Update Digest: Skype for Business Server 2015 CU5 (May 2017)

Skype for Business Server 2015 Cumulative Update 5 “CU5” KB3061064
– version 9319.281
– released 17 May 2017 (download)
– list of bug/hot fixes per KB3061064
– adds Windows Server 2016 support!
– for Skype for Business Server 2015 running on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Skype for Business Server 2015 – Windows Server 2016 and PowerShell 5.1 Support

Although Windows Server 2016 has been officially released since 26 Sep 2016 (Ignite conference in Atlanta), it is still not listed as a supported server operating system platform to install or operate Skype for Business Server 2015.  Likewise, this applies to domain controllers in the Active Directory environment.

Per “Server requirements for Skype for Business Server 2015” (TechNet – Topic Last Modified: 2017-02-23):

Windows Server 2016 is not included in this list right now, but we’re planning to add it as a supported option after Skype for Business Server Cumulative Update 5 is released. Until then, please don’t try to use Windows Server 2016 as an OS for your Skype for Business deployment today, as it’s not yet supported, and we don’t recommend it. And check back to this page once the cumulative update is released to confirm Windows Server 2016 is added to our supported list at that time.

Additionally, PowerShell 5.1 is delivered in Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Build 1607). On supported legacy and down-level Windows operating systems, you can apply Windows Management Framework 5.1 (KB3191565) to update to this current version. Nevertheless, WMF 5.1 is marked as incompatible with Skype for Business Server 2015 (or for that matter Lync Server 2013 and 2010).

The golden rule “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” should apply (particularly on live production systems)!

REFERENCES
Announcing the launch of Windows Server 2016 (Hybrid Cloud Blog link)
Windows Server 2016 RTM, System Center 2016 RTM and Azure Stack TP2 – now available (link)
Requirements for your Skype for Business environment (TechNet link)
WMF 5.1 Product Compatibility Status (Last Updated: 1/31/2017 link)

Update Digest: Skype for Business Server 2015 CU4 Hotfix 1 (Feb 2017)

Improvements and fixes as described in “Updates for Skype for Business Server 2015” (KB3061064)

  • version 9319.277 released 13 Feb 2017 (download SkypeServerUpdateInstaller.exe)
  • support Skype for Business mobile clients in Location-Based Routing
  • 3212371 Skype for Business Server 2015 installer can’t update necessary drivers (Media Relay driver)
  • 3209571 LastActive attribute provides inaccurate information about a user’s presence status in Skype for Business
  • 3209570 You can’t set mobile phone number if it matches work phone number in Skype for Business Server 2015
  • 3209569 Display name in contact cards is not returned in Skype for Business Server 2015
  • 3209568 Add Push Notification support for Skype for Business for iOS and Android clients in Skype for Business Server 2015
  • 3209567 Add a flag to the Web.config file to allow Join Launcher to accept across-domain anonymous meeting join requests
  • 3209566 Skype for Business Server 2015 installer may fail silently in Windows Server 2016
  • 3209565 Enhanced 911 (E911) calls using Skype for Business 2016 on Mac don’t work through the non-Windows authentication in Skype for Business Server 2015
  • 3209563 Update reverts the Application Sharing Server (ASMCU) changes in CU4 in Skype for Business Server 2015
  • 3207037 UCWA may crash when parsing the ms-trunking-peer header in Skype for Business Server 2015
  • 4014212 “Screen presenting is not supported with this contact” error when sharing desktop between the Windows and Mac Skype for Business 2016 client

REFERENCES
Skype for Business Server 2015 Cumulative Updates (CU) List (link)

Update Digest: Lync Server 2013 / Skype for Business Mac CU1 (Nov/Dec 2016)

Lync Server

  • Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update (KB2809243)
    – version 5.0.8308.977 Released 13 Dec 2016
    – download LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe
    – adds support for Skype for Business for Mac (KB3204553)
    – resolves no search results returned (with Lync Server 2013 Nov 2016 Cumulative Update 8 Hotfix 1 KB3200080 [version 5.0.8308.974])

Skype for Business on Mac

  • Skype for Business on Mac CU1
    – released Nov 2016
    download the installer package
    – server backend requirements:
    + Skype for Business Server 2015 Cumulative Update version 9319.272 or higher (KB3061064)
    + Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update version 8308.974 or higher (KB2809243)
    + Lync Server 2010 is not supported

