Issue deploying Skype/Lync Reports when mirroring SQL – Cannot grant ReportsReadOnlyRole to user

Hi All I hit an issue recently deploying Skype reports into a SQL Server backend store that was mirrored. The error you get occurs when you go to deploy reports via the “Deploy Monitoring Reports” in the Skype Deployment Wizard, and the error that is presented is “Cannot grant ReportsReadOnlyRole to user….”.   This error…


SHA512 certificates preventing RTCSRV from starting

Hi All just a quick note about SHA512 certificates and their effect on Lync Server 2013 and Skype for Business 2015. If your Certificate Authority issues certificate with a SHA512 signature hash algorithm (which is where a lot of organisations are now moving to *from sha1*), there is a problem with using these certificates on…


Installing Skype for Business 2015 Administrative Tools

Hi All I wanted to script up the installation of Skype for Business Administration Tools on a remote administration server so I could make it repeatable, and see if it works the same way as Lync 2013, so I thought I’d share. It’s a little more than running admintools.msi, not much more though; there are…


AGPM Version Numbers

With a new release of Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) on its way, there might be some of you trying to work out what you’ve got. Since it took me a while to track down, I’ve created a handy reference: AGPM 4.0 SP3 (4.3.160.0) (Latest) Included in: MDOP 2015 AGPM 4.0 SP2 (4.2.22.0) Included in:…


Error deploying a Azure Virtual Machine with 2 NICs – Secondary network interface is supported only for deployments on virtual network

Hi all I have been playing around a lot with Azure lately as I am trying to make the move to cloud based Lync/Skype Labs. Before we go any further, Lync and Skype at this point in time are not supported in Azure! I have been trying to get a virtual machine with 2 NICs…