-apps-server-removal-from-download-center.aspx)



While it downloads, we can configure the other prerequisites.

Windows Server 2008 R2
If you’re using Windows Server 2008R2, please download Microsoft’s .Net Framework 4.5, download Windows Management Framework 3.0, and download KB2592525, which will allow you to run the applications in a Server …