Byron O. Spurlock

Byron O.
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Byron O. Spurlock is an independent consultant and trainer specializing in unified communications and messaging. He writes a blog about Exchange Server and unified communications.

Articles
Skype for Business Client Side Tracing

At some point during troubleshooting the Skype 2015 client, we might have been asked to recover the client side tracing logs for an administrator.  Or if you are the administrator you might have asked users or other IT personal for this client logs.  Sooner or later, an end user is bound to ask you, “Which log files do I get you?” If there are multiple UCCAPI log files then the question becomes, “Which of UCCAPI log files are you needing, for I see several of them?”  Let’s take a quick look at a few areas of importance regarding those Skype for B

Codecs of Skype for Business Server 2015
Byron Spurlock takes a look at the various different codecs that are involved with S4BS and what scenarios they are used with.
Skype for Business 2015 Conferencing Attendant Application

Through many years of delivering training on Microsoft Unified Communications products such as Office Communication Server (OCS), Lync Server 2010 and 2013 and now Skype Business server 2015.

Skype for Business Server 2015 Pool Paring Scenarios 1
When we talk about changes in the Skype for Business Server 2015, one of the areas that is not new but perhaps is better documented than the previous versions (Lync Server 2013) are the scenarios that are supported and recommendations around pool paring. Byron Spurlock covers some basic pool paring scenarios, including branch office scenarios with SBA’s and SBS’s.
Determining how many front-end servers to deploy in Skype for Business Server 2015
Need to know how many front-end servers you should get ready to run Skype for Business Server 2015? Byron O. Spurlock has an updated guide to plan to handle the capacity needed, even if a server goes down and your other servers have to handle a sudden spike.
Skype for Business Server 2015 and Lync Server 2013
Understanding the Main Types of Federation in Skype and Lync Environments
Find out how Discovered Partner Domain, Allowed Partner Domain, and Allowed Partner Server federation differ from each other.
Lync Server 2013
Lync 2013 Server Draining
Have you ever wondered if you can perform maintenance on your Lync servers without disrupting users? Here's the answer to this commonly asked question.
Skype for Business and Lync 2013 clients
Controlling Who Can Use the Skype for Business Client
The April 2014 Office update includes the new Skype for Business client. By using client policies or editing the registry, you can control who can use it.
Lync Enterprise Voice
Assign Lync Voice Policies to Your Common Area Phones 2
In a Lync Enterprise Voice deployment, you need to protect the phones being used by multiple users or the public.
Lync Server Critical Mode

With all the compliance and regulatory requirements in IT environments today, have you ever wondered how this might affect Microsoft Lync Server?  Environments might be curious to know what Lync has to offer within the space of compliancy.  I can some this up for you in two easy words; “Critical Mode”.  Lync has the ability to allow Administrators to turn enable “critical mode” when Lync Archiving is enabled.   When critical mode is enabled in the Lync environment, this gives administrators the peace of mind that for any reason the backend da

Lync Server 2013
Lync Server 2013 Routing Groups
To understand the effects of routing groups, you need to understand their architecture and how a server failure can affect where user accounts reside.
Lync Server 2013
Back Up and Restore Lync Contacts Using PowerShell 2
If you regularly back up Lync contacts, you can easily restore missing contacts for a user or an entire pool.
Lync Server 2013
Lync Server 2013 SQL Mirroring
Setting up and working with SQL mirroring in Lync isn't difficult. Here's how to configure the mirror, handle routine server maintenance, and deal with node outages.
Comments
Understanding Lync DNS Load Balancing
August 18, 2013

Typical DNS round robin refers to a method of load balancing the results of the DNS query: the first client connection request receives the first record, the second query...

Lync Server 2013: Director Role Options
February 28, 2013
You are correct the director role could be deployed in a resilient manner with two or more servers. In that case if one of the directors goes down for hardware reasons then you...

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