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Installing Lync 2010

Q. How do I install Lync 2010 software?

Please follow the link to request the software to be installed on your machine.  When asked for the cost center code please enter 1111.  Once requested it will be provided in around 48hours.  Please

After your account is moved, install the client, update your meetings, and learn about Lync.

To start using Lync after migration to Lync Server 2010

  1. Install Lync. To install Lync, click Start, click All Programs, and then click Advertised Programs and run the Lync Install Package.
  1. Update Your Meetings. If you are new to Lync, you should delete any existing Microsoft Office Live Meeting conferences that you scheduled from your Microsoft Outlook Calendar and then reschedule them using the new online meeting conferencing feature. This feature simplifies the meeting join experience, ensures you have access to all the new functionality, and provides you with the complete Lync experience.

Note If you do not want to reschedule existing Office Live Meeting conferences, they will continue to work as long as you are running Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 version 8.0.6362.149 or later and the conferences were scheduled after March 1, 2010. As a Lync participant, you will join the Live Meeting conference by using Lync, rather than through the Live Meeting console.

    Q. How do I report issues or give feedback?

    Please review the Support Page that can be found here

    Setting Up Devices

    Q. How do I set up my audio and video devices?

    Configuring audio and video devices in Microsoft Lync 2010 is easier than ever before. First, make sure you are using an approved audio or video device from the approved list found here.  To get started, follow the instructions provided with the device. Be sure to plug your device in to a USB port on your computer (we recommend bypassing docking stations). Allow a minute to automatically install any required drivers.

    To check audio quality

    1. In the Lync main window, click the audio device menu in the lower left corner, and then click Audio Device Settings.
    2. Under Audio Device, in the Select the device you want to use for audio calls list, select your USB device.
    3. Under Customize your device, next to both Speaker and Ringer, click the green play button, and make sure you hear a sound. Then speak into your USB device, and make sure the Microphoneindicator bar shows activity.
    4. Click Check Call Quality to test your audio quality.

    To check video quality

    1. In the Lync main window, click the Options button in the upper right corner, and then click Video Device.
    2. Under Video Device, in the Select the webcam you want to use for video calls list, select your webcam.
    3. Verify that your video shows correctly.
    4. Click OK.

    Q. How do I select which USB device to use as my primary device?

    Lync 2010 allows you to easily select which device you want to use as your primary device. You no longer have to wonder which device an incoming call will go to. The primary device you select in Lync will be the same device for meetings and conference calls.

    To select your primary audio device

    1. Make sure you are using an approved audio device, and connect it to a USB port on your computer. For best results, do not connect the device to a docking station.
    2. In the Lync main window, click the audio device menu in the lower left corner.
    3. From the device menu, select the device that you want to set as your primary device.

    Q. How do I switch between USB devices?

    Lync allows you to quickly switch to a different USB audio device during a call.

    To change the audio device for a call

    1. In the conversation window, click the Change the audio device for this call icon.
    2. From the list of connected USB devices, select the device that you want to switch to.

    Your call audio is automatically transferred to the device you selected without interrupting the call.

    Managing Contacts

    Q. What is the Frequent Contacts group in my Lync 2010 Contacts list?

    The Frequent Contacts group in your Microsoft Lync 2010 Contacts list is automatically populated with your manager and direct reports by default. It also includes the people that you have interacted with recently, so you can quickly find them. The people shown in this group change as the people you contact change and based on your communication patterns. You cannot modify this list, but you can pin contacts to the top of the list (for details, see the next question).

    Q. Can I designate people in my Contacts list as important or favorites?

    Yes, you can pin contacts to your Frequent Contacts group in your Contacts list. Pinned contacts appear above the dotted line in your Frequent Contacts group and remain there until you choose to unpin (remove) them.

    To pin a contact to Frequent Contacts

    1. In the Lync main window, right-click a contact.
    2. In the menu, click Pin to Frequent Contacts.

    Note To remove someone from your Frequent Contacts group, right-click the contact, and then click Unpin from Frequent Contacts. Unpinning does not delete the person from your Contacts list. It only removes them from the pinned area in Frequent Contacts.

    Q. How do I create a new group in my Contacts List?

    To create a new contact group, in the Lync main window, right-click the title bar of an existing group, click Create New Group, and then type a name for your new group.

