MS15-104 Security update breaks Lync Server 2013 web services

Microsoft released a KB article describing issues with the Web Components Server on Lync Server 2013 after installing the latest security update.
It affects the following:

•Users can’t sign in to your dial-in page.
•Lync Mobile clients can’t sign in.
•External clients can’t sign in.
•Address book web queries fail.
•Users are prompted for credentials for some web services after they sign in internally to Lync desktop clients.

To resolve this problem, uninstall security update 3080353, install the July 2015 cumulative update, and then reinstall security update 3080353.

Source and additional information: Microsoft.

Advertisements

September 2015 Update for Skype for Business Server 2015

Following the release of the MS15-104 security update, Microsoft released the first CU for Skype for Business Server 2015, as described in KB3061064.

The CU includes the following patches:

  • KB 3090687 September 2015 update for Skype for Business Server 2015, Core Components
  • KB 3080355 MS15-104: Description of the security update for Skype for Business Server 2015 (Web Components Server): September 8, 2015
  • KB 3080352 MS15-104: Description of the security update for Skype for Business Server 2015 (Enterprise Web App): September 8, 2015
  • KB 3063353 June 2015 cumulative update 6.0.9319.55 for Skype for Business Server 2015 and Unified Communications Managed API 5.0 Runtime
  • KB 3063352 June 2015 cumulative update 6.0.9319.55 for Skype for Business Server 2015, Response Group Service
  • KB 3061059 June 2015 cumulative update 6.0.9319.55 for Skype for Business Server 2015 (Front End server and Edge server)

The link to the CU installer and some of the updates is currently broken but the download is available here.

What did the July 2015 update for Lync 2013 and Skype for Business fix?

 

  • CPU usage is reduced when emoticon animations are active in multiple conversations in Skype for Business or Lync 2013:
    Occurs when you send or receive emoticon animations. The emoticons keep animating, and that overuses CPU resources.
    KB3076504
  • Add the click-to-call feature for RCC-enabled users from the contact card in Skype for Business or Lync 2013:
    If you enabled remote call control (RCC) for an account in Microsoft Lync 2013 or in Microsoft Outlook 2013,  the phone number hyperlink of the contact is not clickable.
    KB3072751
  • Active Directory contact’s name is changed to the phone number in the contact list of Skype for Business or Lync 2013:
    Occurs when a contact has no email or SIP address and only has a display name and a phone number in Active Directory.
    KB3072753
  • Typed characters take a long time to display in the message input box in Skype for Business or Lync 2013:
    Might occur on a computer that has more than 15 conversations opened in Microsoft Lync 2013.
    KB3072752
  • Chinese Contact Group name is displayed in garbled characters in Skype for Business or Lync 2013 (How can you tell?!?!?):
    Occurs on various scenarios involving Exchange Server.
    KB3072755
  • An update to the user interface for group contact counts in contact lists in Skype for Business or Lync 2013:
    This update simplifies contact lists view to only display the total number of contacts in a group instead of the online/total number in Microsoft Lync 2013.
    KB3072754

 

Windows 8.1 Lync App – March 2014 update

Microsoft announced the release of the March 2014 Lync App update.

This update brings some cool new features, but I had to force the update through the Windows Store. Eventually, it showed up:

Screenshot (47)

Once installed, the first thing you can see is the change in the log-in screen. Guest log-in is now below the user log-in:

Screenshot (48)

Once logged in, Lync will tell you it was updated:

UPdates

The first change you see is the big “Meet Now” button on the left:

Meet Now

As soon as you touch it – it launches a new meeting. Unfortunately, you can’t see the meeting entry info like you do with the Desktop client, but you now have the option to invite people using the people menu:

Screenshot (54)

Control over participants is easier and useful:

Screenshot (55)

One more nice thing is that now you have all the controls at the bottom of the screen:

Screenshot (51)

Additional changes:

  • Send a private IM to a participant
  • View contact cards
  • Demote a presenter to an attendee
  • Promote an attendee to a presenter
  • Invite new participants
  • Mute a single participant
  • Mute all audience
  • Remove a participant from the meeting
  • Admit people waiting in the lobby

Read more here and here.