#Lync Server Cumulative Update (#CU2) #flowchart available for download

After issuing the Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Updates (CU2) July 2013 installation workflow article, i have been requested to include a bigger copy of the embedded installation flowchart, therefore i have decided to make it available for download  in two flavors pdf and vsdx at this location CU2FlowChart

feel free to update or use this flow chart upon your needs

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Reset Search Index in Microsoft Exchange 2013

If you happen to need to reset the search index for an Microsoft Exchange 2013 mailbox database you would have noticed that the “ResetSearchIndex.ps1” script that used to be present in Exchange 2010 was removed. So this is what you should do to reset the search catalog of an Exchange 2013 mailbox database

  1. Stop-Service HostControllerService (you can simply run this command from powershell or stop the service in the services mmc
  2. go do the folder hosting your mdb file and delete the folder named with a long GUID
  3. Start-Service HostControllerService

That’s about it

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July 2013 Updates for the Lync 2013 Desktop Client New Features Official statement

The July 2013 Lync 2013 Client update introduced some interesting features, but the time the update was released there was no official statement that includes the newly introduced features, however thanks to many people like  Justin Morris and Matt Landis and others that they pined out about  the newly features that are introduced with this update at that time. 2 days ago Microsoft Lync Program Manager II Debbie Arbeeny has release an official statement that explain the newly introduced features with the July 2013 Desktop client updates

You can find the Client updates at this location

Note that Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Updates July 2013 is required to get all the new client features working, for more details about the server side update please refer to my post that i have published earlier in this respect  Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Updates (CU2) July 2013 installation workflow

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Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Updates (CU2) July 2013 installation Workflow

The Second Cumulative update package for Lync Server and client has been released,

It seems like the Server update package improves the reliability, stability and performance of Lync server 2013 Different roles,

Download Location

You can get the download bits at this location , also check the KB article details here KB2809243


installing Lync Server Cumulative updates, is two split on two main processes:

  • Applying updates for various Lync roles/services
  • Applying database updates


  • It is advised to plan installing the Cumulative updates off business/non peak business hours, since services restart is required as part of the installation process
  • The process of Applying the updates for various Lync roles is common for all Lync installations and role combination \

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Microsoft Exchange 2013 AutoReseed -Part 2-

In part I of this tutorial I have introduced a bit of theory behind the new Exchange 2013 feature of AutoReseed, today we will apply this theory in the LAB and see how it behaves.

Lab Setup

For this lab I will be using

  • 2 nodes Exchange 2013 DAG (hosting all roles) running on Windows 2012 datacenter edition. On a side note, even though I am running this LAB on Windows datacenter this is no longer a requirement and a DAG can now run on Windows 2012 standard edition.
  • 2 mailbox databases on the same volume with names DB1 and DB2
  • One spare disk
  • AutoDagVolumesRootFolderPath will be set C:\ExchVol
  • AutoDagDatabasesRootFolderPath will be set C:\ExchDBs
  • AutoDagDatabaseCopiesPerVolume will be set to 2

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Microsoft Exchange 2013 AutoReseed -Part 1-


Exchange 2013 has been out there for a few month and I have been playing around with its High Availability features in a LAB.

One of my favorite new features in Exchange 2013 is its “Automatic Reseed capability”; at first sight AutoReseed might not look like a big deal for the RAID advocates but, in my opinion, it can really be a life savior.

Let start by understanding what does AutoReseed do. Well simply Exchange will periodically scan for databases in failed state and, if any is found and the DAG and server were provisioned for AutoReseed, Exchange will run a set of pre-requisites check and then automatically use one of the spare drives available and reseed the database without any intervention.

So why do I find this feature so important?

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