Skype for Business: A network-related or instance-specific SQL error #26 … 1/2

Attempts to manage your UC infrastructure with Skype for Business 2015 Control Panel or Management Shell on a #skype4b Front-End server, FE01 may provoke an error similar to the following:

Get-CsClientVersionPolicy: A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible. Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections. (provider: SQL Network interfaces, error: 26 – Error Locating Server/Instance Specified).

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

February 9, 2016, update for Lync 2013 (Skype for Business) (KB3114732)

  • Version 15.0.4797.1000 (1.0 released 1 Feb 2016)
  • Download lync2013-kb3114732-fullfile-x??-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 3136422 Call transfer button is missing when you answer a RGS call in skype for Business that is paired with a Polycom CX600
  • KB 3136421 Can’t logon Lync 2013 (skype for Business) automatically after you install December 2015 update on a non-domain computer
  • KB 3136420 Lync 2013 client crashes when you park outline voice calls
  • KB 3136419 All options in the right-click menu aren’t working when you transfer a call to a searched user in Skype for Business
  • KB 3136418 Wrong file size is displayed when you transfer a large file that is greater than two Gigabyte in Lync 2013 (Skype for Business)
  • KB 3136400 No missed call notification generated in Lync 2013 (Skype for Business)

Known Issues:

  • 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

Twit(ter) Digest – Skype for Business / Lync (17-31 Jan 2016)

Highlights of popular re/tweets around Skype for Business / Lync for this period:

Habilitar la Mensajería Unificada en Exchange Online en Integrarla con Skype For Business On-Premises

AllowSavePassword Group Policy setting for Skype for Business or Lync 2013

Active Directory Site Considerations in Lync Server and Skype4B Server Pool Pairing

Skype for Business Address Book Normalisation Tool

Skype for Android lets you schedule calls, open Office files

Review: Magewell USB Capture HDMI

Migrating CMS in Lync Server and Skype4B Server

Script: New-CsFirmware.ps1 – Upload Multiple Lync Phone Edition Firmware Updates to a Single or Multiple Pools

Lync 2013 / SfB 2015 Client Update – January 2016

Twit(ter) Digest – Skype for Business / Lync (01-16 Jan 2016)

Picture the same dilemma daily – so many new and re/twits (RT) but so little time to catch up! Here is a condensed version of twitter digest (‘favourite highlights’) for 1 – 16 January 2016 around Skype for Business / Lync collected in one convenient location. Only the original or initial twitter post with the actual source itself (not redirected “tiny URLs”) is listed although many of them were re-twitted RT.

Skype for Business and Lync 2013 Memory Usage
http://blogs.technet.com/nexthop/2016/01/14/skype-for-business-and-lync-2013-memory-usage/

Skype for Business Hybrid Handbook, Version 1.2
https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Skype-for-Business-Hybrid-9218205e

Citrix HDX RealTime Optimization Pack 2.0
http://docs.citrix.com/en-us/hdx-optimization/2-0.html

One Click Attach SIP-Stack Logs to current IM Session
http:// lyncdude.com/2016/01/10/one-click-attach-sip-stack-logs-to-current-im-session

Zen and the Art of Skype for Business Maintenance Version 1.0
https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Zen-and-the-Art-of-Skype-5f1f9ab6

Sonus’ WebRTC Services Solution Release 1.1 is Generally Available
http://www.sonus.net/en/resources/press-releases/sonus-streamlines-webrtc-adoption-with-increased-android-ios-and-public

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.

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

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10: Installer Error / Supported Language Packs

When you attempt to install the RTM version of “Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10” (KB2693643) using the downloaded MSU*, an error message may appear:

Windows Update Standalone Installer

Installer encountered an error: 0x80070422

The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.

[OK]

Ensure that the Windows Update (wuauserv) service is not set to Disabled in order to proceed. Be aware that this is valid for running any MSU package for that matter where the former supersedes the MSI counterpart for software installation, including the application of hotfixes and patches in newer Windows versions.

Note that with the recent release 1.10 (19 Nov 2015) of RSAT, it now supports a number of languages besides US-English (en-US)
i.e.
de-DE, es-ES, fr-FR, it-IT, ja-JP, ko-KR, pt-BR, ru-RU, tr-TR, zh-CN, and zh-TW

Installation of a supported language pack listed above is mandatory if the base Windows 10 OS UI does not match any of the listed languages.

* Microsoft Update Standalone Package

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 6.0.0.5 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

 

Others

  • 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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