How to Setup Shared Line Appearance in Skype for Business Server 2015

Update 3/6/16 – Updated list of supported Polycom phones. Shared Line Appearance (SLA) is a new feature in the Skype for Business Server November 2015 Cumulative Update.  To enable this feature, you must have first deployed this cumulative update.  You can download the latest Skype for Business Server 2015 Cumulative Update here.  There are also two…


New Skype for Business Server 2015 PowerShell Cmdlets Not Available After Applying November 2015 CU

After applying the Skype for Business Server 2015 November 2015 Cumulative Update, some additional PowerShell cmdlets are available: Add-CsSlaDelegates Remove-CsSlaDelegates Get-CsSlaConfiguration Set-CsSlaConfiguration Remove-CsSlaConfiguration New-CsGroupPickupUserOrbit Get-CsGroupPickupUserOrbit Set-CsGroupPickupUserOrbit Remove-CsGroupPickupUserOrbit Reset-CsNotificationQueues Get-CsServerPatchVersion However, if you use Windows Powershell instead of the Skype for Business Management Shell to manage your Skype for Business environment, you may find that several new…


Issue Installing Skype for Business Server 2015 in a Hardened Environment without Internet Access

During the install for Skype for Business Server 2015, SQL Express fails to install with the following error message: Prerequisite installation failed: Prerequisite installation failed: SqlInstanceRtc For more information, check your SQL Server log files. Log files are in the folder C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL*.Rtc\MSSQL\Log, where the * represents your SQL Server version number. For…


Skype for Business Server Real-Time Statistics Manager

Update 4/20/16 – Added information on upgrading Statistics Manager. A pretty cool new tool is available to help administrators monitor their Skype for Business/Lync servers in real time.  From the Plan for Statistics Manager in Skype for Business Server 2015 TechNet article: Skype for Business Server Statistics Manager is a powerful tool that allows you to…


How to Change the Certificate Store Used for Lync Client Certificates

I’ve gotten this question from time to time from customers about the certificate that Lync issues to users and it showing up in the certificate picker for users.  The Lync server issues a certificate to the clients with the Client Authentication Enhanced Key Usage (EKU), so the certificate can sometimes show up in the certificate picker in…


What Databases are Moved when Running Invoke-CsDatabaseFailover?

I have a customer question recently on how to know what databases the Invoke-CsDatabaseFailover cmdlet was going to move for each DatabaseType parameter.  Some of them are self explanatory, but others aren't as easy to guess and some that are listed don't do anything.  Below is a list of the DatabaseType parameters and the databases:…


Issue Updating WsFedPassiveMetadataUri for Passive Authentication in Lync Server 2013

I had a customer recently where we were setting up passive authentication for Lync Server 2013 and we needed to change the ADFS server that we were using.  That seemed like an easy enough task, however, once we changed to the new ADFS server, we were still being redirected to the old ADFS server.  The process…


How to Verify if Skype for Business Server 2015 Database Updates Completed Successfully

Update 12/11/17 – Added database versions for December 2017 Cumulative Update. Update 5/17/17 – Added database versions for May 2017 Cumulative Update. Update 2/13/17 – Added database versions for February 2017 Cumulative Update. Update 11/4/16 – Added database versions for November 2016 Cumulative Update. Update 6/27/16 – Added database versions for June 2016 Cumulative Update….


Issue with X-Frame-Options and Lync Server 2013 Simple URLs

I had a customer recently that started getting the following when external users tried to join a Lync meeting they were hosting: This content cannot be displayed in a frame To help protect the security of information you enter into this website, the publisher of this content does not allow it to be displayed in…


Installing Prerequisites for Skype for Business Server 2015

Update 3/6/17 – Added information about KB2966828. Taken from the Server requirements for Skype for Business Server 2015 and Install prerequisites TechNet articles, the following prerequisites need to be installed before attempting to install Skype for Business Server 2015: First, make sure you are running the latest service pack for your OS: Windows Server 2012 R2,…