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

Update 3/12/18 – Clarified the options for the registry setting (HKLM or HKCU). 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…


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 7/31/18 – Added database versions for July 2018 Cumulative Update. You can find the Lync Server 2013 database versions here. After downloading and installing Skype for Business Server 2015 updates from KB3061064, it is important to remember to go back and apply the back end database updates.  After applying the back end database updates,…


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,…


Skype for Business Server Installer Now Checks for Updates

A new addition in Skype for Business Server is the ability for the installer to check to see if any updates have been released, then download and install them during the installation of Skype for Business Server.  This is very similar to what newer versions of SQL Server do during their installation process.  When you launch…


Lync Server 2013, Lync Web App & Google Chrome Support Updated

In this post, I discussed the new behavior when using Google Chrome to join a Lync meeting.  An update has been released that changes the behavior back.  This cumulative update enables users to use a native Lync client instead of Lync Web App to join meetings in Windows when Google Chrome is the default browser….


Issue Installing IIS ARR on Windows Server 2012 R2

Update 6/1/16 – Updated download link for ARR 3.0 Stand-alone package.  With the update, Web Farm Framework 1.1 is no longer required, Application Request Routing no longer has a dependency on Web Farm Framework 1.1. I was installing IIS Application Request Routing (ARR) in my lab and I decided to try this installer: ARR 3.0…