Friday, January 14, 2011

HOWTO: Change video settings in Lync Server 2010

Previously with OCS 2007 R2 the Administrator had the option of setting the maximum video resolution on a 'per pool' basis. This was done by right-clicking the server or pool and choosing the properties of the front-end server.

BEFORE (OCS 2007 R2)


With Lync Server 2010 this setting is now only accessible through PowerShell. To view the media configuration for Lync, run "Get-CsMediaConfiguration".

AFTER (Lync Server 2010)

You'll notice from the above screenshot that mine is set to use HD video; the default in Lync Server 2010 is VGA quality. To change this, use the "Set-CsMediaConfiguration -Identity Global -MaxVideoRateAllowed Hd720p15M". Possible options are Hd720p15M, VGA600K, and CIF250K.

You can also create new media configurations on a per site or per service. For example, "New-CsMediaConfiguration -Identity Site:Edmonton -EnableQoS:$True".

Just remember that you need two quad core PC's to do HD video! For a complete list of requirements, visit: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/ff536101.aspx

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