Deploying SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group for Skype for Business Server 2015

In Lync Server 2013, there were requests regarding an alternative to SQL Mirroring for SQL Server High Availability. This was related to the fact that SQL Mirroring was marked as a feature to be removed in future SQL Server versions: This feature will be removed in a future version of Microsoft SQL Server. Avoid using this feature in new development work,… Read more

Request/Renewing Skype for Business Server 2015 Certificates

Here are the steps to request or renew certificates in Skype for Business Server 2015. Most of the steps are similar to Lync Server 2010/2013, so to start let’s go to the well-known Deployment Wizard Step 3 and click Run or Run Again (depending on if you are requesting for the first time or renewing the certificates). Now, in Certificate Wizard, we select the… Read more

Renewing Lync Server 2010/2013 Certificates

One common thing that is asked by customers is: “How do I renew Lync Server Certificates?” If not asked, then sometimes we get a customer with certificate issues or even with Lync services off because of an error in certificates creation/renew (or even people that forget to renew the certificate). So, moving on, we decided… Read more

Checks to do in the Lync/Skype for Business Server Certificate Store

The checks described in this article are the result of what we normally check during troubleshooting. Some of these already have specific error events, but the objective here is to try to avoid that these events occur. We plan to keep the post updated and add more checks that we identify as useful. Also, we… Read more

Configuring ARR for Lync Server

Sometime ago we got into a situation where a customer deployed ARR as a Reverse Proxy for Lync Server. This was new to us. We found some articles on the Internet showing how to configure it, but none of them were clear enough. We wanted to understand this better, so we configured ARR from zero… Read more

How to reboot your Lync/SfB Servers without breaking the Quorum.

More than once the situation when I’m asked how we should really reboot a server in a pool minimizing the impact for the end users, and not breaking the Server Quorum, Fabric Service and Routing Groups currently in use. Before proceeding, it’s important to always take in consideration our Technet Article about High Availability. There, you… Read more

Problems getting High-Resolution photos in Skype for Business with MA enabled

Scenario: Skype for Business Server 2015 and Skype for Business Online (“split domain” hybrid configuration) Exchange 2013 and Exchange Online (Hybrid) Skype for Business Online and Exchange Online Configured/Enabled for Modern Authentication (Mixed 5 topology) Important to note, that, users may see multiple prompts in some cases, notably where the MA state is not the same across… 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

Restore deleted Teams and Channels from Microsoft Teams.

I would like to Thank you Marco Carampanta for writing this article.   Restore Deleted teams and channels from Microsoft Teams. In this article we will explain the steps needed to make use of the recent feature that allows us to recover deleted teams and channels from Microsoft Teams. Sometimes while we are managing our… Read more