The first Skype for Business Patch has Arrived

It didn't take long for the first patch for Skype to come along and it is a highly important patch for many. A bug discovered after RTM of Skype was discovered with Exchange UM Interaction and normalization. The actual bug is KB3069206 and stalled many Skype for Business upgrades as Exchange UM Auto Attendants are kind of important.

In addition to the UM fix there are smaller yet just as important fixes listed such as dropping parked calls, SfBWA (aka LWA) crashes, RGS agent transfer issues, and so on. In short - if you have Skype for Business deployed this patch is a must and for those waiting because of the aforementioned bugs, migrations can now move on.

Upgrades are a bit different in Skype for Business only because of the new patching methods. If you were comfortable with patching in Lync & clearly understood upgrade domains, then there is no change. There are also no updates required to the Skype databases in this release so while we can run the good-old Install-CsDatabase command you will simply get a result of:

 

 

 

VERBOSE: All databases at the specified installation location are already up to date.

 

 

 

Make sure all servers are updated in the FE pool, the Edge servers, P-Chat, Mediation and any app servers you may have. The core components at a minimum will be updated while servers like the Edge role have an actual update.

For those that have a highly non-recommended two-node Enterprise Pool, there is an additional Fabric step required. Once you have patched the pool and rebooted, run the following command from PowerShell.

 

 

 

Reset-CsPoolRegistrarState -ResetType FullReset

 

 

 

Additional patching information can be found on the KB Update page 3061064.

Product

Version

KBs

Download

Skype Server 2015

6.0.9319.55

3061064

MS Download

 

Additional Notes: 
Lync Server 2013 build number is 5.0.8308.887

Lync 2013 Client build number is 15.0.4727.1001

Skype for Business Server 2015 build number is 6.0.9319.55
 

Lync Group Chat build number is 4.0.7577. 4409

Lync Group Chat Server build number 4.0.7577.4409

Lync Group Chat Admin build number 4.0.7577.4409
 

Lync Attendee build number is 4.0.7577.4461

Lync Attendant build number is 4.0.7577.4098

Lync Phone Editions build number is 4.0.7577.4463
Lync Phone Edition (Tanjay) build number is 4.0.7577.4463
Lync for Mac 2011 build number is 14.0.11
 

Lync 2013 for Windows Phone build number 5.9.1371.0

Lync 2013 for iPad build number 5.7.563

Lync 2013 for iPhone build number 5.7.563

Lync 2013 for Android build number 5.6.3.1
Lync 2013 for Android tablet build number 5.5.3.8919
Lync Windows Store App build number is March 2014
 

Lync Basic 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017
Lync VDI 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017

 

Jeremy said on July 29: "I've had mixed results with the S4B upgrade from Lync 2013.  In the test environment - smooth sailing and everything worked.  In production, even after installing the S4B update, Response Groups still failed 100% of the time.  Since Response Groups are critical in my environment, we reinstalled Lync 2013 on all the servers and restored our Lync databases from backup.  What started as a short upgrade turned into a lengthy recovery.  Needless to say, I'll be waiting to try another S4B upgrade for a while."

Brian responded : "@Jeremy - Interesting regarding RGS. Of the 10 upgrades/new installs we have not had any issue with RGS. Sounds like there was a larger issue at play."

Microsoft has released CU5 for Exchange Server 2013 and RU6 for Exchange Server 2010 SP3

It seems like just yesterday that Microsoft released SP1 for Exchange Server 2013 and yet CU5 (aka as SP1 plus first cumulative update) is out in the wild. As with all Exchange 2013 CUs the update is a FULL install of Exchange 2013 so the download is approximately 1.5GB in size. The good news is, unless you require maintaining older copies/versions of Exchange you can discard previous version as the latest and greatest DVD can be used for updating an Exchange Server or building an Exchange Server (that’s right, read slipstreamed).

There is a known “issue” with the latest release and the built-in Managed Availability Probe. Basically, you will see that the Exchange Share Cache Service restarts often because of an overly aggressive probe.  Details of the issue may be found here but while the logging events are annoying, they are harmless. Your bigger issues may be where monitoring software starts to light up once CU5 is installed and if you do not want to modify the monitoring software, you can disable the probe (again in the KB article).

Be prepared for AD/schema updates when applying CU5 and as always, make sure the PS Remote Script Execution Policy is set unrestricted before installing the update (from an elevated PS prompt Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted). Beyond the OAB improvements in distributed environments and the Managed Availability Probe bug, the remaining updates are basic fixes/updates to the existing code.

For Exchange 2010 SP3, RU6 is a basic update of bug fixes and updates to improve overall system stability.

Both updates have been applied to my labs with no issue and I suspect if all goes well the 2013 CU5 will be in my production in the next few weeks.

