Category: MS Lync / Skype4B


Deploy Skype for Business Server 2015

This article provides step by step installation of a Skype for Business 2015 Standard Edition.

Active Directory Requirements:

OS for Domain Controllers, have to be one of the following:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008

Domain functional and the forest functional level, have to be one of the following:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2003

Server requirements for Skype for Business Server 2015

Hardware component Recommended
CPU 64-bit dual processor, hex-core, 2.26 gigahertz (GHz) or higher.

Intel Itanium processors are not supported for Skype for Business Server 2015 roles.

Memory 32 gigabytes (GB).
Disk EITHER:

• 8 or more 10000 RPM hard disk drives with at least 72 GB free disk space (two of the disks using RAID 1 and 6 using RAID 10).

• Solid state drives (SSDs) able to provide the same free space and similar performance to 8 10000 RPM mechanical disk drives.

Network 1 dual-port network adapter, 1 Gbps or higher (2 network adapters can be used, but they need to be teamed with a single MAC address and a single IP address).

Operating Systems for Skype for Business Server 2015

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard\Datacenter

Windows Server 2012 Standard\Datacenter with SP1 (required)

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Windows Server 2012 R2 for all new servers to be used for SFB. You should only be using Windows Server 2008 R2 when you have existing servers with Lync Server 2013 already installed, and you’re intending to do an in-place upgrade of them.

In addition to the latest service pack, you’ll want to ensure the following updates are installed where relevant to you:

  • For Windows Server 2012, KB article 2858668 should be installed before an upgrade. Get it here.
  • If you have Windows Server 2012 R2, please install KB article 2982006 before upgrading. It’s found here.
  • If you’re upgrading on a Windows Server 2008 R2 box, then you’ll want to install KB article 2533623 first. It’s at this link.

Also, Silverlight need to be installed to use Skype Control Panel.

http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=149156


Install prerequisites

Installing prerequisites consists of setting up Windows Server by installing the required roles and features on each of the servers in the topology.

Before you begin, make sure that Windows Server is up-to-date by using Windows Update.

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Install required roles and features for front-end servers

Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-Core, RSAT-ADDS, Windows-Identity-Foundation, Web-Server, Web-Static-Content, Web-Default-Doc, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Dir-Browsing, 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, Server-Media-Foundation, BITS

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Note: Windows Server 2012 R2 does not install all of the source files for the required features by default. If the server is not connected to the Internet, you will need to insert the Windows Server 2012 R2 media and select Specify an alternate source path in order to install the required features. The source files are located in the sources\sxs directory. For example, if the Windows Server 2012 R2 media is in drive D, you would set the path to d:\sources\sxs.

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Create a basic file share

  1. Log on to the Server that will host the file share.
  2. Right-click the folder you plan to share (SkypeShare), and select Properties.
  3. Select the Sharing tab, and click Share.
  4. Add the local Administrators group on the server hosting the file share, grant Allow: Full Control, Change, and Read rights, and then click Share.
  5. Take note of the shared folder path, and then click Done to close the wizard.

 


Install administrative tools

The administrative tools include Topology Builder and the Control Panel. The administrative tools must be installed on at least one server in the topology or a 64-bit management workstation running a Windows OS version that is supported for Skype for Business Server.

Install Skype for Business Server 2015 administrative tools from the Deployment Wizard

  1. Insert the Skype for Business Server 2015 installation media. If the setup does not automatically begin, double-click Setup.
  2. The installation media requires Microsoft Visual C++ to run. A dialog box will pop up asking if you want to install it. Click Yes.

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3. By using Smart Setup, a new feature in Skype for Business Server 2015, you can connect to the Internet to check for updates during the installation process. This provides a better experience by making sure you have the most recent updates to the product at installation. Click Install to begin the installation.

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4. review the License Agreement, and if you agree, select I accept the terms in the license agreement, and click OK

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5. The Skype for Business Server 2015 Core Components will be installed on the server. 

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The Core Components consist of the following, as shown in the figure.

  • Skype for Business Server 2015 Deployment Wizard A deployment program that provides a launch pad for installing the various components of Skype for Business Server 2015.
  • Skype for Business Server 2015 Management Shell A preconfigured PowerShell program that allows for administration of Skype for Business Server 2015.

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Once the installation of the Core Components is complete, the Skype for Business Server 2015 Deployment Wizard will automatically launch, as shown in the figure.

