One topic that I wanted to write about in Professional Unified Communications Development that did not make it into the book because of time and space considerations is how to create UCMA applications that don’t depend on Lync Server. Now, at first this may seem like a strange and clueless idea, akin to carrying around a cell phone when you haven’t got any cell phone service. But there are actually some very real reasons why you might like to build a UCMA application without Lync Server.
A simple and common example is interactive voice response (IVR) systems. It’s certainly possible to set these up as trusted endpoints that register with Lync Server. But if you want to route calls directly to an IVR (whether from a SIP trunk, a PBX, an Asterisk server, or something else) where Lync Server is not present, you can do this with a standalone UCMA application. In this post, I’ll show how to set up a simple UCMA application in this way, and how to place test calls to it using CounterPath‘s X-Lite softphone. Continue reading “UCMA 3.0 applications without Lync Server” »