    Q. How do I check my conversation history in Lync 2010?

    You can view your conversation history in the Lync main window by clicking the Conversations icon.

    Q. What is the Activity Feeds section in Lync 2010 used for?

    The Activity Feeds icon in the Lync main window displays out-of-office messages and any custom notes that your contacts add to their Lync 2010 profile.

    Using Lync 2010 as a Phone

    Q. How do I set up and check my voice mail from Lync 2010?

    The Phone view in the Lync main window allows you to set up and modify your voice mail settings. It also allows you to listen to your voice mail messages and immediately return the call if you choose.

    To listen to and manage voice mail

    1. In the Lync main window, click the Phone icon.
    2. Do any of the following:
    • To return the call, click the Call button next to the message.
    • To configure voice mail settings, click the voice mail options button, and then click Set Up Voice Mail.  (VoiceMail is currently not supported but please leave feedback on whether you would like such a feature enabled at lyncfeedback@madeup.com

    Q. How do I place a call to an external phone number by using Lync 2010?

    Microsoft Lync 2010 users can use Lync 2010 to call other Lync users. However, to place a call to an external phone number, you must be enabled for Enterprise Voice at a site that’s enabled for Enterprise Voice.

    To make a call to an external number

    • In the Lync main window, do one of the following:
      • In the search box, type the external phone number with area code, click the phone number in the search results, and then click Call.
      • Click the Phone icon, and then, on the dial pad, click the numbers of the external phone number, starting with the area code.

    Q. How do I configure incoming calls to ring on my computer speakers when I have a USB device connected?

    Lync allows you to have incoming calls ring on both your USB audio device and your Windows default playback device. To configure your calls to ring on computer speakers and still have your call audio route through your USB audio device, complete the following steps.

    To have incoming calls ring on your computer

    1. In the Lync main window, click Tools, and then click Audio Device Settings.
    2. In the Lync – Options dialog box, click Ringtones and Sounds, and then click the Sound Settings button.
    3. In the Sound dialog box, click the Playback tab.
    4. On the Playback tab, right-click Speakers, and then click Set as Default Device.
    5. Right-click your USB audio device, and then click Set as Default Communication Device.
    6. Click OK.
    7. In the Lync – Options dialog box, click Audio Device.
    8. Under Audio Device, in the Select the device you want to use for audio calls list, verify that your USB audio device appears.
    9. Under Secondary ringer, select the Also ring check box, and then select Speakers from the drop-down list.

    10.  Click OK.

    Q. Can I merge calls in Lync 2010?

    While Lync does not have a specific option to Transfer With Consult, which was available in Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2, it does allow you to merge two separate calls.

    To merge two separate calls

    1. Place the first call on hold.
    2. Place a second call to a third person and tell that person you will be transferring him or her to someone else.
    3. In the second call window, click the Transfer button.
    4. In the Transfer menu, click Current Conversations, and then click the first call in the Conversations list.

    Using Lync 2010 with Office Outlook

    Q. Lync 2010 added contacts to the default Contacts folder in Outlook. How do I resolve problems caused by this?

    By default, Microsoft Lync 2010 adds Lync 2010 contacts to the Microsoft Outlook default Contacts folder. If this creates duplicate contacts in Outlook or interferes with any rules you have set up based on information in your Outlook Contacts folder, you can resolve this issue by turning off the synchronization feature and deleting any duplicate contacts.

    To turn off the contacts synchronization feature

    1. In the Lync main window, click the Options button in the upper-right corner.
    2. In the Lync – Options dialog box, click Personal.
    3. Clear the Save my Lync contacts in my personal contacts folder on the Exchange server check box.

    Note You must manually delete the duplicate contacts from Outlook, but after doing so, they will not be added to your Outlook Contacts folder again. For details about how to delete duplicate contacts, see the next question.

    Q. How do I delete duplicate contacts that Lync 2010 added to my Outlook Contacts?

    By default, Lync adds contacts to the Outlook contacts default folder, but you can disable this synchronization feature as described in the previous question. After you disable the feature, delete the duplicate contacts from your Outlook Contacts view.

    Note Unless you disable the synchronization feature before completing these steps, Lync will add contacts to Outlook again later.

