By default Lync installs SQL Express and the local databases onto the system drive during a Lync install.  This is typically ok if only one drive exists on the server however, what if you have another drive which is dedicated to applications, a non-system drive.  Lync will automatically move the Lync local databases to a non-system drive but SQL Express itself stays on the system drive.  If there are three or more drives installed there is a way to control even further where the Lync local databases are stored.

Jens has a nice write up on installing the local databases to a separate drive that you can read here.

This still doesn’t solve the problem of installing SQL Express to a non-system drive.  If you try to install SQL Express manually there is no guarantee that the install willpass the pre-requisite checks.  After much trial and error along with a gentle parsing of the log files I was able to extrapolate the following command to install SQL Express to a non-system drive.  Modify the following parameters to fit your build.
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BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4 MR2 now supports configuring the BlackBerry Collaboration Service to properly communicate with a Microsoft Lync 2013 front end pool.

For more information please reference the link below.

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If your organization is looking to enhance the capabilities of Lync Server 2010 with SMS services check out this product from Geomant.


Geomant’s SMS for Lync helps organisations improve internal and external communications by adding short message service (SMS) text messaging as a communications channel to Microsoft Lync Server 2010. SMS for Lync enables SMS text messages to be sent to one or more contacts directly from the Lync client – ideal when contacts are off-line. Developed for organisations with mobile workforces requiring interactive and broadcast messaging capability.

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Mark your calendars! I’m happy to announce that Microsoft will hold the first Lync Conference next year in San Diego, CA. The conference will take place at the Hotel del Coronado from February 19-21, 2013.

The conference will feature dynamic keynotes, informative sessions for both business and technical audiences, a partner expo hall featuring some of our great Lync partners and plenty of opportunities to network with attendees. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we get closer to February and more details become available, but I hope you’ll join us as Microsoft has some great things in store.

Registration is officially open today and we expect the conference to sell out, so don’t delay. To learn more, I encourage you to visit, like our Facebook page and join the conversation on Twitter using the #LyncConf13 hashtag.

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