With Lync 2010 we now have a single client for Lync Client and the Online Meeting (formerly called Live Meeting) functionality which makes everything a little simpler. If you have the Lync Client you get your meeting functionality and the Outlook integration for scheduling online meetings all from the one client.
Even better than the single install for our own clients is the capability to customize the meeting entry page that is sent as part of the Online Meeting invite. This makes it easier for external contacts that don’t already have the Lync client or attendee to join the meeting (if the Reach client doesn’t provide the functionality they need for the meeting).
There are two options with this customization:
1. Provide a link to the Lync Attendee client download
2. Provide the option to join the meeting from a legacy client
To customize the page we need to use the Lync Server Management Shell (LSMS).
We’ll start by enabling the Lync Attendee client download. To do this we need to run the following command from LSMS:
Set-CsWebServiceConfiguration -ShowDownloadCommunicatorAttendeeLink $true
After running the command we can open our meeting page and see the change:
It may also make sense to enable users to join from their Communicator clients (with limited functionality). To do that we run the following command from the LSMS:
Set-CsWebServiceConfiguration -ShowJoinUsingLegacyClientLink $true
After the command completes we can once again open our meeting and see the change:
The lack of these options was definitely felt in OCS 2007 R2, just another way Lync is making the user experience even better!