I need to immediately confess that this tip will take more than 30 seconds to implement, but it should take less than 30 seconds to get the idea!
Alright, so you want to open Microsoft Lync twice on the same PC? Or you want to run Microsoft Office Communicator and Lync at the same time? Well, you can’t install 2 copies of Lync/OCS directly on the same Windows OS but you can run the 2nd (and 3rd, 4rth…) copy in a virtual machine…and it can work very slick!
I’ve found the VMWARE Player works very slick to accomplish this. (you could also use XP Mode if you have Windows7) As a matter of fact you can even have audio enabled and use a USB phone like Polycom CX300/snom UC600 connected to these instances! Using the “Unity Mode” the 2nd VM “disappears” and it is just like you have Lync running twice.
Here are the steps:
- Download the free VMWARE Player
- Install Windows of your choice inside it
- Install Lync or Communicator and login to the user of choice
- Now enter “Unity” mode as shown below.
- Enjoy you multi-Lync enabled PC
Now it will act just like it is running local. Alt+Tab works and all! Enjoy.
UPDATE: For a bunch more options if you are dead set on running Lync twice:
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