UAG as a Reverse Proxy for Lync – revisited

Here’s another post in my “revisited” series. This time I am revisiting my previous post about how to use the Forefront UAG as a Reverse Proxy for Lync. At the time I wrote that post (Dec 2012) the Lync server UCWA and Lync 2013 mobile client had not yet been released, and the Modern UI/MX Lync App was not that much applied either. My later experience with these applications have been incompatible with the use of UAG like I described it, and when a colleague contacted me the other day on how to go about using the UAG I decided to do a little follow-up on this.
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Lync Management Shell not working – “a certificate was explicitly revoked”

The other day I ran into a strange issue: When opening Lync Management Shell on one Front End, I was prompted to trust “Microsoft Corporation” as a Trusted issuer. Now, immediately this got me worried, although the certificate details looked legitimate. After some review, I chose the “Run once” option to see what happened next, only to be prompted over and over again. By now I got fed up and hit “Never run”. Bad mistake, as the Management Shell or import-module Lync in Powershell now would not work any more.

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UC Magic Quadrant – Did Gartner get it wrong?

It’s been a month since Gartner’s yearly “evaluation” of the Unified Communications market and the vendors therein.
There have been multiple blog posts (Ståle Hansen, Matt Landis etc), tweets and podcasts (The UC Architects for one) pointing out their disagreements over the Gartner verdict, putting Cisco at the “leading” spot in front of Microsoft.

For those unfamiliar with this yearly “moment of truth” from Gartner, nothing has really changed from last year’s release – only that this year Microsoft had released the Lync 2013 server and client that have really improved from the shortcomings of former versions. So expectations were high that Microsoft would once more reclaim the “throne” of UC, and the disappointment equally present when it wasn’t so.

As a consultant working mainly with Lync myself, I have to admit feeling a little “disappointed”. So how could Gartner get it this wrong? Or did they?

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