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6. In addition to the Core Components, you will also need to install Skype for Business Server 2015 Topology Builder and Skype for Business Server 2015 Control Panel on at least one server in the environment. Click Install Administrative Tools on the Deployment Wizard.

7. Click Next to begin the installation.

8. Once the installation has completed, click Finish.

The administrative tools are now added to the server, as shown in the figure.

    • Skype for Business Server 2015 Topology Builder A program used to build, deploy, and manage topologies.
    • Skype for Business Server 2015 Control Panel A program used to administer the installation.

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Prepare Active Directory

Before Skype for Business Server 2015 can be installed for the first time, Active Directory must be prepared.

Prepare Active Directory from the Deployment Wizard

  1. Log on as a user with Schema Admins credentials for the Active Directory domain.
  2. Open Skype for Business Server Deployment Wizard.
  3. Click the Prepare Active Directory link.
  4. Step 1: Prepare schema
    1. Review the prerequisites information for Step 1 which can be accessed by clicking the drop-down under the Step 1 title.

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    1. Click Run in Step 1 to launch the Prepare Schema wizard.
    2. Take note that the procedure should be run only once for each deployment, and then click Next.

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    1. Once the schema has been prepared, you can view the log by clicking View Log.

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    1. Click Finish to close the Prepare Schema wizard, and return to the Prepare Active Directory steps.
  1. Step 2: Verify replication of schema partition
    1. Log on to the domain controller for the domain.
    2. Open ADSI Edit from the Tools drop-down menu in Server Manager.
    3. On the Action menu, click Connect to.
    4. In the Connection Settings dialog box under Select a well known Naming Context, select Schema, and then click OK.

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      1. Under the schema container, search for CN=ms-RTC-SIP-SchemaVersion.

If this object exists, and the value of the rangeUpper attribute is 1150 and the value of the rangeLower attribute is 3, the schema was successfully updated and replicated.

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If this object does not exist or the values of the rangeUpper and rangeLower attributes are not as specified, the schema was not modified or has not replicated.

Step 3: Prepare current forest

    1. Review the prerequisites information for Step 3 which can be accessed by clicking the drop-down under the Step 3 title.
    2. Click Run in Step 3 to launch the Prepare Current Forest wizard.
    3. Take note that the procedure should be only run once per deployment, and then click Next.

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    1. Specify the domain where the universal groups will be created. If the server is part of the domain, you can choose Local domain, and click Next.

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    1. Once the forest has been prepared, you can view the log by clicking View Log.

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    1. Click Finish to close the Prepare Current Forest wizard, and return to the Prepare Active Directory steps.
    2. Click Skype for Business Server Management Shell from the Apps page to launch PowerShell.
    3. Type the command Get-CsAdForest, and press Enter.
    4. If the result is LC_FORESTSETTINGS_STATE_READY, the forest has successfully been prepared, as shown in the figure.

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Step 4: Verify replication of the global catalog

    1. On a domain controller (preferably in a remote site from the other domain controllers), in the forest where the Forest Preparation was run, open Active Directory Users and Computers.
    2. In Active Directory Users and Computers, expand the domain name of your forest or a child domain.
    3. Click the Users container on the left side pane, and look for the Universal group CsAdministrator in the right side pane. If CsAdministrator (among other new Universal groups that begin with Cs) is present, Active Directory replication has been successful.

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    1. If the groups are not yet present, you can force the replication, or wait 15 minutes and refresh the right side pane. When the groups are present, replication is complete.

Step 5: Prepare the current domain

    1. Review the prerequisites information for Step 5.
    2. Click Run in Step 5 to launch the Prepare Current Domain wizard.

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    1. Take note that the procedure should only be run once for each domain in the deployment, and then click Next.

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    1. Once the domain has been prepared, you can view the log by clicking View Log.
    2. Click Finish to close the Prepare Current Domain wizard, and return to the Prepare Active Directory steps.

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These steps must be completed in every domain where Skype for Business Server objects are found, otherwise services might not start.

Step 6: Verify replication in the domain

    1. Click the Skype for Business Server Management Shell from the Apps page to launch PowerShell.
    2. Use the command Get-CsAdDomain to verify replication within the domain.

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    1. If the result is LC_DOMAINSETTINGS_STATE_READY, the domain has successfully replicated.

