Monthly Archives: April 2013

What’s Lync Basic, Can I Just Use That?

100% maybe!  There are a few different flavors of Microsoft Lync out there, the one we’ll be talking about in this post is Lync Basic.  Lync Basic is a free version of the Microsoft Lync client with some limitations.  The limitations of course are the catch.

The biggest set of limitations are the following:

  • Major enterprise voice functionality missing.  This includes call forwarding, team call and delegates, call park, group call, calling a response group, and the ability to connect to voice mail to set up or change greetings.
  • No recording.
  • No gallery view.

If you can live without these features, and you don’t receive the full version of Lync in your existing licensing, then it may be a good fit for your firm.  If you use Enterprise Voice, you might want to step up to the full version.   A full client feature comparison can be found here:

The clients themselves can be found at the following links

Quick Tip: Adding Ambiguous Users and Groups to Persistent Chat Rooms

Update: Before you take these steps, you need to ensure that the users you’re trying to add are actually enabled for persistent chat!  🙂  Check your Persistent Chat Policies to be sure.



When you need to add a user or group to a persistent chat room, be it a member or manager, it can be difficult to get the GUI to accept your entry at times.  This may be because it’s ambiguous, meaning there are users or groups sharing a similar display name, or plenty of potential other reasons.  You’ll see this reflected in the Invalid Members error as seen in the screenshot.


The trick to get around this is to use the user’s sip address to remove ambiguity, specify the user as  But to add more complex user and distributions group scenarios, you can also look to PowerShell.  Check out the Set-CsPersistentChatRoom command.  You can not only add by SIP address, but also with an LDAP like syntax:

Set-CsPersistentChatRoom -Identity “\chatroom” -Managers @{Add=”CN=mygroup,OU=Groups,DC=domain,DC=com”} -Members @{Add=””, “”}

Check out this powerful PowerShell command here: