Earlier this year I looked in some depth at the Beta version of Landis Technologies’ “SEFAUtil Server”.
It’s since hit a formal “GA” milestone, and I’m pleased to see it’s a more stable platform as a result of its lengthy gestation.
If you’re not familiar with Microsoft’s “Secondary Extension Feature Activation Utility” for Lync and Skype for Business – or why there’s a burning need for third-party add-ons like SEFAUtil Server – have a read of the intro from my Installing SEFAUtil Server and pop back here when you’re done.
Continue reading ‘Review: SEFAUtil Server – Enterprise Edition’ »
Our October Security update took us to 15.0.4971.1000 and today Kb 4011255 jumps us up 10 builds to 15.0.4981.1000.
This update fixes the following issues:
- Kb 4051054 Phone number instead of contact name is displayed for an Active Directory contact in Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013)
- Kb 4051055 A contacts group is deleted when renaming the group by using the Delete key in Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013)
- Kb 4051056 Anonymous meeting join fails if the meeting organizer is disabled for federation in Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013)
- Kb 4051057 Can’t join a meeting through Lync Web App after the meeting can’t be joined from the Skype Meeting Add-in in Outlook
Continue reading ‘Lync 2013 / SfB 2015 Client Update – November 2017’ »
The screen-grabs here at greiginsydney.com are these days all captured & refined by TechSmith’s “Snagit” screen-capture utility. Prior to becoming an MVP I relied entirely on the free Windows “Snipping Tool”, but that all changed when TechSmith was kind enough to send me a complimentary copy of Snagit. It quickly became indispensable, and so I purchased a separate copy for my work PC.
Snagit gives me a lot of editing power in a small economical package. I love how what I call the “munching tool” (aka “cut out”) lets me imperceptibly remove white-space, or add tear-marks to show where I’ve removed part of an image for brevity. I can delete text (like an unwanted date-stamp) leaving only the background, blur sensitive details, highlight the important bits, and much more.
Compare an original with the edited version:
New: “Grab Text”
Continue reading ‘Review: TechSmith Snagit 2018’ »
I was working on a Polycom VVX configuration file recently and it took me a while to find where the timezone cities were defined: all I had was a mysterious integer.
I found them in the PDF “3725-49078-018a-uc-software-skype-for-business-deployment-guide-5-6-0.pdf” but for future reference I decided to copy and re-post them here.
From the PDF: “The following two parameters configure a time zone location description for their associated GMT offset”
Here’s one in context (with Sydney showing in this example):
<device device.sntp.gmtOffsetcityID="113" device.sntp.gmtOffsetcityID.set="1" />
Continue reading ‘Polycom VVX & Trio Time Zone Location Description’ »
It’s been a big week for Music On Hold. I’ve found a bug in the Office 2016 client that kills MOH if you mute, and another one again – this time related to the path your Office installed itself into.
The symptoms were simple enough: internally, or for external parties when the Sonus SBC’s own MOH feature was disabled, putting callers on hold resulted in them hearing silence.
I thought this was going to be a simple client policy fix, but nup:
get-csclientpolicy | ft identity,*music* -auto
Continue reading ‘Office 2016 client path prevents SfB MOH playing’ »
I encountered a quirky little bug while chasing a Music On Hold (MOH) problem this week.
It seems that in all current flavours of the Office 2016-based client I can lay my hands on (MSI & C2R), activating Mute will suppress the transmission of MOH from the client. This probably isn’t going to be something most users will encounter, but will be exacerbated if you’re running a util that automatically engages Mute – like removing your wireless headset might do.
Its easily reproducible: with the call on hold, toggling Mute on and off will do the opposite to the music. While you’re muted the far end will hear silence & is at risk of hanging up thinking they’ve been disconnected.
This issue won’t however be apparent to external callers if you’re using a Sonus SBC and its in-built MOH feature: that continues to play to the PSTN caller regardless.
I’ve confirmed it occurs on these releases of client:
- C2R Version 1708, 8431.2094 (Monthly Channel)
- C2R Version 1710, 8713.1000 (Office Insider)
- MSI Version 16.0.4549.1000
14th October 2017: This is the initial post.
This week’s Security Update seems to have touched a few items and of course the Office 2013-based Lync/SfB client is no exception. Our September update took us to 15.0.4963.1000 and today we jump to 15.0.4971.1000.
Kb 4011179: This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Office file. To learn more about these vulnerabilities, see Microsoft Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures CVE-2017-11786.
This security update contains the following improvements and fixes:
- Kb 4042815 Improves the conference experience for active speaker video stream in VDIv2 in Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013)
- Kb 4042811 “The video preview won’t show” error occurs when you start a video call in Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013) in VDIv2
- Kb 4042814 Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013) sign-in fails when the client moves from internal to external Internet connection
- Kb 4042810 Duplicate working numbers for contacts are displayed on the call drop-down menu in Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013)
- Kb 4042812 Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013) doesn’t display who changed the whiteboard content in a meeting
- Kb 4042817 Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013) crashes when the computer resumes from sleep or hibernate mode
- Kb 4042809 A user’s department isn’t displayed on their contact card in Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013)
- Kb 4042813 Can’t automatically log on to Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013) that has the December 6, 2016, update installed
- Kb 4042816 Adds a new Show/Hide My Video button for VDIv2 users to minimize the self-view video in Skype for Business 2015
Continue reading ‘Lync 2013 / SfB 2015 Client Security Update – October 2017’ »
It’s been an exciting week for news and announcements out of Ignite, currently underway in Orlando, Florida.
One particular session of note is the revelation of the “vNext” of Skype for Business Server (herein “SfBS”).
Continue reading ‘SfB On-Premises Server 2019 Announced at Ignite’ »
Sonus is investigating a problem where the SBC 1k/2k & SWe Lite generate bad multi-SAN CSRs. The issue results in the additional SANs being added to the certificate as a single SAN, comma-separated:
Clearly this is a parsing error in the CSR-generating code, but unfortunately a fix isn’t immediately apparent. Separating the SANs with a space or a comma followed by a space – or even a carriage return – still results in bad certs.
Continue reading ‘Sonus SBC 1k/2k generates bad multi-SAN certs’ »
It’s been a month since our last update to the Office 2013-based Lync/SfB client took us to 15.0.4953.1000. Today, a security update takes us to 15.0.4963.1000.
Kb 4011107: This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Office file. To learn more about these vulnerabilities, see Microsoft Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures CVE-2017-8676, Microsoft Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures CVE-2017-8695, and Microsoft Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures CVE-2017-8696.
Two other items are addressed in this update:
- Kb 4039811 Doesn’t display a dialog box to join a meeting through a web browser if Skype for Business 2015 sign-in fails
- Translate some terms in multiple languages to make sure that the meaning is accurate.
What’s New / Changed
Continue reading ‘Lync 2013 / SfB 2015 Client Security Update – September 2017’ »