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Step by Step Guide for Installing Skype for Business Server 2015

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Microsoft is now all set to roll out of Skype for Business Server 2015. The client is officially out and the Public Release for the Skype for Business Server 2015 is set for 1st May 2015. If you are an Office 365 user, not to worry, Skype for Business is being rolled out as we speak. So let’s go ahead and check how the installation is performed. Note that this post focuses on a fresh deployment of S4B Server 2015. If you are looking at an Upgrade, please see my How to Upgrade post here. Before starting, ensure that you have your hardware all ready. To see the hardware requirements, visit here. For this guide, we will be using Windows Server 2012 R2 server.

Prerequisite Installation

  1. Open Windows PowerShell.
  2. Ensure you have Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation Media is inserted.
  3. Run the following command

    Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-Core, RSAT-ADDS, Windows-Identity-Foundation, Web-Server, Web-Static-Content, Web-Default-Doc, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Asp-Net, Web-Net-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Log-Libraries, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Filtering, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Dyn-Compression, NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Mgmt-Tools, Web-Scripting-Tools, Web-Mgmt-Compat, Server-Media-Foundation, BITS -Source D:\sources\sxs

  4. Restart server if prompted.

 Note: Ensure that the below Operating System Hot fixes are installed.

Install Skype for Business Server Admin Tools

  1. Insert the Skype for Business Server 2015 installation media.
  2. Navigate and run Setup.exe
  3. On the prompt that asks you to install Visual C++, click Yes.
  4. On the next window, if you want the setup to download and install the latest updates for Skype for Business, click Update. If you do not want to install updates and want to continue with the installation, click on Install.

  1. On the License Agreement page, select I accept the terms in the license agreement and click OK.

  2. Wait till the installation is completed. If you opted to download for Windows Update, the setup will display the below window.

  3. Go to Start Menu
  4. Run ‘Skype for Business Server Deployment Wizard’
  5. On the ‘Deployment Wizard’, click on ‘Install Administrative Tools’.

  1. On the Installation window, click Next to begin installation of the Topology Builder and Control Panel.

  1. On the Completion page, click Finish.

Active Directory Preparation

The concept of the Active Directory preparation is pretty much the same as it was in Lync Server deployments.

  1. Go to Start Menu
  2. Run ‘Skype for Business Server Deployment Wizard’

Prepare AD

  1. Click on ‘Prepare Active Directory’

  1. On the ‘Active Directory Preparation’ page, click Run on the ‘Step 1: Prepare schema’ section

  1. On the ‘Prepare Schema’ wizard, proceed with the setup by clicking Next.

  1. Once the schema preparation is completed, review the log and click Finish to close.

Prepare Forest

  1. On the ‘Active Directory Preparation’ page, click Run on the ‘Step 3: Prepare Current Forest’ section.

  1. On the ‘Prepare Forest’ wizard, select Local domain and enter the local domain of your environment and click Next.

  1. Once the setup is completed review the log and click Finish to close.

Prepare Domain

  1. On the ‘Active Directory Preparation’ page, click Run on the ‘Step 5: Prepare Current Domain’ section.

  1. On the Prepare Domain wizard, click Next.

  1. Once the setup is completed review the log and click Finish to close.

Configure Service Accounts

  1. Log on to the Domain Controller as a member of the Domain Admins group.
  2. Open the Active Directory Users and Computers.
  3. Navigate to Users container and right click on the CSAdministration, select Properties.
  4. On the CSAdministrator Properties window, click the Members tab.
  5. Click Add, On the ‘Enter the object names to select’, Type the user name add to the group CSAdministrators.

  1. Click OK.
  2. Verify and that the Members section includes the added user names and click OK.
  3. Go to the Server that will be used for the Front-End.
  4. Log off and login from the account that was used earlier.
  5. Go to Start Menu and open Skype for Business Server Deployment Wizard.
  6. On the Deployment Wizard, verify that Prepare Active Directory section is marked as Complete.

Configure DNS

  1. Log on to the Domain Controller as a member of the Domain Admins group.
  2. Go to Start and open DNS
  3. On the DNS Manager window, navigate to your domain container under the Forward Lookup Zones.
  4. Right click the domain, select New Host (A or AAAA).

  1. On the New Host window, enter the appropriate FQDN’s and associated IP addresses.
    1. Skype for Business Auto Discover
    2. Internal Web Services FQDN
    3. Pool FQDN
    4. Meeting Simple URL
    5. Dial-in Simple URL
    6. Admin Simple URL
    7. Mobility FQDN

  1. Once completed, click Done to exit.
  2. On the Domain container, right click and select Other New Records

  1. In ‘Select a resource record type’, click ‘Service Location (SRV)’, and click ‘Create Record’
  2. Enter the below values
    1. Service: _sipinternaltls
    2. Protocol: _tcp
    3. Priority: 0
    4. Weight: 0
    5. Port Number: 5061
    6. Host offering this service:

  1. Click OK and click Done to close the window.
  2. Verify DNS entries by using nslookup.

Define Topology

  1. Go to Start Menu
  2. Run Skype for Business Server Topology Builder
  3. In the Topology Builder window, select New Topology and click OK

  1. Provide a name and path to the new Topology
  2. Create New Topology Wizard will open.
  3. On the Define the primary domain page, enter your organizations Primary SIP Domain and click Next.

  1. On the Specify additional supported domains page, enter any other SIP domains that you would like to enable with Skype for Business and click Next.

