Author Archives: Steven van Houttum

Skype for Business Server Feature Update

Cumulative updates for Skype for Business contain fixes, but also introduce new features. Here are some highlights: Video Based Screen Sharing for conferencing (VBSS) (Jun 2016) Offline Messaging (Jun 2016) Busy On Busy / Voicemail on Busy (Jun 2016) Allow PSTN callers to join a Skype for Business meeting without a PIN (March 2016) Group Call Pickup… Read More »

Tip: Update databases when installing updates for Skype for Business Server

One step that often is overlooked after installing the cumulative updates for Lync or Skype for Business Server, is updating the databases. For a Standard Edition server you need to run “Install-CsDatabase -Update –LocalDatabases”, also update your Monitoring Database with “Install-CsDatabase -ConfiguredDatabases -SqlServerFqdn <FEBE.FQDN>”. For an Enterprise Edition server you need to run “Install-CsDatabase -Update… Read More »

Speaking at ExpertsLive 2016

ExpertsLive has become the main event for ITPro’s in The Netherlands. It is community driven, inexpensive to attend, and has a great line-up of international speakers. I am very happy to be speaking there again, this time with: “Don’t panic, I know how to troubleshoot Skype for Business network issues!”

Lync 2013 exams not retired this year.

Microsoft Learning anounced that the Lync 2013 examens (335/336/337/338) wil not retire this year. I think this is good news for students, trainers and training centers. The full post: “A while back we announced that Skype for Business exams are coming soon and that the Lync 2013 exams would retire in November. We’ve decided to… Read More »

Skype for Business end user training available for download in multiple languages.

A lot of the Lync end user documentation was only available in English but Microsoft has now released Skype for Business end user training in multiple languages: Office 365 Training: Run more effective meetings (Skype for Business) (40 Languages) Other relevant documentation: Skype for Business client awareness and readiness resources (English) Rollout and Adoption Success… Read More »

Resources for TechEd Europe session on Lync & Certificates (OFC-B311)

These are the websites mentioned in my TechEd Europe session about Lync & Certificates.   Troubleshooting tools: Troubleshooting TLS1.2 and Certificate Issue with Microsoft Message Analyzer: A Real World Example Fiddler Microsoft Message Analyzer Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Debugging Tools Msdiagnostics: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg132374(v=office.12).aspx Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer: https://testconnectivity.microsoft.com/   Troubleshooting scenario’s: Event IDs 32402, 61045 are… Read More »