SfB Server 2015: Pool Pairing with CMS and AlwaysON

We already publish guides to Deploying SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group for Skype for Business Server 2015 and also SfB Server 2015: Moving Central Management to a pool with SQL Server AlwaysOn BackEnd. However, we were asked to create another guide when we want to pair two SfB Enterprise Pools where the Primary Pool is hosting the Central Management Store… Read more

Lync/Skype4B Server: Manually update the Edge Server Configuration

In a recent support case we had a case that the customer had some urgency to add a new Allowed Domain to be quickly pushed to his Skype for Business 2015 Edge Servers. However, the replication wasn’t working: Get-CsManagementStoreReplicationStatus | ft -AutoSize https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg399052.aspx An easy solution to this is to perform a manual update and… Read more

SfB Server 2015: Moving Central Management to a pool with SQL Server AlwaysOn BackEnd

In a previous post, we described how to configure AlwaysOn Availability Groups for Skype for Business Server 2015: Deploying SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group for Skype for Business Server 2015 https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/uclobby/2015/05/08/deploying-sql-server-alwayson-availability-group-for-skype-for-business-server-2015/ That same post covers a green field deployment, but in this one we are going to work on a scenario where the xds and… Read more

How to update the Lync 2013 VDI Plugin

A frequent question we get is, “How do we update the Lync VDI 2013 Plugin?” The answer is quite simple: the Lync VDI 2013 Plugin uses the same update path as the Lync 2013 client. This means that all updates released for the Lync 2013/Skype for Business 2015 client are also applicable to the Lync… 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

Request/Renewing Skype for Business Server 2015 Certificates

Following the same idea as in the Renewing Lync Server 2010/2013 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… Read more

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

Deploying Kemp Technologies Free LoadMaster as Lab Load Balancer/Reverse Proxy

Update 2017/06/07 – Updated the screenshots with the new Kemp LoadMaster UI. In a recent Lync deployment, we were installing a new Kemp Technologies LoadMaster and a new license type was shown: This is great news since we can use it for test/lab environments without having the previous 30 days limitation. Also, in the End… Read more

Installing private root CA certificate on iOS devices

This isn’t related to Lync or Skype for Business, but we see people having a hard time to install root CA certificates on iOS devices (iPhone/iPad). While it’s recommended to use public certificates for Lync Mobility, sometimes we are just doing some tests to show to decision makers. Another case is a company that only… Read more

Polycom Group 500 integration with Lync Server 2013

So we got hands on a Polycom Group 500! This is a relative new RealPresence product from Polycom – although smaller than HDX 7000, it continues to maintain most of its features. In Group Series, Polycom dropped the support for ISDN and People On Content. As of the writing of this article, the Polycom Group Series is… Read more