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Communicator and Contact availability status in Outlook 2013

I’ve just installed Office 2013 but I also have Communicator 2007 R2 installed and found that the Communicator status is not found in Outlook.

In the option of Communicator, the option “Update my presence based on my Calendar information” is checked but that doesn’t seem to work either.

How can I solve this?

Lync 2013The bad new is; Communicator 2007 R2 isn’t compatible with Office 2013.

The good news is; You can still make Lync 2013 work with Communications Server 2007 R2.

However, you must make a Registry change for this.

DisableServerCheck

To make Lync 2013 connect to Communications Server, add the following Registry key:

Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Lync
Value name: DisableServerCheck
Value type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1

Officially, this isn’t a supported configuration for Lync (connecting to Communications Server 2007 R2) but it works nonetheless.

Group Policy

If you are an administrator ready to deploy Office 2013, you can make the above change also via Group Policies.

In this case, you’ll need to load the Lync Policy Template which is included in the Office 2013 Administrative Templates.

You’d then find the option in:
User Configuration-> Administrative Templates-> Lync 2013-> Microsoft Lync Feature Policies-> Disable server version check



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