Turning my Home Network into a Secure Network

This article is not an Unified Communications topic, But I think that it is important to be more safe at home.
Exist a lot of topics on Internet about a safe network. I think a lot of them are usefull, but others are simply post without sense.

I can give you some recommendations to be more safe at your home network, even more if you use it for your daily work.

Modify your Router Settings.

If you can, change your standard router for a new one more secure. Although I imagine, that this action is very difficult. Instead, you can modify your router settings to be more safe.

How can I change my settings?

You need to enter into the configuration page (generally the IP Address of your gateway 192.168.1.1) or to your operator control panel.

Use WPS is very usefull to connect to your network, more easy and simple, but a lot of hackers use it to hack your network and connect into it.

A good recommendation is to shut down WPS on your Router.

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Next step to be more safe on your network, is to use a custom WPA (or WPA2) password. This password should be at least 6 chatacters including Numbers, Letters and if it is possible Special Characters (understanding % $ # @ as special characters).

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Next step is to use double authentication factor. How? You can to activate MAC Filtering for example. Yes, I know, it is veeeery boring because it means to type one by one all your MAC devices. Yes it is true, but is more safe.

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If you need, you can also follow more safety steps, this steps would be:

  • Hide your SSID: If you hide your SSID, only can to connect with it, if you know the SSID (but it will be more inproductive with a kind of devices)
  • Port Filtering (Open only safe ports).

When you finish, save your new configuration and restart your router. Before, you can work quietly because now your network will be more secure.
I hope this information will be usefull for you
Thank you
Kind regards

Power Settings not Optimal – Lync 2013/SfB Servers

Hi guys

One of the two typical failures on a Lync 2013/SfB 2015 Environment are to have more than one server with Power Settings with the standard configuration. Yes I know… I thought exactly the same that you are thinking right now, but yes, I had the same mistake.

This kind of errors are easy to resolve and it has not impact in the platform (Myself apply it on a production platform with no issues).

All Lync/SfB Servers must have a high performance powerplan. Usually servers have selected “balanced”, recommended for windows, but in isn’t a best practices for Sfb.

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To apply the best practices for Skype for Business/Lync 2013 you must select “high performance”. Sometimes, you can’t select this option, but don’t worry, it isn’t the end.

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If you can’t select in first instance, you can unlock the option after click on “Change settings that are currently unavailable” and then the options will be unlocked.

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You only need select the correct checkbox and close the windows to apply it.

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I hope this information will be useful for you

regards

Push Notifications SfB/Lync 2013 – Best Practices

Hi friends! how are you?

I’m going to tell you about Push notifications. Push Notifications are very useful if you are using Lync 2010 with iOS or Lync 2010/Lync 2013 with Windows Phone devices, because the device can advice you with icons, alerts or another forms for events, calls, IM or VM. In this way, if you have enable the Push Notification Service in your SfB/Lyc 2013 environment. This service will sent the notifications to the Apple Push Notification Service (APNS) or to the Microsoft Push Notification Service (MPNS) it depends of the device of course.

To enable Push notifications you need to set to TRUE the value “ElableApplePushNotificationService”. To enable that, follow next steps:

Connect to a powershell console (remote powershell or local on a lync server) with elevated permissions and execute the following command:

Set-CSPushNotificationConfiguration -EnableApplePushNotificationService $True

After that, you can verify your new configuration, to do that, execute this cmdlet:

Get-CSPushNotificationConfiguration

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If you are using Lync 2010 on a iOS device and have some issues with push notifications, the following article would be interesting for you:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2757125

Apply this configuration is not mandatory, but is a best practices and it is recommended.

I hope this information will be useful

regards