On .NET Framework 4.6.1 and Exchange Skype4B Lync compatibility

We wanted to post a quick note to call out that since yesterday, the .NET Framework 4.6.1 has been made a recommended update on WU (Windows Update).

As we have already stated in the Exchange Supportability Matrix, at this time, this version of .NET framework is not supported by Exchange. In fact, we know of some issues if it is installed.

We are working with the .NET team to ensure that Exchange customers have a smooth transition to .NET Framework 4.6.1, but in the meantime, delay this particular .NET update on your Exchange servers (information on how this can be accomplished can be found in the KB article 3133990, How to temporarily block the installation of the .NET Framework 4.6.1).


As a result of this recommendation from the Exchange team, the Skype for Business team is recommending the same course of action for Lync/Skype for Business servers.

Please follow the guidance located here to block the installation: 3133990, How to temporarily block the installation of the .NET Framework 4.6.1).

Skype for Business 2015 Planning Tool

The Skype for Business Team released Skype for Business 2015 Planning Tool. This tool asks you a series of questions about your organization and the features that you are interested in. The planning tool will then use your answers to recommend a topology based on the tested Skype for Business 2015 user model.
Your organization may have a different user model. If so, you should adjust the recommended topology as necessary to fit your organization’s needs.
What’s in the Planning Tool for Skype for Business 2015?

  • The Planning Tool now allow user to have up to 10 sites, including central site and disaster recovery site
  • The Planning Tool offers capacity guidance for Skype for Business Server 2015 new and updated features listed below.
  • You can answer the questions about these features in the Planning Tool, and then the suggested topology will contain information for those features, e.g hardware, network, DNS, certificate, IP, etc, according to the Skype for Business 2015 user model.
    • Persistent Chat
    • Archiving with Exchange integration
    • Mobility
    • Multi-view Video
    • SQL AlwaysOn
    • High Availability and Disaster Recovery
    • Office Web Apps
    • Exchange Mailbox
  • Skype for Business Server Planning Tool 2015 allows you to specify IPv6 IP addresses
  • Planning Tool identifies the IP conflicts across sites in the suggest topology. You can then choose to show or hide IP conflict in the topology
  • Planning Tool offers more user-friendly FQDN/IP/Port editing dialog
  • Planning Tool updates the suggested hardware requirements, DNS, and certificates with Skype for Business Server 2015 changes
  • Planning Tool updates the planning steps and deployment steps with Skype for Business Server 2015 changes
  • Planning Tool offers better support for accessibility requirements
  • Skype for Business Server Planning Tool 2015 offers improved export of Visio and Excel files. An exported Visio file matches the suggested topology diagram in the Planning Tool as well
  • Planning Tool no longer supports the following features:
    • Virtualized server design
    • Export the Planning Tool file to Topology Builder

Get it: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=50357


Certification Update for MCSE: Communication

The MCSE: Communication certification is being updated to support Skype for Business skills.

Starting 28-December, 2015, the following two new Skype for Business exams (currently in beta) will fulfill the MCSE: Communication requirements, provided that the candidate has already earned a qualifying MCSA credential:

The following Microsoft Lync Server 2013 exams retire on 31-March, 2016, but will remain an accepted path towards earning MCSE: Communication until 31-July, 2016:

Please see the MCSE: Communication web page for more details after 28-December.

Skype for Business Basic Client

Lync Basic 2013 provides all the basic functionality that’s available in the full version of Lync (Lync 2013). However, if you want to use any of the following features, you will need to upgrade to Lync 2013:

  • Advanced call features (not available with all Office 365 subscriptions); advanced call features include team ring, call forwarding, simultaneous ring, voice mail, call park, call delegation, response groups, and remote call control
  • Calendar delegation
  • Gallery video view
  • OneNote sharing
  • Recording
  • Skill search (not available with Office 365)
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) (not available with Office 365)

Download Skype for Business Basic

Microsoft Skype for Business Basic (64 Bit)

Microsoft Skype for Business Basic (32 Bit)

ExchangeLyncAdminScript.ps1 Script to Manage Exchange & Lync & Active Directory

Exchange & Lync Admin Script created by Ward Vissers

Tool to Manage Active Directory & Exchange & Lync


    Please select the admin area you require

        1. Active Directy Users Tasks
        2. Active Directy Computers Tasks
        3. Active Directy Groups Tasks
        4. Active Directy Protected From Accidental Deletion Tasks
        5. Active Directy FSMO Tasks
        6. User Profile Tasks
        7. Exchange Tasks
        8. Lync Tasks
        9. Quit and exit
    Enter Menu Option Number:

Download: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Exchange-Lync-Script-c079133e

Supported Reverse Proxy for Lync 2010 & Lync 2013

This lists the server reverse proxy products that have completed solution testing with Lync Server. While any reverse proxy is expected to work with Lync Server, the reverse proxies listed below have completed extensive testing and are posted with detailed deployment white papers to assist in configuration.

