February 18 2011

Lync 2010 Conversation Translator

There is a simple and great extension of the Lync 2010 client that can allow you to have a real-time conversation with someone in a completely different language.

For example, just by adding a few registry entries, you can have an entire Lync conversation with someone who doesn’t speak English and Lync will do the language translation back and forth.

There is more information here but basically you just need to add the following current user registry entries and a new window is added to the Lync client.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftCommunicatorContextPackages{54C2C31A-A291-4DFA-825A-18994EBE9877}]

"Name"="Conversation Translator"

"ExtensibilityApplicationType"=dword:00000000

"ExtensibilityWindowSize"=dword:00000001

"DefaultContextPackage"=dword:00000000

"InternalURL"="http://input.microsoft.com/translator/OCTranslatorTestPage.html"

"ExternalURL"="http://input.microsoft.com/translator/OCTranslatorTestPage.html"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet SettingsZoneMapDomainsmicrosoft.cominput]

"http"=dword:00000002

Fantastic add-on!!
 
 

December 31 2010

Adding photos in Lync 2010

There are a number of ways for users to have photos in Lync 2010 but my preference is to store them in Active Directory because they can then be reused by Sharepoint, Exchange / Outlook and other applications.

This is a quick post about the easiest and cheapest way I have found to do this. I’m assuming that you already have your user photos.

Firstly, obtain and install Picture Resizer from here. I used the following options “-o -f96x96 -q100”. This meant that I can easily right-click on a user photo and have it resized to 96 x 96 while maintaining photo quality. This still results in image size reduction, which we are aiming to have well under 30KB to avoid bloating the AD database.


Right-click resize to 96 x 96
Right-click resize to 96 x 96


Next, install a piece of software by a guy named OliD that extends the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC with two tabs on the user properties page – from here. Read the installation instructions can be found in the .zip file.

Once installed you will have a Photo tab in ADUC. Select your newly resized photos and add them to to the thumbnail section.


Photo tab
Photo tab


More useful info here and here.
 
 

December 15 2010

Find out how many users are connected in Lync Server 2010

In OCS it was really simple to see how many OCS clients / users were connected to the pool and the version numbers of each client as well as the total number of enabled users.

To get the number of clients connected in Lync 2010, you need to do it via performance counters on the SQL server. Look at the SQLServer:User Settable performance counters for the backend SQL instance and add ‘user counter 1’ – this has the number of currently connected users.

To find the total number of Lync enabled users, use the “Get-CsUser -Filter {Enabled -eq $true} | Measure” Powershell cmdlet.

This seems to be another one of those things that was so easy in OCS but seems so much more difficult in Lync.