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…


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 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….


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,…