Issue with Presence and IM on Federation when having a side-by-side tenant and Skype for Business on premises deployment

Recently there have been quite a few reports by customers who have issues with Presence and IM while Federating with other organizations. One of the most common scenarios, related to this phenomenon, is tied up with tenants being part of the communication path between the two organizations. Usually, there is a tendency to ignore the… Read more

Lync/SfB Client: Disable file upload to external conferences

In the March 2018 update for Lync2013/SfB2015 and SfB2016 a new setting was included that can disable file upload to external conferences (Federated and Anonymous). Before this update the Lync/SfB Client didn’t had a setting that could prevent file upload to external meetings: We can configure the EnableExternalFileTransferInConference setting with Inband Policy or Register Key: Inband Policy $a… Read more

“Cannot find the location of the Central Management Store in Active Directory” error on your Skype For Business Pool

Recently I faced an issue in which when trying to execute any command related to the CMS on an Enterprise Pool, I was getting the same error or a blank result: “Cannot find the location of the Central Management Store in Active Directory” The situation was worrying me because Skype For Business Server was not… Read more

Cannot remove the Director Pool – Users or Contacts are associated to it.

While trying to decommissioning a Lync Server 2013 Director Pool we got the following error message when we publish the new topology: This wasn’t expected since a Director Pool shouldn’t have users associated with it. After troubleshooting the issue, we notice that some users had the attribute msRTCSIP-PrimaryHomeServer associated to the Lync Server 2013 Director… 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

Lync/SfB: Quickly access the Certificate Store

In a previous post we wrote about the Checks to do in the Lync/Skype for Business Server Certificate Store, however, sometimes we might also want to manually check it using the Certificate Store MMC. Since Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 we can quick access the Certificate Store MMC, for Local Computer and Current User, using Command Prompt/PowerShell or the… Read more

Enable Lync 2010 Meeting Invite Template in Lync2013/SfB2015

The January 2017 client update for Lync 2013/SfB2015 includes a new registry key that allows Lync2013/SfB2015 Meeting Addin to create a meeting invite similar to the one in Lync 2010 client. For reference we need to look how Dial in Conferencing Numbers are configured: Get-CsDialInConferencingAccessNumber https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg413015.aspx Now, before any change, we can see that a meeting invite for… Read more

The user Accounts in Outlook and SfB do not match error when scheduling a Skype For Business Meeting from Outlook.

Even if there is many information about this error, recently I’ve faced a very interesting situation in an Exchange Hybrid + Skype For Business Environment in which the users were configured with a different Mail Address (SMTP), Skype Address (SIP) and User Principal Name (UPN). The issue: When trying to schedule a meeting on Outlook,… Read more

Lync/SfB: Check client version using PowerShell

During troubleshooting we often need to check the installed version, for Lync/SfB Server we already know how to check the installed version using PowerShell: Skype for Business Server Component Version using Get-CsServerPatchVersion https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/uclobby/2015/12/08/skype-for-business-server-component-version-using-get-csserverpatchversion/ Skype for Business Server 2015 Component Version using PowerShell https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/uclobby/2015/05/01/skype-for-business-server-2015-component-version-using-powershell/ Lync Server Component Version using PowerShell (Windows Registry) https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/uclobby/2014/12/15/lync-server-component-version-using-powershell-windows-registry/ On the client we can check the… Read more

Lync/SfB Server: Stop Front End service in Starting state

Some of the cases we work have the Front End service in a Starting state: In PowerShell the status is StartPending: We cannot stop it on the Services Management Console: We can go to Task Manager and try to manual stop the service: If that doesn’t work we need to Go to Details and End task that is associated with… Read more