Microsoft Copilot is all around...

  As the debut of Microsoft 365 Copilot approaches, there are a lot of Copilot features set to be introduced across the Microsoft 365 ecosystem. Here are a few noteworthy additions: Microsoft has unveiled a series of innovative features in the upcoming releases of Windows 11, some of them are already released, and some are currently available in preview builds. The Windows 11 Copilot, conveniently located in the taskbar, eliminates the need to open your Edge browser. It is seamlessly integrated with Bing Enterprise Chat (BEC) and ChatGPT, making it really easy to get started on your creative journey. Included in Windows 11 is the new co-creator feature in Paint. This feature, also in preview, is integrated with DALL-E and provides a swift and straightforward method for creating illustrations and images. If you possess a knack for crafting descriptions, you can generate quite impressive imagery. Another AI-powered feature is image creation directly from BEC. This feature, also integrate

Backing up your Lync 2010 Standard edition

When it comes to Lync 2010 Backup and restore, there are a lot of good articles out there to help you one your way. But none of these examples really satisfied my needs.
And as the Lync 2013 Preview has been released, backing up your existing Lync environment before installing the preview is a really smart thing to do.

I am not going to pretend I wrote all of this, as much of it is almost copy/paste from other posts. But I have been tweaking what others have done before me, and added elements I wanted in my script.

I would like to send a great thank you to  Traci Herr, who did most of the job for me over at:

In addition to the original script, I have altered the SQL backup to run within the PS script based on this Wiki post: So a great thank you to the contributors there is also in order.

Lastly, I have added a send to .zip file and a clean up routine. This way, I have it all in a singe zip file (which can then be backed up by the system file backup), and I will not run out of disk space (You have no idea how much data you might end up with after a few backups)

The script itself can be downloaded here. And will be posted on my script page shortly.

Here are a few things to consider before you run this on your own servers.

  • This script is for a Standard Edition Server (I will look into a Enterprise edition shortly).
  • The script must be run on a server where Lync PS is available, and this must be imported if you are to run this as a scheduled task (See the script for details).
  • If you want to backup your RGS information, you will have to install reskit tools as well (and import the script commands as I do in my script)
  • My script creates a directory C:\lyncbackup\, this may be edited if you like.
  • I have not been able to enumerate the filepath for a local share on a STD Lync server. This must be edited for autpmation (See script for details)
  • Certificates will only be backed up if you allowed for this when requesting and creating certificates.
  • The creation of the zipfile can take a while. The script finishes before the zipfile is finished (If anyone know how to wait for this task before quitting the script, please let me know).
That's all there is to it.

As always, I appreciate feedback or suggestions on improvements.


Anonymous said…
Hi Lasse, good post.

Tips: to find the UNC path for the fileshare STD or single EE use this command

Get-CsService -FileStore | Select-Object -ExpandProperty UncPath
Thanks Ståle,

I am aware of this particular command. And on my enterprise edt Lync script, I am using something similar to this to connect to the Lync share. However, when I tried this approach to connect to the STD edition (making the server connect to itself), it failed. The only solution I figured out at the time, was using the File path (c:\xxxxxx).

I guess there is a security setting, or right issue when the server tries to map to itself through an unc path.

If you know a way to enumerate the filepath, I would be happy to learn.