Backup your Server Roles and Features

The following short script gathers the installed roles and features on a server and outputs them to PowerShell script that can be used to redeploy them on another server. This can be useful during migration scenarios or when you need to deploy an additional server with the same requirements. Copy the below code and save… Read More

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Skype for Business Online Dial-in Conferencing Settings Export Script

Microsoft having released native Dial-in conferencing into Office 365 to the masses is now taking the world by storm. More and more of my customers are now adopting Skype for Business Online with PSTN Conferencing as their number one choice for Non-Enterprise Voice workloads. When you enable a user for PSTN Conferencing the PSTN number… Read More

Skype for Business Enable Shared Line Appearance Script

With the latest version of Skype for Business Server (November 2015) a new feature called Shared Line Appearance (SLA as it’s known in the Skype world) was released. The details of what SLA is can be found here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3092727 There are many blogs out there which have looked at SLA in detail, so I am… Read More

Skype for Business – Statistics Manager Agent Update Certificate

After you have installed the Statistics Manager Agent, things should run smoothly until that date 3 years down the line the service suddenly stops working and cannot be restarted. You will no doubt start to sweat a little and wonder why after so long has this stopped working – there have been no changes, no… Read More

Skype for Business 5 minute Admin – Snom 300 UC Edition

Today I have been getting to grips with the Snom 300 UC Edition phone. Nothing new to the Lync community, but it was a new experience for me. Largely the deployment of a single phone went pretty well but there was an interesting gremlin that I wanted to share with you all. The Snom 300… Read More

Skype for Business 5 minute Admin – Centralized Logging Error 33020

Today I came across an issue that arose from a much larger problem I was experiencing. In the Event Viewer I noticed an error I had not seen before referencing the Centralized Logging Agent. Event ID: 33020 Description: Centralized Logging Service Agent Error while moving cache files to network share. To my knowledge at this… Read More

Skype for Business 5 minute Admin – Formatting the LineURI

Too many times I am on site with a customer and I get an excel sheet from them that contains every user’s email address and DDI that is to be used for bulk user enablement in Skype for Business. 90% of the time the DDI is presented as you would dial it Now this is… Read More

Skype for Business 5-minute Admin: Removing Invalid Front Ends from Topology

Have you ever added a Front End server into your topology using just the server name (i.e. Server1) and not the fully qualified domain name (i.e. server1.domain.local)? I have without thinking and published the topology. Easy mistake to make when you are not concentrating. However, you would think that undoing your mistake would be straightforward… Read More

Skype for Business 5-minute Admin: Protect your POODLE

Purpose of 5 minute Admin To provide Skype for Business Administrators with code snippets and to help with day to day administration tasks without the need to remember PowerShell, or other commands. 5 minute admin is not designed to be a detailed explanation of a particular problem, just offer the heavy lifting. It is assumes that… Read More

Skype for Business 5 minute Admin: Exporting Archiving Data

Purpose of 5 minute Admin To provide Skype for Business Administrators with code snippets to help with day to day administration tasks without the need to remember PowerShell commandlets and parameters. ExportArchivingData.ps1 This script will export archiving data from SQL to a folder of your choice