Lync 2013 Server – SQL 2012 Express Service Pack 2 Manual Install

In preparation for your Skype for Business InPlace Upgrade remember you need have update your SQL Express 2012 to at least SP1. You need to do this on all Lync servers so you may be busy if you have updated already. By default Lync 2013 installed only SQL 2012 Express with no SPs. Heres the … Continue reading Lync 2013 Server – SQL 2012 Express Service Pack 2 Manual Install

Lync Phone Edition apply cumulative update

Been meaning to write this down for while as I can never remember fully. So wanted to blog this to record it mainly for myself. By default Lync provides no Cumulative updates for Lync Phone Edition Devices you can check from the Lync Control Panel as shown below. in my lab i have aastra and … Continue reading Lync Phone Edition apply cumulative update

Skype for Business: Hardening The Backend Databases

Great Blog Post from Mark on Skype4B / Lync Server Database hardening 🙂

We all know that Lync uses SQL server to store it’s backend databases such as the Central Management Store. However, do we pay much attention as to how the Lync Front End servers connect to the database? Let’s look at a scenario.

You have 3 front end enterprise edition servers in a single pool. You are using SQL server 2012 as a backend database server for the Lync databases. This SQL server has multiple instances running other LoB applications. The installation of SQL was completed only accepting the default settings from the SQL installer.

So what security implications does this have on your SQL estate? To begin with SQL will use the static TCP port of 1433 to allow external connections access to the default instance (usually MSSQL) and TCP port 1434 for the SQL Browser service. The SQL browser service is used to allow connections to databases from external…

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Could not load file or assembly â€˜System.Fabric’

Could not load file or assembly ‘System.Fabric’ I was working on a Lync SE Front End Server where the Front End Service was stuck at starting. I tried Reset-CSPoolFabricState –PoolFQDN {PoolFQDN} –ResetType QuorumLossRecovery but that didn't work this time. I noticed in the event viewer an warning event 50016 mentioning Windows Fabric. An exception was … Continue reading Could not load file or assembly â€˜System.Fabric’

Persistent Chat Admin by Lync Management Shell

A day of Persistent Chat Management Shell Today i was doing some P Chat and wanted to administrator it only via Lync Management Shell. This was for a single FE with collocated P Chat. Create New Category New-CsPersistentChatCategory -Name SalesCategory –Description Sales Category –EnableInvitations -EnableFileUpload Remove Category Remove-CsPersistentChatCategory -Name lyncse01.ucmart.co.uk\SalesCategory Next Add Members Set-CsPersistentChatCategory -identity … Continue reading Persistent Chat Admin by Lync Management Shell

Lync Persistent Chat Service Stopping – 53503 Unexpected DB Version

After I added the persistent chat role to a Standard Edition Front End Server the service was stopping unexpectedly. There was an error in the event viewer 53503 Unexpected DB Version I ran the Lync Update Installer and noticed that the persistent Chat role was not up to date I started the persistent chat service … Continue reading Lync Persistent Chat Service Stopping – 53503 Unexpected DB Version

Lync 2013 issue sending IM to external / federated contacts from OWA in Exchange 2013

Had an issue today where i couldn't send an IM to a federated contact from OWA on Exchange Online and Onprem 2013. If a federated contact sent me an IM i received the IM in OWA, clicked accept and i could send and receive IMs successfully. but If i initiated the conversion to the federated … Continue reading Lync 2013 issue sending IM to external / federated contacts from OWA in Exchange 2013