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Cloud Renegade

Musings of a Cloud Renegade!


Centralized Logging Service not working in Skype for Business

Published at July 26, 2016 ·  4 min read

I haven’t written a new post in a while as I have not been doing as many deployments lately. I have been focused more on evangelism and speaking with different organizations that are thinking about deploying Skype for Business. That said, recently I had the opportunity to get back in to the game and start a deployment for a large organization. We were experiencing some issues that necessitated us to do some logging on the Front-end servers....

Skype4B In-place Upgrade and LRS Admin Portal

Published at May 11, 2015 ·  1 min read

While reading through the In-place Upgrade docs, I spied this little nugget: Be sure to uninstall LRS Admin tool for Lync Server 2013 before running In-Place Upgrade. The LRS Admin Tool for Lync Server 2013 cannot coexist with Skype for Business Server 2015. After running In-Place Upgrade install the new LRS Admin tool, see Microsoft Lync Room System Administrative Web Portal for Skype for Business Server 2015 I haven’t tested this but the fact that they say to Uninstall the Lync Server 2013 LRS Admin Portal was the big catch....

Lync Edge Server Port Ranges and QoS

Published at March 30, 2015 ·  2 min read

Ran into this and felt like until the documentation is updated, I should call this out. On this Technet article, it shows you how to configure port ranges for Edge Servers in Lync Server 2013. In the hopeful case that this page is updated, here is a static image: The issue with this article is that it appears to tie the port ranges for the Edge server to QoS which is not the case....

Thinking vs Hope

Published at March 5, 2015 ·  1 min read

The most dangerous words that come from my mouth are usually “I’ve been thinking.” When I think, my thoughts go everywhere. Most of the time they go to good places but when things get serious, when big decisions are on the line, my thoughts usually betray me. They go to the dark places of my mind. Fear creeps in and takes over. I recently had a moment like this. It took a bit to recognize it but once I did, I knew that I had to refocus my thoughts....

Hotfix for Lync for Mac 2011 14.0.10

Published at February 25, 2015 ·  1 min read

This is a hotfix that you can apply to your Mac if you are running 14.0.10. From the folks I have helped deploy this to, it makes a significant improvement. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3019983 The funny part about this is that the hotfix comes as a .exe file which is not native to Mac’s. In order to extract it, open a command window and use the Unzip command, i.e. “unzip hotfix.exe”. One of the first things I noticed that was fixed in this is that screen shares are much faster and smoother....

October COUCUG meeting on 10/30

Published at October 27, 2014 ·  1 min read

If you are in the Denver, CO area on Thursday (10⁄30), you should come join us at the October Colorado UC User Group (COUCUG) meeting. We have a great line up of speakers! Topics are Lync with Office 365 UM and Lync Contact Center. We have a ton of give aways from our sponsors too! We will be giving away a tablet, Jabra headsets and more! Please visit www.coucug.org to learn more and to RSVP....

Lync Invoke-CsBackupServiceSync and No Central Management Services

Published at September 9, 2014 ·  1 min read

Working with larger Lync deployments, I have run into this a few times where we need to force the Backup Service using Invoke-CsBackupServiceSync and we get the message “No Central Management services were found for the pool you specified to backup.” The first time I saw it, it made me pause but I noticed something, it wasn’t an error. Errors always display in red. I went back to Technet and read about the cmdlet....

High CPU after Publishing Lync Topology

Published at August 26, 2014 ·  2 min read

I have now experienced this issue at two different clients so I thought I would share how we are handling it in case others are experiencing it. Background: After you publish a Lync topology where you add and/or delete and object, you see the CPU utilization spike to 100% across all of your front-ends. This issue has been around awhile. Ken Lasko talked about it on his blog (http://ucken.blogspot.com/2014/01/high-processor-utilization-on-lync-2013.html) back in January of 2014....

August 28th COUCUG Meeting

Published at August 12, 2014 ·  1 min read

The August meeting is just over two weeks away! Come hear about Attendant Pro from Landis Computer and enter to win a Plantronics headset. We’ll be kicking things off at 4pm and we’ll go til 6pm. Food and drink is being supplied by Matt Landis and Landis Computer. You can RSVP and get more details at www.coucug.org. We hope to see you there!...

My thoughts on the Microsoft Unified Technology Event

Published at July 22, 2014 ·  3 min read

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that they are not doing the smaller, product centric events like Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) or LyncConf. They are switching to a Unified Technology Event which will be next May in Chicago. You can read the announcement here: http://blogs.office.com/2014/07/21/microsofts-unified-technology-event-for-enterprises/. This news isn’t all that surprising, combining efforts has to be a great way to save money and more efficient from a planning standpoint. I have to admit, I’m sad to see LyncConf go....