Demystifying Migrations Strategies from Lync to Skype for Business

I was tweeted the other day from a follower about how to migrate to Skype for Business from Lync 2013 and further searching social media it seems that us Skype for Business consultants / experts or enthusiasts have blogged with all excitement about the new in place upgrade method and somehow, other migration strategies have… Read More

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Configuring Loadbalancer.org appliances as Reverse Proxy for Skype for Business

I wanted to share this configuration guide with you as I have never come across these load balancers before. A customer of mine had already purchased licences for these load balancers and wanted to leverage their capabilities as a reverse proxy for Skype for Business. Firstly, a quick search on technet revealed that these are… Read More

Skype for Business Server 2015 in-place Upgrade – Gotchas so far

I am currently in the process of performing an in-place upgrade from Lync 2013 Standard Edition to Skype for Business Standard Edition in my lab. Here is what I have come across so far. Gotcha #1: If your Lync 2013 SE Front-end is running on SQL Server 2012 RTM (default) then you need to patch… Read More

Skype for Business: Hardening The Backend Databases

We all know that Lync uses SQL server to store it’s backend databases such as the Central Management Store. However, do we pay much attention as to how the Lync Front End servers connect to the database? Let’s look at a scenario. You have 3 front end enterprise edition servers in a single pool. You… Read More

Drive Adoption and Get Ready for Skype for Business

One of the biggest challenges that face IT departments is how to drive successful adoption of new and updated technology services with your consumers. It is a natural instinct of the human race to resist change. We are creatures of habit and when something or someone alters the status quo we often find it hard… Read More

Lync 2013 Failed to Publish Topology ACL Error on File Share

While publishing the first topology, you may get an error when the topology builder attempts to enable to topology. Looking at the error it seems to suggest that the install cannot read the permissions on the Lync file share. In order to resolve this edit the file sharing permissions and add in the following groups… Read More

Office Web Apps Server Prerequisites

To install WAC Server on Server 2012 use the following powershell Add-WindowsFeature Web-Server,Web-Mgmt-Tools,Web-Mgmt-Console,Web-WebServer,Web-Common-Http,Web-Default-Doc,Web-Static-Content,Web-Performance,Web-Stat-Compression,Web-Dyn-Compression,Web-Security,Web-Filtering,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-App-Dev,Web-Net-Ext45,Web-Asp-Net45,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-ISAPI-Filter,Web-Includes,InkandHandwritingServices,NET-Framework-Features,NET-Framework-Core,NET-HTTP-Activation,NET-Non-HTTP-Activ,NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45