Lync Front End Service (RTCSRV) won’t start

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After not having that problem for a while, I’ve recently had some trouble with the Lync 2013 Front End service (RTCSRV) which was stuck on Starting… state. Interestingly, in my case this problem occured on a Lync 2013 Survivable Branch Server (SBS). Up until now I have only known this issue from Enterprise Front End Pools.

In order to resolve the issue, I started with checking the event log on the Lync 2013 SBS and I found the typical events which usually come along with this problem. I found some events (event ID 32173, ID 32174 and 30988) from the LS User Services plus some 32027 events from the LS Storage Service.…

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Lync 2013 exams are now available until November 2015

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In the last MCP newsletter Microsoft announced the “deadline” to retire the Lync 2013 exams is moved to 30th November 2015. Only the Lync 2010 Exam “74-332 – Advanced Design and Deployment” is now retired for scheduling.


You can find an overview of all exams which are scheduled to be retired here.

I didn’t hear any news about possible exams for Skype for Business. Maybe there will be some information in the next months…


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Lync 2013 exams will retire in summer 2015

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During my study for the Microsoft Exam “74-338 – Lync 2013 Depth Support Engineer” I stumbled upon an interesting fact:

Microsoft will retire all currently available Lync Server 2013 and the last available Lync Server 2010 exam on July 31, 2015! From August 2015 on, it won’t be possible to take these exams.


Of course, if you already passed these exams, they will still be valid.

There are probably going to be new exams available for Skype for Business Server 2015 later this year. At the moment I cannot find any information or announcement from Microsoft about this.

You can find an overview of all exams which are scheduled to be retired here.…

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