  1. On the Define the first site page, enter a Name and Description for your deployment and click Next.

  1. On the next page, enter the Site details.

  1. On the New topology was successfully defined page, select the ‘Open the New Front End Wizard when this wizard closes’ option and click Finish.
  2. On the new window, Define the New Front End pool click Next.
  3. Enter the FQDN that will be used to address the Front End pool. Note: If Enterprise Edition is selected the FQDN should be the pool name (ex: pool.domain.name) and if Standard Edition is selected, the FQDN should be the FQDN of the Front End server.

  1. Click Next to proceed.
  2. Enter the FQDN’s of the servers that will be used as Front-End Servers and click Next.

  1. On the Select features page, select the services that you want to associate with the Front End servers. (For this lab, we will only select Conferencing)

  1. Skip the Select collocated server role by clicking Next.

  1. On the Define the SQL server store page click New, you need to provide the information of your SQL server.

  1. On the Define New SQL Store, enter the SQL Server FQDN
  2. Select Default instance. (This will use existing instance from your SQL)
  3. Click OK to close the window.

  1. On the Define the SQL server store page, click Next to proceed.
  2. On the Define the file store page, select Define a new file store.
  3. Enter the FQDN of the computer that will be used as the File Store on the File server FQDN text box.
  4. Enter the Folder Name that is created under the File Share text box and click Next.

  1. On the Specify the Web Services URL page,
    1. select the Override Internal Web Services pool FQDN and enter the Internal URL that will be used to access your Skype for Business Web Services.
    2. Under the External Base URL, enter the public URL that will be used to access Skype for Business web services from internet.

  1. Click Next.
  2. On the Select an Office Web Apps Server page,
    1. Click New to associate a new OWA server.

  1. Enter the FQDN of the Office Web Apps Server and the URL and click OK.

  1. Select Finish to complete the Front End Pool provisioning.

  1. On the Topology Builder, right click the Skype for Business Server on the top left corner, click Edit Properties from the menu.

  1. On the Edit Properties window, navigate to Simple URLs section and enter the Administrative Access URL and click OK.

Publish Topology

  1. On the Skype for Business Server Topology Builder, right click on Skype for Business Server and click on Publish Topology from the menu.

  1. On the Publish the topology page, click Next

  1. On the Select Central Management Server page, select the Front End pool from the drop down list and click Next.

  1. On the Select databases page, select the database you have assigned, click Next.

  1. On the Publishing wizard completion page, review and click Finish to exit.

Deploy Front End

  1. Go to Start and run Skype for Business Server Deployment Wizard
  2. On Deployment Wizard page, click Install or Update Skype for Business Server System.

Install Local Configuration Store

  1. In order to Install the local configuration store for the front end server, Click Run on Step 1: Install Local Configuration Store

  1. On the Configure Local replica of Central Management Store page, select Retrieve directly from the CMS and click Next.

  1. Once the installation is completed, review and click Finish to exit.

Install Front-End services

  1. Back on the Deployment Wizard, Click Run on Step 2: Setup or Remove Skype for Business Server Components. This will install the services that are assigned to the Front End server from the Topology.

  1. On the Set Up Skype for Business Server Components page, proceed with the installation.

  1. Once the setup is completed, review the log for additional information and click Finish to exit.

Assign Certificates

  1. On the Deployment Wizard window, click run under ‘Step 3: Request, Install or Assign Certificates’

  1. This will open the Certificate Wizard, select all the three ticks under Default Certificate section and click Request.

  1. On the Certificate Request window,
    1. Select the CA from the drop down list.
    2. Enter a friendly name
    3. Enter the Organization name and unit
    4. Select the Country and provide other geographical information required
    5. Under the SIP domain list, select the domains that will be used under the certificate.

  1. Click Advanced.
  2. A Certificate Request window will open.
  3. On the Delayed or Immediate Requests page, select ‘Send the request immediately to an online certification authority’ and click Next.

  1. Check the ‘Select a CA in your environment’ option and from the drop down list, select the Certificate Authority in your Active Directory Environment, click Next.

  1. If the Certificate Authority requires alternate credential, select the checkbox and enter the details.

  1. On the Name and Security Settings page, review if the Friendly Name given earlier is present for the certificate. Make sure to select 2048 as the Bit length and to tick the ‘Mark the certificate’s private key as exportable’. Click Next.

  1. On the Configure Additional Subject Alternative Names page, enter new and review the FQDNs listed and click Next. For this lab I will use the Web Services URLs inside the Primary Certificate.

  1. On the Certificate Request Summary page, review all the information and click Next to start the certificate request process.

  1. Select ‘Assign this certificate to Skype for Business Server certificate usages’ from the Online Certificate Request Status page and click Finish.

  1. A new window will open. Click Next.

  1. On the Certificate Assignment Summary page, review the certificate information and click Next.

  1. Once the execution is completed, review the status using view log and clock Finish to exit.

  1. To request and assign a certificate for the OAuthTokenIssuer repeat the process under the Certificate Wizard.
  2. Once completed your Certificate Wizard should be completed.

Start Services

Now we have completed the installation and assigned certificates and has come to the point of starting up Lync services for this server. You can do a server restart where at this point which will make all the services run Automatically. But if you want to start the services manually follow the below steps.

  1. Go to Start.
  2. Open Skype for Business Server Management Shell

  1. Type the below command and press enter

    To start the entire Front End Pool     – Start-CsPool

    To start only a single Front End Server     – Start-CsWindowsService

  2. Once the startup is completed navigate to Windows Services MMC and verify that all Skype for Business Server Services are in a Running Status.

  1. Now go to Start, open Skype for Business Server 2015 Control Panel. (Ensure Silverlight is installed)

Now you can perform enabling users and perform other configuration tasks.

    Please note that the above information is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights. The content may be changed as and when the finalized information is been publicly announced by Microsoft.

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