Product

Version

KBs

Download

Cumulative Update 5 for Exchange Server 2013

15.00.0913.022

2936880

MS Download

Exchange Server 2013 CU5 UM Language Packs

15.00.0913.022

2872696

MS Download

 

 

 

 

Update Rollup 6 for Exchange 2010 SP3

14.03.0195.001

2936871

MS Download

 

Additional Notes: 
Lync Server 2010 build number is 4.0.7577.230
Lync 2010 Client build number is 4.0.7577.4445
Lync Server 2013 build number is 5.0.8308.577
Lync 2013 Client build number is 15.0.4605.1003

Lync Group Chat build number is 4.0.7577. 4409
Lync Group Chat Server build number 4.0.7577.4409
Lync Group Chat Admin build number 4.0.7577.4409

Lync Attendee build number is 4.0.7577.4356
Lync Attendant build number is 4.0.7577.4098
Lync Phone Editions build number is 4.0.7577.4444

Lync 2010 for Windows Phone build number 4.3.8120.0
Lync 2010 for iPhone build number 4.7
Lync 2010 for iPad build number 4.7
Lync 2010 for Android build number 4.0.6509.3001

Lync 2013 for Windows Phone build number 5.4.1087.0
Lync 2013 for iPad build number 5.4
Lync 2013 for iPhone build number 5.4
Lync 2013 for Android build number 5.3.1100

Lync Basic 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017
Lync VDI 2013 build number is 15.0.4420.1017

Microsoft has released SP1 for Exchange Server 2013 Rollups for Exchange 2007/2010

Microsoft has released updates for Exchange Server 2013, 2010, and 2007 as part of their quarterly release cadence. The 2007 and 2010 RUs are bug fixes to the product and not introducing new features (well techincally 2007 a few) while the Service Pack for 2013 adds a load of function and features. Like all past updates and future updates the download is huge as it is the entire bit-set rolled up into the distributable so don’t be alarmed to see a 1.53GB file coming down the pipe.

Information regarding the releases and new features may be found on the TechNet Exchange blogs and the links to the downloads may be found below. The TAP program these past few go-arounds have included the Exchange MVPs as well as external client which means the most critical set of eyes were looking at this 2013 release.

Released: Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1

Released: Update Rollup 5 for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 and Update Rollup 13 for Exchange 2007 Service Pack 3

Windows Server 2012 R2 and Database Availability Groups

Product

Version

KBs

Download

Exchange Server 2013 SP1

5.0.8308.577

2926248

MS Download

Exchange Server 2010 SP3 RU 5

5.0.8308.577

2917508

MS Download

Exchange Server 2007 SP3 RU 13

5.0.8308.577

2917522

MS Download

MEC 2012

Great news for those that have been lucky enough to attend past MEC conferences and miss attending them...MEC is back and in Orlando! Microsoft has created a website at http://www.MECisback.com where you can leave your email address to gain additional information.

For those that have never attended MEC, it is the premier conference dedicated to Microsoft Exchange, partners, and all involved. I would assume there will be a bunch of Unified Communications as well but that is to be seen.

Exchange 2010 Archive Access for Outlook 2007

Microsoft has released a cumulative update for Office 2007 which allows Outlook 2007 to see/access the Exchange 2010 archive. Previous to this release, non-Outlook 2010 users were forced to use Outlook Web Access to gain access. While this was great for Microsoft revenue, it was not a realistic request for many clients as they had just moved to Office 2007. Microsoft has created a nice post regarding the update which can be found here:

YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS EXCHANGE 2010 ARCHIVE SUPPORT IN OUTLOOK 2007

As a nice caveat, there have been disclosed issues with the update for users that areNOT using Exchange. The Microsoft Office team has documented the known issues and has apologized publicly which can be found here:

ISSUES WITH THE RECENT UPDATE FOR OUTLOOK 2007

I do not expect the above issue to impact Enterprises and especially those that are looking for the new archive feature but again, FYI.

Mobile Outlook Update for Windows Mobile 6.1

With the recent release of Windows Mobile 6.5 and the newly improved Mobile Outlook most of us WM6.1 users are saying - what about us? Well the story is not as bleak as many might imagine. While the OS in the Windows Mobile devices is carrier 'owned' the applications are not. Luckily, Microsoft has decided to release the Outlook portion of WM6.5 as free upgrade for WM6.1 users. This is great news for me - I don't know about everyone else, but I am not interested in most of the WM6.5 features I simply want the new Outlook.

My current back-end environment is Microsoft Exchange 2010, Outlook 2010 and using the latest Mobile Outlook enhances my experience keeping the look and feel similar across clients. The upgrade was easy although it did force a re-sync of my Exchange data to my phone which took a bit of time even over the EvDO Rev A network.

More information about the upgrade and the features can be found here and it is a CAB file so you can use your WM device to navigate directly to it (my preference).

 

New Inbox View in Outlook Mobile

 

Single conversation thread Previous OCS RFC. There are four emails that make up the thread and all can be seen in a single view (reducing clutter and speeding up your day)!

 

The folders you select to sync are shown in your folder list. You can still expand your entire folder list by selecting All Folders.

 

New Single-click Voice Mail Integration or Exchange 2010 UM users. The play button eliminates the need to launch Windows Mobile player leaving you in your Inbox where you should be. The green phone button allows a single-click call back to the sender.

 

With Exchange 2010 and Mobile Outlook 6.5 text messages to your phone have the option of being integrated. This mean a text message received to your phone is synced with Outlook where you have the option of replying to the text directly (assuming you have the optional TXT provider in Outlook 2007 or you are using Outlook 2010 / Outlook Web Access 2010).

Disabling IPv6 in Windows Server 2008

Recently I have run into multiple issues with IPv6 enabled on Windows Server 2008 and simply de-selecting the protocol on the network interface card in Windows does not fully remove the functionality. Previously the need to use regedit was required to fully disable the protocol and while this is still the case, Microsoft has released a tool that automatically does this for you. The best part - a reboot is not required and typos are eliminated!

A Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article describes the process or a direct link to the download is listed here http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9646967. Failing to fully disable the protocol will cause communication issues specifically in Microsoft Exchange 2007 and beyond (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/952842).