What Rights in SQL are Needed for DBAnalyze to Work?

I see this come up a lot when doing OCS Health Checks.  Part of the Health Check is looking at information from DBAnalyze.  If you get the following error, more than likely the account you’re trying to use doesn’t have the necessary rights to the SQL databases: There was an error communicating with the database:The…


Do NOT Apply KB974571 to LCS/OCS Servers

Update – Please see the “Known issues that affect this security update” section in KB974571 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974571/) for information on resolving this issue. <Removed rest of post, as the above KB article contains all relevant information>


LCS Services Fail to Start After Running the Global Settings Migration Tool

I ran into this problem recently.  I was doing a migration from LCS 2005 SP1 to OCS 2007 R2 and as part of the R2 prep we were moving the global settings to the Configuration Partition.  We followed the steps outlined in this TechNet article (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd819962(office.13).aspx), and while trying to complete Step #7, we ran…


Configure the Domains that User Replicator Searches

Update 6/19/12 – Updated post with cmdlet for Lync Server 2010. A common issue that occurs in a multi-domain forest, is that most of the time, not all of your domains contain users that are going to be SIP-enabled.  Unfortunately, when User Replicator runs, it tries to connect to all domains in the forest to…


How to Verify if Schema Prep Completed Successfully

Update 5/3/15 – Added Skype for Business Server 2015 greenfield schema version.Update 11/26/12 – Updated Lync Server 2013 schema version for RTM.Update 7/19/12 – Added Lync Server 2013 schema version.Update 10/6/10 – Added Lync Server 2010 schema version. Verifying that SchemaPrep completed successfully before turning back on outbound replication on the Schema Master in AD is always a good…


Installing KB911996 on an LCS 2005 SP1 Enterprise Edition Front-end with SQL Installed

I ran into this issue while trying to migrate a customer to OCS 2007 R2.  When they originally setup LCS, they installed SQL with the LCS databases on the LCS server itself.  While this is not supported, it was keeping us from being able to migrate them to OCS 2007 R2.  Here’s a work around…


How to Determine What Version of LCS or OCS You Have Installed

Here’s an easy way to figure out exactly what version of LCS or OCS you have installed. For LCS or OCS, check the following key:HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Real-Time Communications\{92AC8981-AAD9-4391-8563-92E558EEF4C6} For OCS 2007 R2, check the following key:HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Real-Time Communications\{A593FD00-64F1-4288-A6F4-E699ED9DCA35} Possible Values: ServerSE – Standard EditionEE – Enterprise Edition TypeVolume – Volume License EditionEval – Evaluation EditionMSDN – MSDN Edition…