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!

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.

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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Build 2016: Office Developer Platform + Skype for Business API

#Build2016 for Office Developers – What’s New?

What’s new at Build 2016 for Office Developers (link)

Update for Lync 2013 / Skype for Business Desktop Client (Jan 2016)

January 12, 2016, update for Lync 2013 (Skype for Business) (KB3114502)

  • Version 15.0.4787.1002 (1.0 released 5 Jan 2016)
  • Download lync2013-kb3114502-fullfile-x??4-glb.exe (x86 or x64 bits)
  • Prerequisites:
    – Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1); KB2817430
    – MS15-044 Security update for Lync 2013 (Skype for Business): May 12, 2015; KB3039779
    – Microsoft Office 2013 Language Pack Service Pack 1 (SP1); KB2817427
  • Issues fixed:
    • KB 3128747 Video is missing in a Skype for Business 2015 meeting recording after the December 2015 security update 3114351 is installed
    • KB 3121276 Title bar displays “Lync” after you install the November 2015 update for Lync 2013 (Skype for Business 2015)
    • KB 3132307 Event ID 1000 is logged and Lync 2013 (Skype for Business) client crashes when you reconnect a remote session
    • KB 3132305 “An unknown participant is now joining” message is displayed in a transferred call in Lync 2013 (Skype for Business)
    • KB 3132304 The Lync 2013 (Skype for Business) user interface of a call monitor flashes constantly
    • KB 3114687 “The address type is not valid” error when you sign in to Lync 2013 (Skype for Business) by using domain\username format
  • Known issues after applying this patch:
    • KB 3051158 “Help isn’t working” error occurs when you open the “Skype for Business Help” window in Skype for Business
    • KB 3051160 Cannot join meetings by using Lync 2010 after you install OneDrive for Business
    • KB 3053998 Memory leak occurs when you transfer a file that is larger than 5 megabytes (MB) in a conversation in Skype for Business

Update Digest: Skype for Business Android Mobile, Lync Server 2013, Phone Edition, etc. Cumulative Update (Dec 2015)

Here is a highlight of a number of patches, hotfixes and updates released in the month of Dec 2015 affecting the Skype for Business/Lync product family.

Skype for Business for Mobile

  • Skype for Business for Android now available (link)
    download from Goggle Play Store [version released 15 Dec 2015]
    – Skype for Business for Android Productivity Guide (download)
    – join the Yammer “Office 365 Network” Network Community


Lync Server 2013

  • Updates for Lync Server 2013 (KB2809243)
    – version 8308.941 released 14 Dec 2015
    download LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe
    – applies to Microsoft Lync Server 2013 and Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack
    – Windows Fabric update applies to Standard and Enterprise editions running the Front End and Edge server roles


Microsoft Lync Phone Edition

  • Microsoft Lync Phone Edition for Polycom CX700 and LG-Nortel IP Phone 8540 (KB2988182)
    – version 7577.4494 released 9 Dec 2015
    download UCUpdates.exe
  • Microsoft Lync Phone Edition for Polycom CX500, Polycom CX600 and Polycom CX3000
    – version 7577.4487 released 9 Dec 2015
    – download UCUpdates.exe
  • Microsoft Lync Phone Edition for HP 4110 and HP 4120
    – version 7577.4487 released 9 Dec 2015
    – download UCUpdates.exe
  • Microsoft Lync Phone Edition for HP 4110 and HP 4120
    – version 7577.4487 released 9 Dec 2015
    – download UCUpdates.exe



  • Skype for Business 2015 Planning Tool
    – version 9319.145 released 10 Dec 2015
    download SkypeForBusinessPlanningTool.msi
    – Windows 7 or later
    – .NET Framework 4.5.x or later (Web Install 4.54.52 / Offline Installer 4.5.2)


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