Skype for Business – Automatically set RGS Holiday Sets with PowerShell and JSON
Jul07

Skype for Business – Automatically set RGS Holiday Sets with PowerShell and JSON

Every Lync/Skype admin has the same nightmare with Response Group Holiday sets, something that has to manually be programmed each year for Public Holidays in your country.  What if you could script populating Holiday Sets automatically using PowerShell and an API? I live in England and most of my customers are UK based so I needed a service that would give me Public Holidays for the UK.   Our government website lists all Public...

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Skype for Business – Hide Response Group from Address Book
Apr15

Skype for Business – Hide Response Group from Address Book

Back in 2012 I wrote a post on how to hide Response Groups from the Address Book in Lync 2010 using ADSI Edit.  The same process also applied to Lync 2013.  Original Article: http://chrishayward.co.uk/2012/10/16/hiding-response-groups-from-address-book-lync-server-2010/ The original article involved finding the Response Group AD Object manually using ADSI Edit and changing the msExchHideFromAddressLists (Exchange property) to TRUE....

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Lync 2013 – TLS Negotiation took too long to complete
Apr13

Lync 2013 – TLS Negotiation took too long to complete

I recently came across an issue with Lync 2013 where SCOM (System Center Operations Manager) was periodically reporting errors with the Conferencing Attendant and IM MCU.  The SCOM errors were as follows: Alert: [LYNC] Conferencing Attendant failed to join the conference. Source: LS Conferencing Auto Attendant Component [F05.DOMAIN.LOCAL] Path: FE05.DOMAIN.LOCAL Last modified by: System Last modified time: 4/11/2016 11:01:50 AM Alert...

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Skype for Business – Director Pool in DMZ (Secure Environment)
Dec18

Skype for Business – Director Pool in DMZ (Secure Environment)

I was recently working for a customer where their security policy prohibited traffic from the internet terminating on servers within the LAN. Skype for Business (Including previous versions Lync and OCS) uses a Reverse Proxy to terminate web requests within the DMZ and re-write the requests to the Front End Pool(s) within the LAN.  The request is received on TCP/443 (HTTPS) and sent to the Front End VIP on TCP/4443.  In the case of...

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Skype for Business 2015 – Edge Servers not discovered by SCOM SfB Management Pack
Dec10

Skype for Business 2015 – Edge Servers not discovered by SCOM SfB Management Pack

I recently came across an issue where the SCOM (System Center Operations Manager) Agent was installed on all servers in a customers Skype for Business (SfB) Edge pool but they were not appearing in the SfB Management Pack (Skype for Business 2015 Server Health). All Edge servers were showing as “Agent Managed” in SCOM and appeared in “Discovered Inventory” as Critical.  Using Health Explorer on each Edge server...

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