REFERENCES
– Lync Server 2013 November 2016 Cumulative Update 8 HF 1 (link)
– (NextHop) Skype for Business on Mac CU1 Released! (link)
– Known issues – Skype for Business on Mac (link)

 

Update Digest: Skype for Business Server 2015 Cumulative Update 4 (Nov 2016)

Skype for Business Server 2015 Cumulative Update (4)

  • described in KB3061064 Updates for Skype for Business Server 2015
  • version 9319.272 released 11/04/2016
  • download SkypeServerUpdateInstaller.exe
  • this update enables Location-Based Routing, LBR to support Skype for Business mobile clients
  • issues fixed:
    – KB3203706 Long silence when you dial into a meeting in Skype for Business Server 2015 that has name recording disabled
    – KB3203153 You experience intermittent message delivery delay or failure in Skype for Business Server 2015 Persistent Chat rooms
    – KB3203152 Lync Phone Edition telephones cannot put a call on hold if “Music on Hold” feature is disabled
    – KB3203148 Front End server of Skype for Business Server 2015 crashes upon restart
    – KB3203707 Japanese characters in the subject of a missed call notification message are garbled
    – KB3203150 Calls to mobile clients fail if Skype for Business Server 2015 has advanced privacy mode enabled
    – KB3203147 LS Storage Service event 32054 after you upgrade to Skype for Business from Lync 2013

Pluralsight (Video) Course: Core Administration – Skype for Business Server (Overview ‘Flyer’)

If you have not yet signed up for my “Core Administration – Skype for Business Server” Pluralsight (and other excellent) online video course(s), you may want to check out this course’s free overview here or click on “Course Overview” under the Table of Contents (link).

Enjoy!

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.

#skype4b #skype #lync #powershell

 

Skype for Business Online (Office 365): PowerShell Remoting Cannot bind -TargetServer

With Lync Server 2013 Administrative Tools (OCSCore.msi) locally installed, execution of the following remote PowerShell statement to connect to Skype for Business Online will trigger a prompt for TargetServer as shown:

$session = New-CsOnlineSession -Credential (Get-Credential)

cmdlet New-CsOnlineSession at command pipeline position 1
Supply values for the following parameters:
TargetServer:
New-CsOnlineSession : Cannot bind argument to parameter ‘TargetServer’ because it is an empty string.
At line:1 char:12
+ $session = New-CsOnlineSession -Credential $credential
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : InvalidData: (:) [New-CsOnlineSession], ParameterBindingValidationException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : ParameterArgumentValidationErrorEmptyStringNotAllowed,New-CsOnlineSession

 

This happens even after you have installed the current version* of “Skype for Business Online, Windows PowerShell Module”.

To resolve this issue, make sure that you apply the latest version of Lync Server 2013 or patch/cumulative update described in KB2809243 over the out-dated version.

* version 9319.0 released 22 Jul 2015 as of this writing

REFERENCE
Using Windows PowerShell to manage Skype for Business Online (link)

Skype for Business Server and Flash Player (Desktop Experience)

If you do not want to inadvertently add Adobe Flash to your Skype for Business Server 2015 installation, a desktop application that serves no real purpose on your SERVER operating system (other than making it vulnerable from a security perspective), a review of my previous post* is in order.

This is important as various blog postings, including Microsoft’s #skype4b documentation on TechNet Library (link), continue to make the same (old) suggestion to install this “side application” as part of the prerequisites as of today.
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Skype for Business Server 2015 Resource Kit Tools


Microsoft Skype for Business Server 2015 Resource Kit Tools are provided to help make some routine tasks easier for IT administrators who deploy and manage Skype for Business Server 2015.

– [version 9319.253] released 5/5/2016
– download OCSReskit.msi
– described in KB2905053
– Tools and usage available in accompanying documentation:

  • ABSConfig
  • Audio Extractor
  • Bandwidth Policy Service Monitor
  • Bandwidth Utilization Analyzer
  • Call Parkometer
  • Cleanup Storage Service Data
  • DBAnalyze
  • Import Storage Service Data
  • LCSSync
  • Lookup User Console
  • MsTurnPing
  • Network Configuration Viewer
  • Response Group Agent Live
  • SEFAUtil
  • Unassigned Number Announcements Migration
  • Watson Support Tool for Lync Phone Edition
  • Web Conf Data