Lync Phone Edition now supports SHA-2 certificates

In a previous post, we discussed resigning certificates with SHA-2: Certificate re-key to change signature algorithm in Lync Server (SHA-1 to SHA-2) Some users raised a concern about the SHA-2 supportability for Lync Phone Edition. This support (SHA-2) was included in the December 2015 update for Lync Phone Edition: This update for Microsoft Lync Phone… Read more

Skype for Business Server Component Version using Get-CsServerPatchVersion

The recent November 2015 Cumulative Update for Skype for Business Server 2015 added the Get-CsServerPatchVersion to the available PowerShell cmdlets. This new PowerShell cmdlet replaces the previous methods (Windows Registry and WMI Classes). To get the Skype4B Server Component Version: Skype for Business Server 2015 Component Version using PowerShell We need to make sure that… Read more

Skype4B – Your Outlook crashes when trying to organize Skype4B meeting – Click-to-Run x MSI

Are you aware about the different client versions of Skype for Business? We have 2 possible versions available in the market: Click-to-Run and MSI. Click-to-Run is the client version that is available through Office 365 Portal. This is the version that downloads Office using a streaming system and Skype for Business is part of Office. Even… Read more

Lync/SfB Server: Test-CsDatabase uses local server to determine ExpectedVersion

While doing some lab testing we notice the Test-CsDatabase uses the local server current update to verify which is the expected version. As an example, in our lab we have pool.gears.lab with January 2014 Cumulative Update and it will return the following: Test-CsDatabase -ConfiguredDatabases -SqlServerFqdn sql01.gears.lab | Select SqlServerFqdn, SqlInstanceName, DatabaseName, InstalledVersion, ExpectedVersion | ft -AutoSize… Read more

Hyper-V: Configure VLAN Trunk on Kemp LoadMaster

One of the Load Balancers that we have in our lab is LoadMaster from Kemp Technologies. We already published an article on how to deploy it: UC Lobby: Deploying Kemp Technologies Free LoadMaster as Lab Load Balancer/Reverse Proxy http://blogs.technet.com/b/uclobby/archive/2015/03/12/deploying-kemp-technologies-free-loadmaster-as-lab-load-balancer-reverse-proxy.aspx Why do we need to enable VLAN Trunk? The reason for this is that our lab “router”… Read more

Script: Lync/SfB Server Certificate Store Validation

In a previous post, we published the checks/validations that we should do in the Certificate Store in the Lync/Skype4B servers. Checks to do in the Lync/Skype4B Certificate Store http://blogs.technet.com/b/uclobby/archive/2015/06/19/checks-to-do-in-the-lync-skype4b-certificate-store.aspx We decided to write a PowerShell with all these checks to make it simple to use. The script will be kept in sync with the post, meaning… Read more

Lync/Skype4B: How to Disable "Edit or Remove Picture" option.

Recently, we were contacted by a customer with an uncommon request: How to disable the button Edit or Remove Picture from the Lync/Skype4B Client? Most people want to know how to enable this option, which belongs to a feature called: High Resolution Photos only available through Exchange Web Services connectivity between Lync Server 2013/Skype for Business Server… Read more

Lync2013/Skype4B: Active Directory contact is changed to the phone number in the contact list

On 14th July 2015, a new Lync2013/Skype4B client update was released (KB3054946 – 15.0.4737.1001). We were eager to see it released, especially because it includes the following fix: Active Directory contact’s name is changed to the phone number in the contact list of Skype for Business or Lync 2013 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3072753 Most users didn’t notice it… Read more

Address Book search for “First + Last Name” when Display Name is “Last, First Name” (WebSearchOnly)

It is quite common to have users stored in Active Directory (AD) with “Last, First Name” (e. g., “Paulino, David”). Since Lync/Skype4B is heavily dependent on AD, what will happen to users that want to search for “First + Last Name”? Regarding the Address Book download, this is an issue that has already been discussed… Read more