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Using SEFAUtil – Part 1 – Prerequisites and Installation

SEFAUtil is part of the Lync Server Resource Kit. This Kit is a collection of various tools to help with tasks while deploying and managing Lync Server.

This two part series of posts is all about SEFAUtil:

  • Part 1 – Prerequisites and Installation: Set up a Trusted Application Server and get SEFAUtil to run
  • Part 2 – Perform configuration using the tool

 

What is SEFAUtil?

As said SEFAUtil is part of the Lync Server Resource Kit tools. It’s a command-line tool that enables you to configure the following options:

  • delegate-ringing
  • call-forwarding
  • simultaneous ringing
  • team-call settings
  • group call pickup

Most of the options can be configured by the Lync user himself using the “call forwarding” settings within the Lync client.…

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Lync 2013 exams will retire in summer 2015

Hello everyone!

During my study for the Microsoft Exam “74-338 – Lync 2013 Depth Support Engineer” I stumbled upon an interesting fact:

Microsoft will retire all currently available Lync Server 2013 and the last available Lync Server 2010 exam on July 31, 2015! From August 2015 on, it won’t be possible to take these exams.

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Of course, if you already passed these exams, they will still be valid.

There are probably going to be new exams available for Skype for Business Server 2015 later this year. At the moment I cannot find any information or announcement from Microsoft about this.

You can find an overview of all exams which are scheduled to be retired here.…

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Migrate to Skype for Business 2015 – Part 2 – Perform the migration

There are a couple different ways to upgrade to Skype for Business Server 2015. In part 1 of this series we had a look at what these options are. Today we will actually go through the process of an In-Place upgrade. You can only use this method if you have a Lync Server 2013 deployment as a starting point. In this case I am using a Lync Server 2013 environment with one Standard Edition Front End.

This is a two part series of posts:

  • Part 1 – Your Options (this part focusses on the theory and your options from which you can choose for the migration)
  • Part 2 – Perform the Migration (this part takes a closer look into the actual steps you will perform while migrating)

For the upgrade we will follow these steps:

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Step 1: Install Prerequisites

You want to start with installing the following prerequisites:

  • CU5 and latest hotfix for Lync Server 2013
  • Windows PowerShell 3.0 (at least build version 6.2.9200.0)
  • At least Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1
  • And also one of the following:

Also, you want to have 32 GB of free disk space before you start the upgrade.…

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Migrate to Skype for Business 2015 – Part 1 – Your Options

If you are using Microsoft Lync Server and want to move on to Skype for Business 2015 you have a couple different ways to perform the migration depending on your starting point.

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Note: I will be concentrating on the migration from Lync Server (2010/2013) to Skype for Business. If you are using the Office Communication Server (OCS) you should migrate to Lync Server first, before moving on to Skype for Business. You can also set up a new Skype for Business environment.

This will be a two part series of posts:

  • Part 1 – Your Options (this part will focus on the theory and your options from which you can choose for the migration)
  • Part 2 – Perform the Migration (this part will take a closer look into the actual steps you will perform while migrating)

So this part will cover options for migrating.…

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Prerequisites for Skype for Business Server 2015 Standard / Front End Server

After planning your upgrade path to Skype for Business Server 2015 you should first install the required prerequisites before moving on to installing the application itself.

Required operation system

The only supported operating systems for a clean installation of SfB Server 2015 are:

  • Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter with SP1,
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Enterprise.

If you want to do an in-place update from an existent installation of Lync Server 2013 you could also use Windows Server 2008R2.

Note: The mainstream support for Windows Server 2008 R2 has reached its end on 1/13/2015. For the future reliability of your system you should think about upgrading your Windows Server!

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