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May 22

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Lync Online to Lync On-premise

Up till May 12th the following scenario was always a challenge. I’ll try to explain the scenario..

Organisation A started with Lync Online because they wanted to use Lync tomorrow and might perhaps look into the telephony services Lync can offer. Up till now, Office365 does not offer telephony services.

After a period of time, the organization wants to implement the telephony services for a subset of the user.

Up till May 12th, the following procedure was required to do:

  1. Deploy the Lync Server 2013 environment within your Datacenter (or a hosted location);

    Include at least one Lync Edge Server as this is required;

  2. For all Lync users, they had to be disabled for Lync Online functionality (by script: https://community.office365.com/en-us/w/manage/2603.aspx#DLync or using the Control panel on https://portal.microsoftonline.com);
  3. When they are disabled Online, you would go to your On-premise environment, enable all the users for the On-premise environment using either Powershell (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398711.aspx) or Lync Control Panel (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg520961.aspx)
  4. Once enabled, you needed to move the Lync users to Online (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj204969.aspx).

Big downside of this scenario is that all users got a clean and empty buddy list and needed to start over…

Luckely, it finally got updated on May 12th,, as documented here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj204967.aspx

So the scenario for Organisation A would now be:

  1. Deploy the Lync Server 2013 environment within your Datacenter (or a hosted location);

    Include at least one Lync Edge Server as this is required;

  2. For all Lync users that will use telephony services and require to be moved to On-premise, move them using Remote Powershell. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj204967.aspx

Remark: You need to tell your users that they need to reschedule their Lync meetings

Way to go Microsoft!

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