Lync 2013 – Enabling Sharepoint SkillSearch within the Lync Client

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In this blog we will look at how to enable SharePoint searching within the Lync 2013 client. This is super simple to implement as its only 4 powershell commands

step 1

Login into one of your frontend Lync server/s (if you are EE).

open up Lync Management Shell

Firstly what we will do is do a simple get command to get an understanding of whats already within the client policy

using PS type Get-CSClientPolicy


you will see the information associated with each identity. For this blog post I will be adding the sharepoint setting to the global policy

with this in mind run the bellow PS command specifying your sharepoint portal information
Set-CSClientPolicy -identity global –SPSearchInternalURL http://<server>.<domain>/_vti_bin/search.asmx
Set-CSClientPolicy -identity global –SPSearchExternalURL http://<server>.<domain>/_vti_bin/search.asmx
Set-CSClientPolicy -identity global –SPSearchCenterInternalURL http://<server>.<domain>/SearchCenter/Pages/PeopleResults.aspx

Set-CSClientPolicy –SPSearchCenterExternalURL http://<server>.<domain>/SearchCenter/Pages/PeopleResults.aspx

***Its worth running the URL into IE before you run these powershells into the policy.

Once you’ve completed this, using your lync client, logout and kill the lync process for the client then log back in. Now using CTRL-right click open up the lync configuration option

ensure that the paths are being picked up by the client.

now in the lync client type a search ie: Application Development and select ‘Skills’

if you return a lot of entries you will see the option at the bottom of the Lync client to open the results within SharePoint

And that’s it…

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