Issue Installing Prerequisites on a Server with KB2966828

This has been an issue for awhile now, but not normally something I run into as most of my installs start with an unpatched base install of Windows.  In this case, the image we used had patches already applied.  When trying to install the prerequisites, we would get the following error: Add-WindowsFeature : The request…


Issue with CMS Replication in a Hardened Environment

This was an interesting issue I ran into recently at a customer.  They were migrating to Skype for Business Server 2015 from Lync Server 2013.  They were having issues with CMS replication to the new Skype for Business Front End Servers.  With the CMS hosted on the Lync Server 2013 Front End, none of the…


Skype for Business Server Real-Time Statistics Manager 1.1 Available

An update to Skype for Business Server Real-Time Statistics Manager is available. The following known issues have been fixed in release 1.1: UI/Server/Agent – Numerous significant reliability and performance improvements UI – Main filter control now sorts correctly with different cases (was leading people to think certain servers weren’t in the system when they were)…


.NET Framework 4.6.1 and Skype for Business Server 2015/Lync Server 2013

Update 2/13/17 – .NET Framework 4.6.2 is supported with the February 2017 Cumulative Update for Skype for Business Server 2015. Be aware that the Skype Product Group has recommended that customers hold off on installing .NET Framework 4.6.1 on their Skype for Business Server 2015 and Lync Server 2013 servers.  You can follow the How…


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…


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…


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…


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…