I’ve had this request from a client and it’s hit TechNet forums as well so I wanted to drop this workaround here.
Issue: When you click Meet Now from the Lync or Skype client, it takes you into a new meeting space, the user would prefer to use their dedicated meeting space.
As the issue states, some people have their dedicated meeting space PSTN conference IDs memorized. If they want to quickly join a meeting using the IDs they’ve already handed out, rather than whatever method they were using before, they just want a menu item in their client.
The trick I’ve given out is as follows:
- Figure out the conference conf: link.
- Add the link to a reg key.
- Exit and restart the client.
The solution looks like this:
To get that menu item, paste the following reg key into Notepad and replace the conf: url with the user’s. Also note that if you’re using Office 2013, replace Office\16.0 with Office\15.0. To figure out the conf url, just swap out my sip address (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your user’s, then replace 055VM3JB (my conference ID) with your user’s. To find your user’s conference ID, you can edit the hyperlink in a new meeting invite (for the dedicated meeting space) and use the alphanumeric ID past the last /. You can also use my tool here to get this info for all users at once: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Lync-2013-Get-External-deab4539
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
“Name”=”Meet Now (Dedicated)”
There are other options too, such as scheduling a recurring meeting at a time that’s not intrusive so it’s always in the meetings section of the client for a quick join. Comment below if you have a better way or improvement as I imagine there are better methods.