Introduction to Chef + DSC

Over the last year I have really started playing with Desired State Configuration. This is another player in the increasingly crowded 'Infrastructure as Code' market. Other major players being Ansible, Salt, Chef, and Puppet, to name a few. I remember when I was researching some of the different available tools I ended up searching for [...]

Changing the SIP URI of an RGS Workflow

I had an issue the other day where we needed to change the SIP domain associated with most of the RGS Workflows within a deployment. I assumed this would be pretty straightforward with Powershell (even though working with anything RGS related in Powershell sucks) but quickly discovered that you cannot. If you open an existing [...]

SSRS authentication error when deploying Monitoring Reports

There's a lot of guides that go through the process of deploying Monitoring Reports in Lync/SfB. There's a lot of articles that correctly diagnose the most common issues too. I ran into one of these issues and wanted to briefly share my findings. The Error I went through the normal deployment process and the deployment [...]

Testing Infrastructure with Pester

This post is about using Pester for infrastructure validation (Skype for Business is used for the example infrastructure). So what is Pester? They describe it very well on their wiki:  "Pester provides a framework for running Unit Tests to execute and validate PowerShell commands. Pester follows a file naming convention for naming tests to be [...]

Automating a Skype for Business Reverse Proxy Deployment with the KEMP SDK

This post will be about automating the deployment of KEMP load balancers for Skype for Business. More specifically, it's about using the fairly new KEMP Python SDK to script it. If you have not yet heard of this SDK I did write an introductory post about it awhile ago. I suggest starting there. Deployment Scenario For [...]

Are Common Area Phones ‘Devices’ or ‘Contacts’?

I'm writing a quick post after a discovery I made while trying to answer someone's question on my other post. What permissions do you need to manage Common Area Phones? You need RTCUniversalUserAdministrators membership if you want to manage them via normal Powershell (remote or local) or CsUserAdministrator  if you want to manage them through a [...]

Using TLS with an Audiocodes SBC and Skype for Business

This post will be a quick guide on how to setup a TLS trunk between an Audiocodes SBC and Skype for Business. Since it is a quick guide it will not cover in detail all of the different available settings within an Audiocodes SBC or really explain what the settings I am changing actually do [...]