Demystifying Hybrid Free/Busy: what are the moving parts?

Hybrid Free/Busy is one of those things that many people do not fully understand. If everything works well, the complexity is hidden from view and people working in various parts of organization can seamlessly work together. But if things go wrong… you will appreciate deeper understanding of what makes it work. This is why we…


Exchange Log Collector Script

A while ago I created the “CollectLogsScript” (see my old A better way to collect logs from your Exchange servers blog post) which I have since rebranded to “ExchangeLogCollector”. Seeing that this has proven popular, I have continued to make some major improvements to the script over the years. The script was recently moved over…


Permanently Clear Previous Mailbox Info

We are introducing a new parameter that can be called by using the Set-User cmdlet in Exchange Online PowerShell. The feature is focused for customers doing migration of on-premises mailboxes to the cloud and you will be able to use it within three weeks or so (Edit 1/19: we updated this due to slower than…


Jetstress testing failed. Error: Faulty performance counter paths: Network Interface(*)*. Ensure that all the performance counters are working correctly with System Monitor. Error: The specified instance is not present.

I came up with a case last week where the Jetstress test was failing with below error: Jetstress testing failed. Error: Faulty performance counter paths: Network Interface(*)*. Ensure that all the performance counters are working correctly with System Monitor. Error: The specified “object was not found on the computer.” What is Jetstress? Jetstress is used…


Cannot remove the Director Pool – Users or Contacts are associated to it.

While trying to decommissioning a Lync Server 2013 Director Pool we got the following error message when we publish the new topology: This wasn’t expected since a Director Pool shouldn’t have users associated with it. After troubleshooting the issue, we notice that some users had the attribute msRTCSIP-PrimaryHomeServer associated to the Lync Server 2013 Director…


The case of Reply Log Manager not letting lagged copy lag

In a previous blog post Ross Smith IV had explained what the Replay Lag Manager is and what it does. It’s a great feature that’s somewhat underappreciated. We’ve seen a few support cases that seemed to have been opened out of the misunderstanding of what the Replay Lag Manager is doing. I wanted to cover…


New in SSMS 17.4 – Vulnerability Assessment

[Guest post by Oren Buoni EMEA SQL Server PFE) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) version 17.4 brings a cool new feature. Vulnerability Assessment [VA], is a great new feature which analyzes your database and generates a report with vulnerability issues that may harm or impact your database. In a one-step wizard, you can start the…


Simple PowerShell Network Capture Tool

Hello all. Jacob Lavender here again for the Ask PFE Platforms team to share with you a little sample tool that I’ve put together to help with performing network captures. This all started when I was attempting to develop an effective method to perform network traces within an air gapped network. My solution had to…


SfB Server: Cannot install KB2982006 – This update is not applicable to your computer.

Update 2018/01/31 – Please note that the fix for this is included in the Skype for Business January 2018 Cumulative Update (CU6 HF1) Prerequisite (KB2982006) not satisfied when you try to install Skype for Business Server 2015 https://support.microsoft.com/kb/4056288 In a previous post we explained how to install the KB2982006: Prerequisite (KB2982006) not satisfied when trying…