2021 mugshot: a Victa Redphone

I’ve long been fascinated by electro-mechanical devices – a contraption that uses electricity to make things move in the real world. This explains my love of pinball machines, and of the wonderful mechanisms inside public telephones (“PTs”), both of which I have examples of in our home today. It probably also explains the drive to …

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SfB 2019 Server Update – November 2020

Following hot on the heels of this week’s update to SfBS 2015, we have the equivalent version for 2019. This is build 7.0.2048.248, and it updated only two components on my Standard Edition Front-End. (The last update was to 7.0.2046.244 released in September). What’s Fixed? Just the one update: Kb 4576668 Support push notification for …

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SfB 2015 Server Update – November 2020

It’s been four months since we saw an update for Skype for Business Server 2015, which was a rare security update that took us to 6.0.9319.591. This is build 6.0.9319.598, and it updated only two components on my Standard Edition Front-End. What’s Fixed? This cumulative update includes a defense in depth fix and enables Location-Based …

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Lync 2013 / SfB 2015 Client Updates – 2020

I last blogged updates to the Office 2013 / Skype for Business 2015 client in August last year. There appear to have been two releases in the intervening period. Lync 2013 / SfB 2015 Client Update – March 2020 Kb 4484097. The version number of this update is 15.0.5223.1000. It contained one documented fix: Kb …

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Use PowerShell to clear stubborn file attributes

For several years we’ve used a basic data backup program that exploits the archive bit on files to determine if they need to be backed up or not. We run a weekly full backup with daily differentials. After the weekly backup is run, the archive bit is reset on all files, ready for the next …

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Ribbon SBC v9 Adds Emergency Notifications

Amongst the new features in Ribbon’s v9 release of firmware for its 1k, 2k and SWe-Lite family of SBCs is support for “Kari’s Law”. Kari’s Law Kari’s Law is named in honour of Kari Hunt, who was killed by her estranged husband in a motel room in Marshall, Texas in 2013. Ms. Hunt’s 9-year-old daughter …

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SfB 2019 Server Update – September 2020

With the dust still settling from last week’s Ignite we can get back to our usual routine, and what better way to do this than with CU4(?) for SfBS 2019. Our last update was July’s security update to 7.0.2046.236, and this new release (7.0.2046.244) updated nine components on my Standard Edition Front-End. What’s Fixed? Kb …

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Server 2016 – Unable to set Certificate to Issue

I recently hit a brick wall while trying to update a certificate template in my stand-alone Server 2016 Certificate Authority. My goal was to add the “Client Authentication” policy to the the Web Server template, but whilst I could create the new template without any problems, Windows wouldn’t let me add it to the list …

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