Hosted Lync Supportability

If you are thinking about offering Hosted Lync there are multiple options. The recommended way is to use the Lync Hosting Pack, a Microsoft solution for a multi-tenant Lync deployment. Lync Hosting Pack v1 is based on Lync Server 2010, Lync Hosting Pack v2 is based on Lync Server 2013.

Microsoft has released an overview with the features and functionality that are supported (either by Microsoft or by a 3rd party vendor) or not supported in OCS, Lync 2010/2013 On-Premises and Lync Hosting Pack v1 and v2.

One remark: “Not Supported” can mean either “This does not work”, or it can mean “This is not tested by Microsoft, therefore it is not supported”. The latter is often the case and with some tweaking and tuning stuff can be made working with the Lync Hosting Pack.


You can find this overview on the Microsoft Partner site:

Lync Hosting Pack v1 is available via the Microsoft Volume License site and is targeted towards hosting partners only. Lync Hosting Pack v2 is not available yet, but should be in the 2nd of June 2013.

Office Web Apps 2013

An additional application next to Exchange Server 2013 is a new server product called Office Web Apps 2013. The Office Web Apps server can be used to render Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint file types. Other than this the Office Web Apps server is used by Exchange Server 2013 to provide the Web Ready Document Viewing, something that was made available by Exchange Server 2010 natively (although a non-Microsoft engine was used to achieve this).

Installing Office Web Apps 2013

Office Web Apps 2013 can be installed on Windows Server 2012 or on Windows Server 2008 R2, but I prefer the first (due to support lifecycle). If you plan to use the latter make sure that you install the .NET Framework 4.5 and Powershell 3.0, these are installed by default on Windows Server 2012.

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TechEd North America 2013 Sessions

TechEd North America 2013 was held from June 3 – 6, 2013 in New Orleans. It was a great event with lots of great sessions. I was there as well to present two sessions (Get Your Mailbox Moving and Exchange in the Cloud. Afraid of losing your job?) but unfortunately had to leave on the first day due to personal circumstances back home. Kay Sellenrode (MCM Exchange 2007/2010 and MCA) took over these sessions successfully though.

I have made a selection of all Exchange related sessions and some Office 365 sessions where Exchange or Hybrid is involved. Happy viewing!

Day one – Monday June 3

Day two – Tuesday June 4

Day three – Wednesday June 5

Day four – Thursday June 6

For a complete overview (and selection) of all sessions delivered at TechEd North America 2013 please visit the Channel 9 MSDN site at