Pluralsight (Video) Course: Core Administration – Skype for Business Server

I am super excited to share with you an online video course for IT Pros and DevOps which I authored entitled “Core Administration – Skype for Business Server”. You can learn at your own pace with this practical course with lots of demo touching on premise to cloud deployments (Office 365 / Skype for Business Online).

Sign up for this (and other great) course(s) at Pluralsight today. Looking forward to your support and feedback!

ABSTRACT
Skype for Business Server empowers seamless communications and data sharing anywhere from desktop to mobile. This course will teach you the core administrative aspects from system and user management to practical troubleshooting tips and tricks.

DESCRIPTION
Operating a complex platform like Unified Communications and Collaboration to provide seamless access across typical productivity tools and applications is a challenging undertaking. In this course, Core Administration – Skype for Business Server, you’ll learn the foundational knowledge of system and user management.

First, you will acquire the skill to handle core user administration, policies, and configuration settings. Next, you’ll learn how to manage topology, define system components, and behavior to control access privileges. Finally, you’ll understand how to deploy tools and applications to effectively troubleshoot and support the environment.

When you’re finished with this course, you’ll gain the essential skills and know-how to run a smooth and problem-free infrastructure.

As a bonus, this course takes a look at on-premise vs. Skype for Business Online (Office 365) deployment scenarios in addition to management using PowerShell Remoting and a reference test lab topology to help complement your learning experience.

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Article: Using PowerShell DSC to Deploy Update Packages

I am really excited to share that my latest article “Using PowerShell DSC to Deploy Update Packages” is now published online at WindowsNetworking.com (many thanks to fellow MVP Mitch Tulloch!).

By way of the Desired State Configuration feature, a standards based system management platform delivered as part of Windows PowerShell 4.0 and higher, you can deploy common update packages (.msu) – including Windows Management Framework 5 RTM which comes with PowerShell 5 – using DSC itself.

You are cordially invited to check out this article where your feedback here or via social media (@_leedesmond) is always welcome!

 

 

Hyper-V New-VM Error 0x80070003 “File was not found”

During the provisioning of a new Hyper-V virtual machine in Windows Server 2016 (or 2012 R2), you may encounter a rather baffling error while executing the New-VM cmdlet:

New-VM : The operation failed. User ‘Administrator’ failed to create external configuration store at ‘C:\vm\dc01’: The system cannot find the path specified.. (0x80070003) The operation failed because the file was not found.

You confirm receiving a similar message with the “New Virtual Machine Wizard” in Hyper-V Manager and that the user account has sufficient rights/permissions to create a new VM in the target directory.

This strange error could be attributed to a corrupted or missing “Virtual Machines” folder and/or content. This is located at “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V” with a typical Hyper-V installation. To resolve this issue, recreate or restore the former’s contents from a working backup. Alternatively, uninstall and reinstall of the Hyper-V role may be in order. Note that this location contains .xml data setup as symbolic links (.symlink) to Hyper-V virtual machines.