Step 7: Add users to provide administrative access to the Skype for Business Server Control Panel

      1. Log on as a member of the Domain Admins group or the RTCUniversalServerAdmins group.
      2. Open Active Directory Users and Computers, expand your domain, click the Users container, right-click CSAdministrator, and choose Properties.
      3. In CSAdministrator Properties, click the Members tab.
      4. On the Members tab, click Add. In Select Users, Contacts, Computers, Service Accounts, or Groups, locate the Enter the object names to select. Type the user name(s) or group name(s) to add to the group CSAdministrators. Click OK.
      5. On the Members tab, confirm that the users or groups are present. Click OK.

Log off, and then log back on to Windows so that your security token is updated with the new Skype for Business Server security group, and then reopen the Deployment Wizard.

Verify that a green checkmark next to Prepare Active Director to confirm success, as shown in the figure.

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Create DNS records

By using Standard Edition, you would only use the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the single Standard Edition server when referencing the front-end role. Also the remaining recorders must be resolves to IP Address for the SE Server.

Description Record type Name
Pool FQDN A ServerName.contoso.local
Skype for Business Auto Discover A lyncdiscoverinternal.contoso.local
Meeting Simple URL A meet.contoso.local
Dial-in Simple URL A dialin.contoso.local
Web Scheduler Simple URL A scheduler.contoso.local
Administration Simple URL A admin.contoso.local
Legacy Discovery SRV _sipinternaltls._tcp.contoso.local

 Create DNS records

Log on to the DNS server, and open Server Manager.

Click the Tools drop-down menu, and click DNS.

In the console tree for your SIP domain, expand Forward Lookup Zones, and then expand the SIP domain in which Skype for Business Server will be installed.

Right-click the SIP domain, and select New Host (A or AAAA), as shown in the figure.

In the Name box, type the name of the host record (the domain name will be automatically appended).

In the IP Address box, type the IP address of the front-end server, and then select Create associated pointer (PTR) record or Allow any authenticated user to update DNS records with the same owner name,

Continue creating A records for all services in the planned deployment.

To create the service record (SRV) record for legacy discovery, right-click the SIP domain, and select Other New Records.

In Select a resource record type, click Service Location (SRV), and then click Create Record. Click Service, and then type _sipinternaltls.

Click Protocol, and then type _tcp.

Click Port Number, and then type 5061.

Click Host offering this service, and then type the FQDN of the pool or Standard Edition server.

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Click OK, and then click Done.

Verify DNS records

  1. Log on to a client computer in the domain with an account that is a member of the Authenticated Users group or has equivalent permissions.
  2. Click Start, and then type cmd, and press Enter.
  3. Type nslookup , and press Enter.
  4. Continue to verify the rest of the A records for your deployment.
  5. If you are supporting legacy clients and created the SRV record, verify it by typing set type=srv at the nslookup prompt, and then press Enter.
  6. Type _sipinternaltls._tcp. (for example, _sipinternaltls._tcp.contoso.local), and then press Enter.
  7. The expected output should be similar to that shown in the figure. Note that not all DNS records are shown in the sample output, but all records should be verified.

 


Create and publish new topology

Before you can install the Skype for Business Server system on each of the servers in the topology, you must create a topology and publish it. When you publish a topology, you are loading the topology information into the Central Management Store database.

If this is an Enterprise Edition pool, you are creating the Central Management Store database the first time you publish a new topology.

If this is Standard Edition, you will need to run the Prepare First Standard Edition Server process from the Deployment Wizard before you publish a topology.

This prepares for Standard Edition by installing a SQL Server Express Edition instance and creating the Central Management Store.

Prepare First Standard Edition Server

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Create a new topology

  1. Log in as a standard user with access to Topology Builder.
  2. Open Skype for Business Server Topology Builder.
  3. Select New Topology, and click OK..

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  1. Select a location and file name for the topology configuration file.
  2. On the Define the primary domain screen, enter the primary SIP domain, and click Next.

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  1. Add any additional supported SIP domains, and then click Next.
  1. Enter a Name and Description for the first site (location), and then click Next, as shown in the figure.

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  1. Enter the City, State/Province, and Country/Region Code for the site, and then click Next.
  2. Click Finish to complete the process of defining a new topology. The New Front End Wizard launches automatically.

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Define Standard Edition server

  1. Review the wizard prerequisites, and then click Next.

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  1. Enter the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the Server, and select Standard Edition Server, and then click Next, as shown in the figure.