Qualified for Lync 2013 & Lync 2010 


Qualified Product

Software Version Tested

Vendor’s Lync Page


Internet Information Services Application Request Routing  (IIS ARR)


IIS ARR Config Guide


Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) **


Setting up Reverse Proxy Servers with TMG

** In November, 2012, Microsoft ceased license sales of Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010, or TMG. TMG is still a fully supported product, and is still available for sale on appliances sold by third parties.

Lync 2013 Rollout and Adoption Resources

Lync 2013 Rollout and Adoption Resources package is a collection of tools, documentation, and templates designed to help project teams plan, pilot, deploy, and evaluate the success of their Lync rollout. These resources are intended for use with the Lync 2013 Rollout and Adoption Success Kit (RASK).


Z-Hire Active Directory User Creation Tool

I want you to inform about a great tool.

Z-Hire automates the IT user account creation process for Exchange mailbox, and Active Directory and Lync accounts. With just a click of the button, your Exchange mailbox, and Active directory user, Lync account and SalesForce User account will be created simultaneousy. Z-Hire serves as the platform for new hire accounts by allowing auto-creation of major IT accounts with the option for custom scripts. Z-hire will decrease your account deployment time by 600%, without the need for complicated and expensive identity management solutions. This tool makes creating Active Directory users a breeze. Some of the features include:

– Environment Auto discovery (AD/Exchange/Lync/SalesForce)
– Support for Active Directory user, Exchange, Lync 2010 and SalesForce user accounts
– Template based deployment (allows consistency for all user accounts)
– Active Directory user creation with major attributes
– Active Directory group selection
– Active Directory user duplicate SamAccountName detection – Lync 2010 / 2013 user account creation supporting all policies
– SalesForce user account creation supporting all attributes
– Faster performance (compared to previous version)

Supported Environments / IT systems
– Active Directory (all versions)
– Exchange 2007 (all versions)
– Exchange 2010 / 2013 (all versions)
– Lync 2010 / 2013 (both Standard and Enterprise versions)
– Office 365 Cloud
– SalesForce Cloud

Screenshot #1 – Active Directory
Screenshot #2 – Active Directory
Screenshot #3 – Active Directory
Screenshot #4 – Exchange
Screenshot #5 – Lync
Screenshot #6 – Supported Systems

– .NET 3.5 and .NET 4.0
– Domain Joined

– Windows 7 X64
– Windows Server 2008 X64
– Windows Server 2008 R2 X64
– Windows Server 2012

Please download administration guide:1

Download: Z-Hire

Z-Term Active Directory User Termination Tool

I want you to inform a about a great tool Z-Term Active Directory User Termination Tool

This application allows IT administrators to automate common tasks when an employee leaves the company. Usually, IT administrators use multiple consoles and perform variety of tasks to terminate user accounts. This tool allows IT administrator to automate:

Active Directory Tasks
– Disable Active Directory Account
– Reset Active Directory Password
– Move users to dedicated OU
– Remove Active Directory Group membership
– Clear Manager field in AD
– Set Description field
– Set Notes field
– Remove Active Directory Account

Exchange Tasks
– Change Distribution List ownership to
– Set customAttribute5
– Set out of office reply
– Forward Email
– Grant full access permission
– Hide user from Global Adress List
– Remove Calendar items from resources.(remove calendar items where user is an organizer of)
– Cancel meetings from termined user’s mailobx(cancel meetings where user is an organizer of)
– Disable mailbox
– Export mailbox to PST format
– Remove ActiveSync device partnership
– Remote wipe user’s ActiveSync device

– Disable Lync Account

Office 365
– MSOL User – Reset Password
– MSOL User – Remove Office 365 License
– MSOL User – Remove User
– MSOL Exchange – Clear Out of Office Reply
– MSOL Exchange – Hide User from GAL
– MSOL Exchange – Change Distribution List Ownership
– MSOL Exchange – Set CustomAttribute
– MSOL Exchange – Set Out of Office Reply
– MSOL Exchange – Set Grant FullAccess Permission
– MSOL Exchange – Set email forwarding
– MSOL Exchange – Remove calendar items from resource mailboxes

File Operations
– Move home folder
– Export user settings to XML (dump all user data to xml as backup)
– Run custom script ( for advanced users only, contact support for more info )

Screenshot #1 – Active Directory
Screenshot #2 – Exchange
Screenshot #3- File Operations

– .NET 3.5 and .NET 4.0
– Domain Joined

– Windows 7 X64
– Windows Server 2008 X64
– Windows Server 2008 R2 X64
– Windows Server 2012

Please download administration guide: http://www.zohno.com/docs/Z-Term_V4_Administration_Guide.pdf

Download: Z-Term