    To delete duplicate contacts in Outlook

    1. In Outlook, in the left pane, click Contacts.
    2. In the Current View section of the Office ribbon, click the Phone icon.
    3. Right-click the column headers, and then click View Settings.
    4. Click the Columns button.
    5. In the Available Columns pane, click Modified, and then click Add.
    6. Click OK.
    7. Click the Modified column header to sort by ascending or descending order (so you can group the contacts to delete).
    8. Click the first contact that you want to delete.
    9. Scroll down to the last contact you want to delete.

    10.  Press Shift, and then click the last contact you want to delete (to select them all).

    11.  Press Delete.

    Q. Why does searching in Lync 2010 return multiple duplicate results?

    When using the search feature in Lync, the results are retrieved from the Global Address List (GAL) as well as your Outlook Contacts folder. Because Lync adds contacts to your Outlook Contacts folder, this causes search to return multiple duplicate results for the same person: one result from the GAL and one from Outlook.

    To turn off the contacts synchronization feature

    1. In the Lync main window, click the Options button in the upper-right corner.
    2. In the Lync – Options dialog box, click Personal.
    3. Clear the Save my Lync contacts in my personal contacts folder on the Exchange server check box.

    Note You must manually delete the duplicate contacts from Outlook, but after doing so, they will not be added to your Outlook Contacts folder again. For details about how to delete duplicate contacts, see the previous question.

    Scheduling Meetings

    Q. I heard I need to reschedule my Live Meeting conferences now that I’m on Lync 2010. Is that true?

    Now that you are using Microsoft Lync 2010, the join experience for your meetings that were scheduled with Microsoft Office Live Meeting will be different. Existing Office Live Meeting conferences will continue to work, but there are a couple of extra steps to connect to them.

    To manage Live Meeting conferences after installing Lync 2010

    1. Delete any existing Live Meeting conferences that you scheduled from your Microsoft Outlook calendar, and reschedule them by using the Lync 2010 online meeting feature. This feature simplifies the meeting join experience, ensures you will have access to all the new functionality, and allows you to experience the complete Lync experience.

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    If you do not want to reschedule your existing Live Meeting conferences, they will continue to work as long as you are running Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 version 8.0.6362.149 or later and your meeting was scheduled after March 1, 2010. As a Lync participant, you will join the Live Meeting conference by using Lync, rather than through the Live Meeting console.

    1. Help your participants understand changes. Include the following text in your new online meeting requests and in any Live Meeting meeting requests that you plan to keep:

    For new Lync online meetings:

    Hi, this is a new Lync 2010 online meeting! Please click the “First online meeting?” link at the bottom of this meeting request to install the attendee software, Lync 2010 Attendee, prior to our meeting. This should take only a few minutes, and it needs to be done only once. Please review this FAQ here, so you will know what to expect when you join my meeting. Read more about Lync 2010 here. Thank you!

    For existing Live Meeting conferences:

    Hi, I have just scheduled this meeting with Lync 2010, and joining this online meeting will be a different experience for you. For the best experience, please install the attendee software, Lync 2010 Attendee, prior to our meeting. This should take only a few minutes, and it needs to be done only once. Please review this FAQ here, so you will know what to expect when you join my meeting. Read more about Lync 2010 here here. Thank you!

    Q. I’m joining a Live Meeting after the organizer has moved to Lync 2010. What do I need to do?

    1. Click the Join the Meeting link in the Live Meeting meeting request.
    2. In the Live Meeting dialog box, type your name, and then click Join.
    3. In the Server not compatible dialog box, click OK.
    4. In the resulting dialog box, click Allow.
    5. In the next resulting dialog box, click Allow. You are joined to the new meeting experience with Lync.

    Q. How do I schedule an online meeting?

    The easiest way to schedule an online meeting is in Outlook.

    To schedule a Lync meeting from Outlook

    1. Open your Outlook Calendar.
    2. Create a new meeting request for the date and time that you want.
    3. On the meeting request ribbon, click the online meeting option.

    This step populates the body of the meeting request with the information you are familiar with: a link for joining the meeting online and dial-in information for participants who want to join by phone.