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  1. Select the features that will be included in this topology, and then click Next as shown in the figure.

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  1. On the Select collocated server roles page, you can choose to collocate the Mediation server on the Front End server, or you can choose to deploy it as a standalone server.

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By using the Associate server roles with this Front End pool page, you can define and associate server roles with the Front End pool.

The following role is available:

Enable an Edge pool   Defines and associates a single Edge Server or a pool of Edge Servers.

    • Leave the check box clear, and define the topology. After you have published, configured, and tested the Front End and Back End Server roles, you can run Topology Builder again to add the role servers to the topology.

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  1. Next, you will define the SQL Server store that will be used with the topology. use the Default instance and Click Next.

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  1. Define the file share that you want to use.
    • Select Define a new file share, in the File Server FQDN box, enter the FQDN of the existing file server where the file share is to reside, and then enter a name for the file share in the File Share box., and then click Next.

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  1. On the Specify the Web Services URL page, Enter the external base URL in External Base URL. You would enter the external base URL to differentiate it from your internal domain name. HTTP access to the Front End pool is required for instant messaging and presence on mobile clients.

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  1. If you selected Conferencing on the Select Features page, you will be asked to select an Office Web Apps server. Click New to launch the dialog box.

In the Define New Office Web Apps Server dialog box, type the FQDN of your Office Web Apps server in the Office Web Apps Server FQDN box; when you do this, your Office Web Apps server discovery URL should automatically be entered into the Office Web Apps Server discovery URL box.

If the Office Web Apps server is installed on-premises and in the same network zone as Skype for Business Server, do not select the option Office Web Apps Server is deployed in an external network (that is, perimeter/Internet).

If the Office Web Apps server is deployed outside your internal firewall, select the option Office Web Apps Server is deployed in an external network (that is, perimeter/Internet).

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  1. Click Finish to complete the configuration.

Configure simple URL’s

  1. In Topology Builder, right-click the Skype for Business Server top node, and then click Edit Properties, as shown in the figure.

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  1. In the Simple URLs pane, select either Phone access URLs: (Dial-in) or Meeting URLs: (Meet) to edit, and then click Edit URL.
  2. Update the URL to the value you want, and then click OK to save the edited URL.
  3. Edit the Meet URL by using the same steps, if necessary.

To define the optional Admin simple URL

  1. In Topology Builder, right-click the Skype for Business Server node, and then click Edit Properties.
  2. In the Administrative access URL box, enter the simple URL you want for administrative access to Skype for Business Server Control Panel, and then click OK.

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Publish and verify the topology

  1. Right-click the Skype for Business Server 2015 node, and then click Publish Topology.

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  1. On the Publish the topology page, click Next.

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  1. On the Select Central Management Server page, select a Front End pool, as shown in the figure.

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Click OK, and then click Next.

  1. Click Next to complete the publishing process.
  1. When the publishing process completes, you are presented with a link to open a list of next steps. Click Click here to open to-do list to view the next steps, and then click Finish.

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Install Skype for Business Server on servers in the topology

Install Skype for Business Server System

  1. Insert the Skype for Business Server 2015 installation media. If the setup does not automatically begin, double-click Setup.
  2. The installation media requires Microsoft Visual C++ to run. A dialog will pop up asking if you want to install it. Click Yes.
  3. Carefully review the License Agreement, and if you agree, select I accept the terms in the license agreement, and click OK.
  4. Smart Setup is a new feature in Skype for Business Server 2015 where you can connect to the Internet to check for updates during the installation process, as shown in the figure. This provides a better experience by making sure you have the most recent updates for the product. Click Install to begin the installation.

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  1. On the Deployment Wizard page, click Install or Update Skype for Business Server System.

Step 1: Install Local Configuration Store

    1. Review the prerequisites, and then click Run next to Step 1: Install Local Configuration Store.

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      1. On the Install Local Configuration Store page, make sure that the Retrieve directly from the Central Management store option is selected, and then click Next.

SQL Server Express Edition is installed on the local server. SQL Server Express Edition is required for the local configuration store.

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    1. When the local server configuration installation is complete, click Finish.

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Step 2: Setup or Remove Skype for Business Server Components

    1. Review the prerequisites, and then click Run next to Step 2: Setup or Remove Skype for Business Server Components.
    2. On the Set Up Skype for Business Server Components page, click Next to set up components as defined in your published topology.

