Test-EdgeConnectivity.ps1

The larger and more complex your on-prem SfB installation is, the greater the likelihood of encountering firewall problems.

If you run this script on your Front-End server(s) it will:

  • query the topology to find all of the Edge servers. (Add the “-site” switch to only retrieve those in a given topology site)
  • initiate a TCP probe to all of them on all the ports that should be open: 443, 4443, 5061, 5062, 8057 & 50001
  • output the results to screen
  • output the results to the pipeline as an object
  • save the results in the log file in csv format

The one thing it won’t do is attempt a UDP connection to port 3478. (OK, and yes I’m figuring if 50001 is open, so will 50002 and 50003).

Test-EdgeConnectivity

Download

Download the script from the Technet Gallery site.

Revision History

v1.0 10th December 2018. This is the initial release.

 
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Lync 2013 / SfB 2015 Client Security Update – November 2018

It’s been a month since our last update to the client and quite some time since we’ve seen a security update. This update brings one fix. Kb 4461487 takes the Office 2013-based client from 15.0.5071.1000 to 15.0.5085.1000.

What’s Fixed

What’s New / Changed

Nothing documented.

Known Issues

Nothing documented.

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Lync 2013 / SfB 2015 Client Update – October 2018

It’s been a month since our last update to the client and our October update brings one fix. Kb 4461446 takes the Office 2013-based client from 15.0.5065|5067.1000 to 15.0.5071.1000.

What’s Fixed

  • Kb 4464953 Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013) freezes when you receive many emoticons

What’s New / Changed

Nothing documented.

Known Issues

Nothing documented.

Continue reading ‘Lync 2013 / SfB 2015 Client Update – October 2018’ »

A Wi-Fi Polycom VVX

Whilst browsing the UCS 5.8 release notes I couldn’t help but notice the addition of support for Wi-Fi connectivity, added to all phones in the range that possess a USB port (except the VVX1500 apparently). This is delivered via an Obihai USB dongle, the “OBiWiFi5G” – which I was able to pick up for $AUD45 at the Bays Du e. So now we have the makings of a wireless VVX…

VVX500 dongle

Well, it’s only kinda wireless – it’s still tethered to power, and that hardly makes it wireless. I wondered what we could do about that… but I’ll address that in my next post.

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Lync 2013 / SfB 2015 Client Update – September 2018

It’s been a month since our last update to the client and our fresh Spring update [here in the southern hemisphere] brings one fix. Kb4092457 takes the Office 2013-based client from 15.0.5059.1000 to “15.0.5067.1000” (according to the KB).

The client – and get-csconnections – report it as 15.0.5065.1000.

What’s Fixed

  • Kb 4346575 Can’t transfer a team call to a team member by clicking the Transfer button in Skype for Business.

What’s New / Changed

Nothing documented.

Known Issues

Nothing documented.

Continue reading ‘Lync 2013 / SfB 2015 Client Update – September 2018’ »

Optimising Polycom VVX background images

If you go looking for the details of the wallpaper or background image sizes for the VVX family of phones you might fall into the same trap I did.

You might have seen this table in the documentation:

Phone model Optimal background image size (in pixels)
VVX 300 and 310 208 x 104 pixels
VVX 400 and 410 320 x 240 pixels
VVX 500 320 x 240 pixels
VVX 600 480 x 272 pixels
VVX 1500 800 x 480 pixels

What isn’t immediately apparent is that this is the FULL screen size, not the USEABLE size. Place a logo too close to the top or bottom and it will be cut off by the “title bar” with the time display and line details at the top, or the softkeys at the bottom.

It also became clear in the process of testing this that despite the 400- and 500-series having the same absolute size, their useable size differ slightly, potentially requiring a different background image for each.

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Lync 2013 / SfB 2015 Client Update – August 2018

Coming not a fortnight after our last update to the client, this one reeks of a “whoops” – and yes it does look like it could fix some amusing/embarrassing issues. The Office 2013-based client jumps 10 builds to 15.0.5059.1000 courtesy of Kb4032250.

What’s Fixed

  • Kb4346579 User’s display name that has special characters is shown with an emoticon in Skype for Business
  • Kb4346578 Can’t input messages until clicking participants list after taking control in screen sharing in Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013)
  • Kb4346577 The display name with an ampersand (&) is incorrectly shown in IM conversation window in Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013)

What’s New / Changed

Nothing documented.

Known Issues

Nothing documented.

Continue reading ‘Lync 2013 / SfB 2015 Client Update – August 2018’ »