Making sense of Schannel Event ID 36882

If you have ever looked at Events logs of a fairly busy Lync or Office Communications Edge server in a chatty environment, you might have come across Schannel Event ID 36882: Log Name: System Source: Schannel Date: 3/16/2016 16:16:16 PM Event ID: 36882 Task Category: None Level: Error Keywords: User: NETWORK SERVICE Computer: LyncSE-AE.tailspintoys.com Description:…

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Distribution Group Expansion failures

A customer reported that they were unable to expand Distribution Groups using Communicator 2007 R2 clients, although the solution was simple enough I want to document the steps that I took so that it may help someone troubleshoot similar issues in the future. This issue also emphasizes the fact that the problem might not always…

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Abserver -syncNow fails

I ran into an issue in my lab where I was unable to run abserver -regenur manually using administrative command-prompt and it kept giving me the following error:   “Triggering UR regenerate – function not available when RTCSRV service is not running. Start the RTCSRV service.”  I kept getting the above error even though  the…

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Modifying msRTCSIP-UserPolicies causes logon failures. Event 41009

I want to document an issue I came across in hopes that it will save someone some pain. When modifying msRTCSIP-UserPolicies manually you may end up with a configuration which causes log on failures and is not recommended by Microsoft. The policies that are applied to a user are stored in AD in a multi-valued…

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Lync Server 2013 Pre-requisites

I have been building labs for Lync Server 2013 and needed to quickly install the pre-requisites for Lync Server 2013 for the Front-End roles again and again. Here is the PS cmdlet that I use which might come in handy for others as well: Add-WindowsFeature  MSMQ-Server,MSMQ-Directory,Web-Server,Web-Static-Content,Web-Default-Doc,Web-Scripting-Tools,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Asp-Net,Web-Log-Libraries,Web-Http-Tracing,Web-Stat-Compression,Web-Default-Doc,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-ISAPI-Filter,Web-Http-Errors,Web-Http-Logging,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Client-Auth,Web-Filtering,Web-Mgmt-Console,Web-Asp-Net,Web-Dyn-Compression,Web-Mgmt-Console,Windows-Identity-Foundation,rsat-adds,telnet-client,net-wcf-http-activation45,net-wcf-msmq-activation45,Server-Media-Foundation Please note, that if you are installing Lync Server…

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Lync Server 2013 (Preview) : Getting my (your) feet wet

Tell me, I’ll forget Show me, I’ll remember Involve me, I’ll understand This is a quick and dirty guide for setting up Lync Server 2013 Standard Edition FrontEnd in a lab environment using HyperV for test driving the new Lync Server 2013 preview and getting familiar with this early release. You should read the documentation…

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Links for learning Lync

A lot of people have asked me if I had some links/resources so that they can learn and understand Lync better and I have ended up with a bunch of links which I keep e-mailing out. I am posting them here for easier access: Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit: The Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit…

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Unable to Scorch a Lync Install

We had a need to uninstall and re-install Lync components from a Standard Edition Lync server and to accomplish that (After taking necessary back-ups, of-course) we ran the Bootstrapper C:\Program Files\Microsoft Lync Server 2010\Deployment> bootstrapper /scorch However that did not work and gave us the following error: Installing OcsMcu.msi(ASMCU)…failure code 1603 Error returned while installing…

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Lync 2010 Release Version Numbers and Corresponding Patches

      This blog entry is no longer updated, please see the Next Hop blog entry for updates released by Microsoft for Lync 2010. As always, you can always refer to the ‘Lync Update Resource Center’ located at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/lync/gg131945 to get the most current patches related to Lync 2010. Similar to my earlier post about Communicator clients and release…

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Automatically enable users in a particular OU for Lync 2010

In Lync 2010 we now have to use either the Lync Server Management Shell  or the web-based Lync Control Panel most of the administrators now have to use two different interfaces for creating users and enabling them for Lync. This is too cumbersome for many admins, especially in situations where almost everyone in an organization…

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