• Microsoft Azure Stack: Resource Manager Explained (Layer 1)

    Microsoft Azure Resource manager is a single stop resolution for many complex task like deploying, updating and deleting resources which a company admin used to handle on daily basis. Consider an example where I’m planning to install a new application in my organization which requires a couple of virtual machines to host the application, a

  • Cloud Connector Edition: AudioCodes vs Sonus CloudLink

    As discussed earlier, CCE allows enterprises to leverage their on-premises PSTN connectivity to use with Office 365. In short Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition is a set of packaged Virtual Machines (VMs) that implement on-premises PSTN connectivity with Cloud PBX. This would be an apt solution for any organization who doesn’t have Lync server

  • Skype for Business Server Services Explained

    You may know the saying: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for today. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Well, that is my intention with this series: To help you isolate the SFB issues based on the services delivering the respective features in UC world. In

  • Central Management Store explained

    What is Central Management Store (CMS)? Central Management Store (CMS) is a repository to store management data in the form of topology, configurations and policies.  The access to the repository is provided through and limited to a Microsoft Lync Server Dynamic Link Library (DLL) called Microsoft.Rtc.Management.Core.dll. The DLL also enforces validations and scope resolutions etc.

  • Prepare Schema, Prepare Forest & Prepare Domain Explained

    Prepare Schema, Prepare Forest & Prepare Domain Explained. Prior to installation of Lync, Active directory need to be prepared for accepting this new application. There are three major pre-deployment process, which are performed in the active directory level. Preparing the Schema Will load four LDF files that can be found on the Installation Folder to

  • Quick walk through Exchange 2016 Services

    Most of the time people like me from support background will be more interested to know the task performed by each of the Exchange services. Believe me, this had always helped us in finding out the right services to troubleshoot any given issue. As you all may know, with exchange 2016 we have just two roles

  • Unified Contact Store (UCS, Exchange 2016 – Skype for Business Server)

    UCS allows the user to access the same set of contacts in Outlook, Outlook Web Access and Skype for Business. Minimum requirements: To enable UCS in SFB, you must be running Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2016. Here we will be looking to Exchange 2016 integration steps. Users must be on Skype for Business pool to

  • IM integration in OWA, Exchange 2016 & Skype for Business 2015

    Instant messaging integration in outlook webapp enable the user to publish his presence and view the presence of other contacts without really having a local skype for business client running. By default, the integration between exchange 2016 and skype for business server for this feature is not enabled, however you may follow the below simple

  • Just 2 Step Server-Server Authentication (Skype for Business & Exchange 2016)

    Simple Integration between Exchange 2016 and Skype for Business Server Things to know before you start: Normally when we talk about Server-to-server authentication it means two servers that need to communicate with one another and a third-party security token server helps for the same by providing a security token. If Server A and Server B

  • Requesting and assigning a new certificate in Exchange 2016

    Below services in exchange 2016 requires a SSL certificate to function properly. SMTP. Outlook Webapp. (RPC-over-HTTP) or MAPI-over-HTTP ActiveSync Exchange Web Services (EWS) used for free/busy and other lookups POP or IMAP. You should always replace the initial self-signed certificate assigned to all services before bringing the server to production. This can be done by

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