    Inviting People to Meetings

    Q. Can someone who is not using Lync 2010 join my Lync 2010 meeting?

    Yes, people outside of your organization and people not using Microsoft Lync 2010 can join online meetings scheduled with Lync 2010. When non-Lync participants click the link in your meeting request to join the meeting, they see a webpage with links for the following two join methods: <Please verify this information for your organization.>

    Note If the participant has already installed Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendee, they will be automatically connected to your meeting and will not see the following screen options.

    • Join the meeting using your web browser: Selecting this option will allow participants to join your meeting by using Microsoft Lync Web App. They will be connected through the Internet and will not be asked to install any software. After Lync Web App opens, your participants will have the option to join as a guest (unauthenticated) or enter their network credentials (authenticated). After they connect to the meeting, they will need to dial in to the audio portion of the meeting by using the phone number and meeting ID provided in the meeting request.
    • Download and install Lync Attendee: Selecting this option will install Lync 2010 Attendee on your participant’s machine. It will take a few minutes for the software to install, but they will need to do this only once. After Lync 2010 Attendee is installed, the participant will be immediately connected to any of your meetings when they click the link in your meeting request.

    Important External participants must select the Lync 2010 Attendee option to join your meeting.

    Q. What do other people see when they join my online meeting?

    The meeting experience varies depending on whether your participants are running Lync, Office Communicator 2007 R2, Lync 2010 Attendee, or Lync Web App.

    Users running Communicator 2007 R2 who want to experience all the available Lync features (polling, whiteboards, and so on) should install Lync 2010 Attendee. Participants running Communicator 2007 R2 who join an online meeting without installing Lync 2010 Attendee will:

    • See shared desktops and programs and be able to request control.
    • Not see whiteboards, polls, shared attachments, or uploaded Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.
    • Join the meeting unmuted.

    Q. How do I change the default phone number in the meeting request I send out?

    To change the default dial-in phone number displayed in the body of your Lync meeting requests, do the following.

    To update the default dial-in phone number

    1. Open a new online meeting request in your Outlook calendar.
    2. On the meeting ribbon, click the Meeting Options button.
    3. In the Online Meeting Options dialog box, click Customize access and presenters for this meeting.
    4. In the Lync – Options dialog box, click Audio and Phone.
    5. In the Location most people will dial in from list, select the appropriate location.
    6. Click OK to save your changes. Your meeting request will update automatically.

    Managing Meetings

    Q. What are the touch-tone controls for dial-in conferencing?

    The following touch-tone controls are available for dial-in conferences and online meetings when you dial in from a standard phone, rather than connecting by using Microsoft Lync 2010. These controls can also be found at the bottom of the Dial-in Conferencing Settings and PIN Management page.

    Table 1. In-meeting touch tone controls

    Control Feature
    *6 Mute or unmute your microphone
    *4 Mute all other participants
    *7 Lock or unlock the meeting
    *9 Enable or disable announcements for participants entering and exiting the conference
    *3 Privately play the name of each participant in the meeting
    *1 Play a description of the available DTMF commands
    *8 Admit all participants currently in the lobby to the meeting

    The controls in the preceding table may differ based on the configuration of the meeting organizer’s site. To ensure accuracy, please click the Find a local number link in the meeting request for your meeting.

    Q. Why is the option to record missing in Lync 2010 meetings?

    This feature is currently disabled, if you would like the feature to be enabled please send feedback to feedback@madeup.com

    Q. Which phone number should I use to dial into an online meeting?

    The best method for connecting to an online meeting is to use Lync with an approved audio device. If you have to dial in manually, we recommend that you use the local dial-in numbers when possible.

    What happened to…?

    Q. Where did the call forwarding settings go?

    The Call Forwarding Settings button is located in the lower-left corner of the Lync main window. This button allows you to quickly configure call forwarding or simultaneous ring settings.

    You can also use the Call Forwarding Settings button to open the Call Forwarding Settings dialog box to access additional settings.

    Q. What happened to the Transfer with Consult option?

    Lync 2010 does not have the Transfer With Consult option that was previously available in Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2. Instead, Lync allows you to merge two separate calls together.

    To transfer two separate calls

    1. Place the first call on hold.
    2. Place a second call to a third person and that person you will be transferring him or her to someone else.
    3. In the second call window, click the Transfer button.
    4. In the Transfer menu, click Current Conversations, and then click the first call in the Conversations list.

     

     
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