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February 29, 2012

Windows 8 Consumer Preview available!



Microsoft just released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

You can download the Windows 8 CP from here.
Product key:  DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J


There is also a detailed guide about the new and improved features in Windows 8.


  • AppLocker

  • BitLocker

  • Windows to Go

  • Measured Boot

  • Client Hyper-V

You can download the guide from here

As you might notice while downloading, the x64 image is around 3 GB. The Microsoft download servers will have busy times during these days.

Remember back in the old days Windows 95 was just 19MB Smile

February 28, 2012

Apple can’t connect to Youtube behind TMG

I run a TMG 2010 at home as my reverse proxy for Lync and Exchange lab. But internal I had some complains from Apple Iphone / Ipad users including myself I couldn’t stream Youtube Sad smile
Found out that Apple Youtube app doesn’t like the forward proxy in TMG…
But how to resolve it? I know, you want to have a proxy for monitoring, scanning etc. But for me at home and maybe in some office scenario’s this might help to allow iPad and iPhone users to stream their video’s.
In the TMG console in the Web Access group I created a new rule:
Give the new rule a appropriate name and hit next:

February 27, 2012

Call Park in Lync

Let’s talk today about call park and it's functionality.
Have you ever been on the phone and being in a crowded office space? You’d wish you could transfer the call to a meeting room where it is quiet. Couple of questions flashing my mind; What meeting room is available, if I transfer the call who might pick it up?

Or you want to transfer it to a group of other people but you don’t know who is available yet? So you first have to chat around to see who is available and then transfer the call. What if you just could chat to your sales group:
“Huge order in pipe line, pick it up at *801!!” and leave the chat. Open-mouthed smile

Call park offers this functionality. You place the call in the parking lot and there it waits for someone to pick it up with a virtual extension that is assinged to the call.

February 20, 2012

Hard Reset Lync Phone Edition

I was playing around in my lab until suddenly my phone
keeps on rebooting. I don’t know what it was but I had to find out how can I reset this phone??

Lync phone edition you can reset in 2 ways:

1. Hard reset
The Hard Reset lets users delete all user-created data (such as device logs, registry settings, and credentials).

2. Factory reset
The factory reset lets users revert the device back to the last working software version, in the event that the phone is updated to a version that is problematic and causing issues for the users.

February 13, 2012

Lync Web Scheduler


Lync Webscheduler is a web based tool for managing you online meetings. It provides the following features:
  • Scheduling a new online Lync meeting.
  • Listing all existing Lync Server 2010 meetings that the user has organized.
  • Viewing and modifying details of an existing meeting.
  • Deleting an existing meeting.
  • Sending an email invitation to meeting participants by using a configured SMTP mail server.
  • Joining an existing conference.
Compared to the Conferencing Add-In for Microsoft Outlook, Lync Web Scheduler has the following limitations:
  • Lync Web Scheduler does not support scheduling recurring meetings.
  • Lync Web Scheduler lists only meetings that were organized by the user. It does not list all meetings that the user is invited to. Further, meetings created using some other tool will not be editable using Lync Web Scheduler.
  • Lync Web Scheduler is available only in English.
  • Meeting invitations that are generated by Lync Web Scheduler do not look exactly the same as those that are generated by the Conferencing Add-In for Outlook.
  • Lync Web Scheduler doesn’t interact with the calendaring server. Calendar updates happen only via email invitations.

February 09, 2012

The “Red Phone” functionality in Lync


Some few people, usually executives, have in their office a normal desk phone and a “Red Phone”. The red phone has a number only Very Important People know about. What about this functionality in Lync? In Lync we have a option called “Private Line”. This is an additional telephone number you can assign to a person in Lync to facilitate an extra “Private” line. This private line by-passes all team delegates and rings directly to the person assigned with the private number.

How to enable the Private Line feature:

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