Skype for Business Prevent Automatic Client Sign in on Common Area Computers

I came across an interesting scenario today where there was a requirement to prevent the Skype for Business client from automatically signing back in using the previous credentials entered. For computers that are used in public or common areas, users who use the Skype for Business client application for conferences etc would have to manually… Read More

Understanding Skype for Business Normalizations and Regular Expressions

If you are like me, then understanding normalization rules can be challenging if you don’t quite fully understand the syntax. For the longest time I thought the syntax was written by some Mayan tribe and often relied on intelligent tools or regex libraries online to grab the rules I wanted. Then one night, I was… Read More

Skype for Business Client ADMX Group Policy Template

Over the weekend, I decided to “improve” the Office 2013 ADMX template for Skype for Business client. Having deployed Skype for Business server for a few customers there are certain end user experience requirements that could not be delivered using the standard ADMX provided by Microsoft. To avoid the worry of pushing out settings using… Read More

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

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

Set Client PIN Numbers in Lync

This script will set the Lync users client PIN numbers and then email them the extension numbers and PINs. First you need to create a CSV file with 3 columns. They should read: Username Extension PIN You can export the usernames and Extensions from Lync using powershell to CSV Get-CsUser | Select SamAccountName,LineUri | Export-Csv… Read More