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Skype for Business Meeting Room System Portal Installation

Since upgrading from Lync 2013 to Skype for Business Server 2015 we were advised to remove the Lync Room System Portal from all front end servers before performing in-place upgrades.

When I attempted to reinstall this onto the new Skype for Business Front End server, the installation failed because the installer was looking for a directory that no longer exists.

Fear not because Microsoft Lync Room System Administrative Web Portal for Skype for Business Server 2015 has been released!

To download click here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=46906


Skype for Business Server In-Place Upgrade Step by Step

Step by Step Guide: Skype for Business


  • Ensure that your Active Directory is healthy and replicating
  • Ensure you have a backup of your Lync and AD servers just in case
  • For a single Standard Edition deployment make sure you either have a temporary SE server to migrate users to or plan some serious downtime (4 to 6 hours)
  • Perform a full Windows Update on all Lync Servers
  • No Lync 2010 and 2013 servers in coexistence


Lync 2013 Edge Server Prerequisites

To install the required server roles for a Lync 2013 Edge server, run the following in Powershell

Add-WindowsFeature Windows-Identity-Foundation

Lync 2013 Front End Server Prerequisites

To Install Lync 2013 required server roles use the following powershell

Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS, Web-Server, Web-Static-Content, Web-Default-Doc, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Asp-Net, Web-Net-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Log-Libraries, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Filtering, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Dyn-Compression, NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Mgmt-Tools, Web-Scripting-Tools, Web-Mgmt-Compat, Telnet-Client, BITS, Desktop-Experience -Source D:\sources\sxs
Add-WindowsFeature Windows-Identity-Foundation

Please note you will need the Server 2012 setup disk mounted in D to install Net Framework 3.5 features

Unattended Installation of Exchange 2013

Performing an unattended installation of Exchange 2013 is pretty simple. This is useful if you want to install exchange using custom settings such as renaming the default database or placing the database or log files on separate drives etc.

From the installation media folder open command prompt and use the following command line switches to prepare the Active Directory for Exchange 2013

Setup.exe /PrepareAD /IAcceptExchangeLicensingTerms /OrganizationName “ExchangeOrg”

Once completed run the following

Setup.exe /Mode:install /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms /r:CA,MB /TargetDir: E:\Exchange /CustomerFeedbackEnabled:False /Mdbname:MBXDB01 /DbFilePath:E:\Databases\MBXDB01.mdb /LogFolderPath:F:\Logs\MBXDB01 

Note: If installing Exchange 2013 on multiple servers and you are splitting the Client Access role from the Mailbox role, you must install the first Mailbox server first BEFORE installing a Client Access Server.

Installing Exchange 2013 Server Pre-requisites

To install Exchange Server 2013 requires certain roles and features. These can be automatically installed via the GUI install of Exchange Server, however it is more efficient to install these via PowerShell

Powershell Command

Install-WindowsFeature AS-HTTP-Activation, Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework-45-Features, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Clustering-CmdInterface, RSAT-Clustering-Mgmt, RSAT-Clustering-PowerShell, Web-Mgmt-Console, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Digest-Auth, Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Dyn-Compression, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Http-Redirect, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console, Web-Metabase, Web-Mgmt-Console, Web-Mgmt-Service, Web-Net-Ext45, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Static-Content, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI, Windows-Identity-Foundation,RSAT-ADDS

This command will install all roles and features required for either the mailbox or client access exchange role.

After the server has rebooted you will need to install the following application packages

UCMA 4.0 SDK http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=35463

UCMA 4.0 Client Runtime http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34992

Office 2010 Filter Pack http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=17062

Office 2010 Filter Pack SP2 http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=39668

Reboot once more and then begin the Exchange 2013 Installation.

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