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    1. The Executing Commands page displays a summary of commands and installation information as the set up takes place. When it’s done, you can use the list to select a log to view, and then click View Log.

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    1. When Skype for Business Server components setup is done and you’ve reviewed the logs as needed, click Finish to complete this step in the installation.
    1. Verify that the first two steps completed as expected. Confirm that there is a green checkmark with the word Complete, as shown in the figure.

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    1. Run Windows Update again to check if there are any updates after you install the Skype for Business Server Components.

 


Step 3: Request, Install or Assign Certificates

    1. Review the prerequisites, and then click Run next to Step 3: Request, Install or Assign Certificates.

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    1. On the Certificate Wizard page, click Request.
    2. On the Certificate Request page fill in the relevant data including selecting the SIP domain and , click Next.

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    1. On the Delayed or Immediate Requests page, you can accept the default Send the request immediately to an online certification authority option by clicking Next. The internal CA with automatic online enrollment must be available if you select this option. If you choose the option to delay the request, you will be prompted for a name and location to save the certificate request file. The certificate request must be presented and processed by a CA either inside your organization, or by a public CA. You will then need to import the certificate response and assign it to the proper certificate role.

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    1. On the Choose a Certificate Authority (CA) page, select the Select a CA from the list detected in your environment option, and then select a known (through registration in Active Directory Domain Services) CA from the list. Or, select the Specify another certification authority option, enter the name of another CA in the box, and then click Next.

6. On the Online Certificate Request Status page, review the information returned. You should note that the certificate was issued and installed into the local certificate store.

If you need to view the retrieved certificate, click View Certificate Details. By default, the check box for Assign the certificate to Skype for Business Server certificate usages is selected. If you want to manually assign the certificate, clear the check box, and then click Finish

    1. If you cleared the check box for Assign the certificate to Skype for Business Server certificate usages on the previous page, you will be presented with the Certificate Assignment page. Click Next.

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    1. On the Certificate Assignment Summary page, review the information presented to make sure that this is the certificate that should be assigned, and then click Next.

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    1. On the Executing Commands page, review the output of the command. Click View Log if you want to review the assignment process or if there was an error or warning issued. When you are finished with your review, click Finish.

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    1. On the Certificate Wizard page, confirm that all services have a green check to indicate that all have been assigned a certificate, including the OAuthTokenIssuer ,as shown in the figure, and then click Close.

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Step 4: Start Services

    1. Review the prerequisites for Step 4: Start Services.
    2. With Standard Edition, you may use the Start-CsWindowsService cmdlet.
    3. Open the Services (MMC) and confirm that the services have started successfully.

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  1. Click Exit to close the Deployment Wizard.

 


Verify the topology

The final step is to test the Front End pool and confirm that Skype for Business clients can communicate with each other.

Add users and verify client connectivity

  1. Use Active Directory Computers and Users to add the Active Directory user object of the administrator role for the Skype for Business Server deployment (on which Skype for Business Server Control Panel is installed) to the CSAdministrator group.
  2. If the user object is currently logged on, log off and then log on again to register the new group assignment.
  3. Use the administrative account to log on to the computer where Skype for Business Server Control Panel is installed.
  4. Start Skype for Business Server Control Panel, and then provide credentials, if prompted. Skype for Business Server Control Panel displays deployment information.

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  1. In the left navigation bar, click Topology, and then confirm that the service status shows a computer with a green arrow and that a green check mark for replication status is next to each Skype for Business Server role that has been deployed and brought online.

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  1. In the left navigation bar, click Users, and then click Enable users.

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  1. On the New Skype for Business Server User page, click Add.
  2. To define search parameters for the objects you want to find, on the Select from Active Directory page, you can select Search, and then optionally click Add Filter. After you have decided on your Search options, click Find.
  3. In the Search results pane, select the users you want to add, and then click OK.
  4. On the New Skype for Business Server User page, the users you selected are in the Users display. In the Assign users to a pool list, select the server where the users should reside.

To test the basic functionality, select the option you prefer for the Generate user’s SIP URI setting (the other options in the configuration use default settings), and then click Enable, as shown in the figure.

  1. A summary page is displayed that shows a check mark in the Enabled column to indicate that the users are setup. The SIP address column displays the address you need for the user sign-in configuration.

