July 2011 update

July updates for Lync released

Product KB Download
Product Link Link
Lync 2010 (64bit) 2571543 MS download
Lync 2010 (32bit) 2571543 MS download
Lync Server 2010  2493736 MS download
Lync 2010 Group Chat Server 2571550 MS download
Product KB Download
Product Link External
Lync 2010 Phone Edition (Tanjay) 2577593 MS download
Lync 2010 Phone Edition (Aries-Aastra) 2577595 MS download
Lync 2010 Phone Edition (Aries-Polycom) 2577594 MS download

Updated Resource Kit Chapters release

Updated resource kit chapters have been released by Microsoft. They are available at the download centre

Lync Server Management Pack information

A very useful resource of information on the SCOM management pack for Lync Server 2010 is available on MP Wiki.

Lync tools and apps released

Microsoft have released a number of tool and app add-ons for Lync Server. Among the tools is the 'IM and Expert', 'Conversation Translator' and 'Tabbed Conversation'. The tools amongst others are available on the Lync Adoption and Training kit site.

Microsoft IT Environemnt Health Scanner

An interesting download available from Microsoft is the IT Environment Health Scanner.

It is a very useful tool to run in an enterprise before you start a Lync installation. It is a concern that the installation of Lync, with it's dependency on a functioning AD, DNS and CA and the changes made to the AD Schema as part of the installation will throw up pre-existing issues that will either affect the deployment of Lync or worse will occur after the deployment and the blame and responsibility for fixing any issues will be put on Lync and the Lync engineer. It is a wise move to check the existing IT environment before starting the deployment and showing the results to the customer.

Windows PKI

Although not strictly related to Lync, this post on WinDoh blog is a very interesting discussion of Certificate Revocation Lists in a Windows CA environment.