April 16, 2015

(New) Lync 2013 / Skype for Business - UI Version Check, Feature Set and Restart Prompt (KB 2889923)

After rolling out the official RTM release of:

April 14, 2015 update for Skype for Business

the updated version of Lync 2013 desktop client running either the “classic” 2013 or new Skype for Business (Sfb) User Interface will have the versions as illustrated:

Microsoft Lync 2013 (15.0.4711.1002) MSO (15.0.4711.1000) 32-bit
Microsoft Office

Do not be surprised to receive a prompt as follows though …


April 14, 2015

Lync Online/2013 Desktop Client: Skype for Business User-Interface ‘Skin’ and more (14 Apr 2015)

Today is “Patch Tuesday” 14 Apr 2015. As is typical on this day, various Windows, Office and (enterprise) application patches/hotfixes of different severity levels are released publicly.

For current deployments of Lync 2013 desktop clients, including Lync Office 365 online (one-click installs), …


April 9, 2015

TIP 1509.01 (Lync 201x/Skype for Business): SSRS rsProcessingAborted

Not just a workaround but a recommended design you ought to consider if SQL Mirroring is deployed in the Lync Server 2013 environment. Rather than having to fail back to the primary SQL node in order to enable Lync/Skype4B Monitoring Reports via SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) to work, you can configure the latter to automatically failover to the mirror database … (more…)

April 8, 2015

TIP 1509 (Lync 201x/Skype for Business): SSRS rsProcessingAborted

With SQL Mirroring in Lync Server 2013, failover from the primary to the secondary mirrored SQL node either happens automatically (with the presence of SQL Witness) or triggered manually with the Invoke-CSDatabaseFailOver cmdlet.

You noticed that after a database failover took place …


April 1, 2015

TIP 1508 (Lync 201x/Skype for Business): Response Group Settings - Access Denied!

Filed under: Lync MVP Alliance, Skype for Business,Lync Server 2013/2010 — Desmond Lee @ 12:13 am

You are added as an agent to an informal Response Group (RGS) in Lync Server 2013. When you try to access Tools / Response Group Settings, the default browser opens and brings you to the correct Front-End pool’s URL but with an unexpected error message:


Server Error403 - Forbidden: Access is denied.
You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials that you supplied.
Unauthorized: Access is denied
You do not have permission to view this application using the credentials that you provided.
To sign in as a different user, disable the automatic logon in the Security Settings of Internet Explorer

To fix…


March 13, 2015

Update Digest: Lync 2013, Lync for Mac 2011 Cumulative Update (Mar 2015)

Update for Lync for Mac 2011 - KB3037358

  • [version 150304.1] released 12 Mar 2015
  • download lync_14.0.11_150304.1.dmg

Update for Microsoft Lync 2013 Desktop Client (KB2956174)

  • [version 15.0.4701.1000] released 2 Mar 2015
  • download lync2013-kb2956174-fullfile-x??-glb.exe (x86, x64)
  • Prerequisites:  MSO (KB2920798 February 2015) and Lynchelp (KB2881083 August 2014)

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Microsoft Lync -> Skype for Business Rebranding (18 Mar 2015)

For those who neither use Twitter nor Facebook, you may be interested to know that Microsoft has shared that the company will host an official re-branding announcement for Lync to Skype for Business as follows:

Wed March 18th, 2015
1000 hrs EST / 1500hrs CET (What is my time?)
Join the live Twitt at @skypeBusiness (or here)

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March 5, 2015

TIP 1507 (Lync/PowerShell): Director Prerequisite not satisfied

On Windows Server 2012 / R2, you executed the following PowerShell statement to prepare the prerequisites for a machine that will take on the Lync Server 2013 Director role:

Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS, Web-Server, Web-Static-Content, Web-Default-Doc, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Asp-Net, Web-Net-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Log-Libraries, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Filtering, Web-Stat-Compression, NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Mgmt-Tools, Web-Scripting-Tools, Web-Mgmt-Compat, Telnet-Client, BITS, Windows-Identity-Foundation -Source X:\sources\sxs

During execution of the “Step 2: Setup or Remove Lync Server Components” bootstrap process, you received a rather odd error indicating that many mandatory pieces (roles /services /features) are missing:

March 4, 2015

TIP 1506 (AD/PowerShell): Get-ADDomainController

Filed under: MVP/MSFT/MCT, Windows Server 2012 R2/ 2008 R2, PowerShell, Info/Tips — Desmond Lee @ 12:48 am

In order to work with domain controllers and global catalogs located elsewhere in a multi-domain Active Directory environment, always specify the -server parameter against the AD PowerShell cmdlet Get-ADDomainController; else expect a similar error as follows:

Get-ADDomainController : A referral was returned from the server
At line:1 char:1
+ Get-ADDomainController “DC01.swissitpro.ch” -Verbose
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (Microsoft.Activ…omainController
:ADDomainController) [Get-ADDomainController], ADException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : A referral was returned from the server,Microsof

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March 2, 2015

Update Digest: Lync Server 2013 CU, Management Pack, RAP (Feb 2015)

Lync Server 2013

  • Updates for Lync Server 2013 (KB2809243)
    - [version 8308.872] Cumulative Update (released 19 Feb 2015)
    - download LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe
    - applies to Microsoft Lync Server 2013 and Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack
  • Lync Server 2013 Management Pack
    - [version 8308.871] released 26 Feb 2015
    - download (*.msi and *.doc)


  • RAP as a Service Prerequisites
    - [version 1.1] released 18 Feb 2015
    - download (*.pdf)

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