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  1. Log one user on to a computer that is joined to the domain and another user on to another computer in the domain.
  2. Install Skype for Business client on each of the two client computers, and then verify that both users can sign in to Skype for Business Server and can send instant messages to each other.
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Lync Server Roles
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Migration from Lync Server 2010 to Lync Server 2013
Centralized Logging Service
Lync Server 2013 Best Practices Analyzer
Lync Connectivity Analyzer
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Study Guide_Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013

To allow mobile clients to connect to Lync Server 2010, you will need to install Lync  2010 Hotfix KB 2493736 (CU6) , and then enable Mobility Service .

You can test the Mobility Service by deploying Mobile Phone 7.5 Emulator on your PC as follows:

1. Download & install the latest version of the XNA Game Studio

http://www.xbox.com/en-US/LIVE/PC/DownloadClient

2. Download & Install the Windows Phone SDK 7.1

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27570

3. Download & Install Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29233

4. Download & Install WP7 Market Place

http://ried.cl/mobile/wp7desktopmarketplace.html

5. Open the Windows phone emulator.

You will need to install the Root Certificate to the emulator in case you are using internal CA.

Ø Open the Internet Explorer on the Windows Phone Emulator, Browse to your CA web site http://CA-Server/Certsrv

Ø Download the Certificate Chain

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Ø Install the Certificate

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6. Open the Phone7Market, Then Search for Lync 2010.

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Ø Right Click on the Lync 2010 App > Select Quick Actions > Deploy to Emulator

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Now, you have the Lync 2010 Mobile client running on Windows Phone 7.5 Emulator

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This is a complete isolated environment, for best results you will need to join a client machine or two to the environment.  You’ll also need Hyper-V and a decent amount of free RAM.

Download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=9c05fc86-d625-4132-abc7-2841c39226b9#QuickDetails

New applications released for Lync 2010.

Conversations Analyzer – Conversations Analyzer is an application that reviews your Lync instant messaging (IM) conversation history and gives you scores for your use of trust-building language in day-to-day communications with business associates and friends. Conversations Analyzer applies trust rules to determine the occurrence of words and phrases that have a positive or negative effect on trust. Only your IM conversation history is reviewed. The results are not uploaded anywhere. The scores are meant to be used only by you.

Conversation Translator – Conversation Translator provides a real-time language translation service for Lync instant messaging (IM) conversations. With Conversation Translator, both the sender and receiver can converse in their native language, and Conversation Translator handles the translation. Powered by the Microsoft Translator Web Service, Conversation Translator currently supports translation between 35 languages.

Information Dashboard – Information Dashboard helps you start a conversation with a remote contact by providing current information about the contact’s location. For example, if you are calling a coworker or a client in Shanghai, China, you can open Information Dashboard and enter the location of Shanghai before making the call. Information Dashboard will return the day, date, time, whether you are calling during regular working hours, the weather forecast, and a news feed of articles related to the location. A contact’s location is saved after you set it and is recalled automatically when you start a new conversation.

Tabbed Conversations – Tabbed Conversations provides a tabbed conversation window to allow multiple instant messaging (IM) conversations in a single window.

Group Chat Stress Tool – You can use the Group Chat Stress package to help verify your Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Group Chat hardware deployment. Group Chat Stress is made up of two applications: Group Chat Stress Tool, a UI application, and Group Chat Loaders, the stress engine (which has no UI). Use Group Chat Stress Tool to create the configuration files for the loaders and to distribute the binaries to the remote machines that will be running the loaders. Use Group Chat Loaders to apply the specified load parameters on the Group Chat Server.

Download: http://lync.microsoft.com/Adoption-and-Training-Kit/tools-and-apps/Pages/Overview.aspx

This guide begins with a review of the services that are available in Office 365, and a description of their capabilities. The rest of
the guide is designed to be used as a real-time road map that provides step-by-step instructions to help you understand quickly how to configure your
environment, manage your company’s account, and then work with the services that are available in Office 365.

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The Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit is the technical reference for the product. This book extends the product planning, deploying, and managing documentation in the Lync Technical Library.

The following chapters are available for download:

        • Technical Overview
        • New Features Overview
        • Response Group Application
        • SharePoint Integration
        • Enterprise Voice
        • Conferencing and Collaboration
        • Troubleshooting Basics
        • Server Administration
        • Address Book Service
        • Client Administration
        • Direct SIP
        • Exchange UM Integration
        • Interoperability with Third-party Systems
        • Interoperability with XMPP Systems Using the XMPP Gateway
        • Archiving and Monitoring

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