Monday, March 4, 2013

Lync 2013 February 2013 Cumulative Update 1

In February of 2013 updates to the Lync server, database and client were released.

LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe will update your server software.

Unfortunately Get-CsServerVersion only returns the base version level, so it would show "Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (5.0.8308.0)" even after the upgrade. Simply run the LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe again if you would like to see the current version numbers of the software running on your server. Alternatively use "Programs & Features" from the Control Panel, or alternatively use the command

Get-WmiObject –query ‘select * from win32_product’ | where {$ –like “Microsoft Lync Server*”} | ft Name, Version –AutoSize

After the upgrade you should see many of the components at version level 5.0.8308.291.

Besides bug fixes this Lync 2013 server update contains some quite interesting changes such as:
Please see the updated Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Documentation Help File for additional info on the Location-Based Routing functionality and the Group Call Pickup feature.

Lync 2013 database update

Do not forget to update the database after the installation!
After you install the update for the Core Components server role on a Lync Server 2013 Standard Edition server, the updated SQL databases on the
server are dropped. To apply the database changes, run the following cmdlet.

Install-CsDatabase -ConfiguredDatabases -SqlServerFqdn -Verbose -Update

and do not forget the -Update switch either!

Lync 2013 Client

Since the client is a part of Office 2013 two updates are needed - one for Office components and one for the actual Lync client software. Your client will go from version 15.0.4420.1017 to 15.0.4454.1506 if you check in Help / About, before and after the update.

This client update also contains some interesting changes such as: 
  • A new dynamic "Away and Offline Contacts" group
    Found under Contact List,
    "Show contacts with away, offline and unknown presences in a separate group"

  • Receive contact invites from untrusted networks (available under Alerts in Lync Options)
  • Default client for meetings - The Lync 2013 desktop client or the Lync app from the Windows App Store. 

  • Dial out from an online meeting even if the meeting is scheduled by a non-audio-enabled (non-Enterprise-Voice-enabled?) Lync user.
  • Improvements for devices that have both a front-facing and rear-facing camera.

Also some additional nice things were released for Lync 2013 in February.
Lync 2013 Resource Kit
Lync 2013 Planning Tool