Issue with the Lync Basic 2013 Client and A/V Disabled

Update 2/26/14 - This issue has been resolved with the release of Service Pack 1 for Office 2013. You can get more information here.

I ran across this while testing an issue a reader of my blog posted in the comments of an article I wrote about the Lync Basic 2013 client.  They had mentioned that when a user using the Lync Basic 2013 client was set to A/V disabled the options for A/V were still presented in the client.  In my testing I found this to be true and in fact the options were not only presented to the user, but A/V wasn't blocked if the user tried to initiate an A/V call to another user.  For my testing I was using version 15.0.4420.1017 of the Lync Basic 2013 client.  You can see in the screen shot below that even though the user is set to A/V disabled in Lync, the Phone tab and the Call Forwarding options still appear and the user is actually in a call with another user:

 In addition, the options for starting an A/V call with another user are available:

Also, when looking at the A/V disabled user's presence from another client, you can see that they show as "Video Capable", even though they should be disabled for video:


If you compare this to the same user signed into the Lync 2013 client, you can see that the Phone tab and the Call Forwarding options are removed, as expected:

Also, the options for initiating an A/V call are removed as well:


So how does the Lync client know what features to make available when the user signs in?  The answer is through information received by the client via in-band provisioning.  The Lync client sends out a SIP SUBSCRIBE requesting provisioning information: 



Content-Type: application/vnd-microsoft-roaming-self+xml


The response is a SIP/2.0 200 OK and contained in the response is the setting we're interested in:



The telephonyMode setting can contain a couple of different values, depending on what the user is configured for:

  • NoAudioVideo = Audio/Video Disabled
  • None = PC-to-PC only
  • Rcc = Remote Call Control
  • Rcc Only = Remote Call Control only
  • UC = Enterprise Voice


It appears that currently the Lync Basic 2013 client is ignoring this setting and is allowing the user to initiate A/V sessions whether the user is enabled to do so or not.