Lync 2013 / SfB 2015 Client Update – January 2019

Happy new year! I wonder what 2019 has in store for us?

It’s been 6 or so weeks since our last update to the client, and this update brings just the one fix. Kb 4461557 takes the Office 2013-based client from 15.0.5085.1000 to 15.0.5101.1000 (although it’s reported in the kb as 15.0.5101.1002).

What’s Fixed

This update fixes the following issue:

What’s New / Changed

Nothing documented.

Known Issues

Nothing documented.

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Tip: Microsoft Teams “WhoAmI”?

I’m not too proud to admit that I’m frequently plagued by identity crises. As a consultant I spend my days signing into and out of many different deployments of SfB and Microsoft Teams, and I *regularly* lose track of which system I’m in.

With Windows it’s easy: you just ask a CMD or PowerShell prompt “whoami” and it tells you.

With Skype for Business it’s pretty simple too: just click on your picture (a shortcut to the setup/Options menu) and then on the General tab all is revealed.

It’s there in Teams, but not where you think:

  • It’s not in the settings under your picture.
  • There’s no point asking “/whoami” in the command bar. At best you’ll get the details of everyone called “ami” in your Active Directory.

The trick is to hover or click on your own icon/photo in any post you’ve made to a channel. Your contact card will show, revealing (at the very least) the address you used to sign in:

Teams-HereIAm

Teams-HereIAmAgain

It even works when you’re a guest:

Teams-HereIAm-guest

This works in the stand-alone Windows client, the browser and even the mobile client.

Thanks to fellow MVP @Loryan for pointing this one out.

 

– G.

Test-EdgeConnectivity.ps1

The larger and more complex your on-prem SfB installation is, the greater the likelihood of encountering firewall problems.

If you run this script on your Front-End server(s) it will:

  • query the topology to find all of the Edge servers. (Add the “-site” switch to only retrieve those in a given topology site)
  • initiate a TCP probe to all of them on all the ports that should be open: 443, 4443, 5061, 5062, 8057 & 50001
  • executes a TURN test to UDP 3478. (Thank you Frank Carius @msxfaq for this code)
  • output the results to screen
  • output the results to the pipeline as an object
  • save the results in the log file in csv format

(Yes I’m figuring if 50001 is open, so will 50002 and 50003.)

Test-EdgeConnectivity

Test-EdgeConnectivity-v1.1Example

Download

Download the script from the Technet Gallery site.

Revision History

v1.1 7th April 2019.

  • Added Frank Carius’ UDP3478 test. Thank you Frank!
  • Added ‘-TargetFqdn’ switch to force a test to a single machine – or a list. (Thanks Naimesh!)
  • Added write-progress to the port tests so you can see when it’s stuck on a bad port

v1.0 10th December 2018. This is the initial release.

 

– G.

Lync 2013 / SfB 2015 Client Security Update – November 2018

It’s been a month since our last update to the client and quite some time since we’ve seen a security update. This update brings one fix. Kb 4461487 takes the Office 2013-based client from 15.0.5071.1000 to 15.0.5085.1000.

What’s Fixed

What’s New / Changed

Nothing documented.

Known Issues

Nothing documented.

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Lync 2013 / SfB 2015 Client Update – October 2018

It’s been a month since our last update to the client and our October update brings one fix. Kb 4461446 takes the Office 2013-based client from 15.0.5065|5067.1000 to 15.0.5071.1000.

What’s Fixed

  • Kb 4464953 Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013) freezes when you receive many emoticons

What’s New / Changed

Nothing documented.

Known Issues

Nothing documented.

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A Wi-Fi Polycom VVX

Whilst browsing the UCS 5.8 release notes I couldn’t help but notice the addition of support for Wi-Fi connectivity, added to all phones in the range that possess a USB port (except the VVX1500 apparently). This is delivered via an Obihai USB dongle, the “OBiWiFi5G” – which I was able to pick up for $AUD45 at the Bays Du e. So now we have the makings of a wireless VVX…

VVX500 dongle

Well, it’s only kinda wireless – it’s still tethered to power, and that hardly makes it wireless. I wondered what we could do about that… but I’ll address that in my next post.

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Lync 2013 / SfB 2015 Client Update – September 2018

It’s been a month since our last update to the client and our fresh Spring update [here in the southern hemisphere] brings one fix. Kb4092457 takes the Office 2013-based client from 15.0.5059.1000 to “15.0.5067.1000” (according to the KB).

The client – and get-csconnections – report it as 15.0.5065.1000.

What’s Fixed

  • Kb 4346575 Can’t transfer a team call to a team member by clicking the Transfer button in Skype for Business.

What’s New / Changed

Nothing documented.

Known Issues

Nothing documented.

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