Category Archives: Lync Online

Get in control of your Office 365 usage with PowerShell reporting!

Having deployed different Office 365 workloads often makes you want to get some statistics on how the services are used.
You can find quite a few reports for most of the services in the reporting part of the admin UI. 2015-04-18_20-57-28
The most common ones used are the inactive users and mailboxes reports, but there are also reports on how users are utilizing Lync Online, OneDrive for Business etc.

What not so many people know about is that all these reports and some more are available through Exchange Online PowerShell as well.
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As seen above, we have 61 cmdlets related to reporting in EXO PowerShell, some of them quite interesting. For example, Get-LicenseVsUsageSummaryReport, that will give you a brief overview of how many active users you have compared to the amount of assigned licenses. Detailed information about the cmdlets can be found here.

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Active users per workload in comparison to the amount of licenses assigned to the tenant.

Except the report above, two reports that many of my customers schedule and send out as an email to to admins, are Get-StaleMailboxReport and Get-StaleMailboxDetailReport. Those reports can in many cases help us avoid having to use Get-MailboxStatistics that has been the only option earlier.

Happy reporting!

/Johan

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Unable to Connect to Skype for Business using old BPOS account

Recently I had to make a change in the Skype for Business Online environment of a customer. When I was trying to connect with Remote PowerShell I got an error message saying that it was “Unable to query AutoDiscover URL”.

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It turned out that this customer was once using BPOS, and the domain used at that time was tenant.emea.microsoftonline.com. This domain is not supported to use with Skype for Business, since important DNS records are missing.

Luckily there are two solutions for this problem:

Solution 1

Connect using the -OverrideAdminDomain option, as described in KB2909536.

$cssession = New-CsOnlineSession `
        –Credentials $cred `
        –OverrideAdminDomain 'tenant.onmicrosoft.com'

This will force the cmdlet to look for DNS records at the tenant.onmicrosoft.com domain

Solution 2

This solution requires you to change the user name of the admin account to a supported domain (or create a new account). Renaming accounts can be tricky, but it is worth the job, since the emea.microsoftonline.com domain support is deprecated.

Result

By using a new admin account I was able to connect.

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/ Andreas

Lync Online: External Communiations/Federation not working – “Do it over again…”

Working with IT can sometimes be a pain. You do everything by the book, but it is still not working. (if I got a penny every time i ran in to that… 🙂 )

Enabling External Communiations/Federation in Lync Online is one of the easiest things to do, enable a tick box and make sure that you have all dns records added for Lync Online to work properly.

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What if its not working anyway? Recently that was exactly my case, I had done the extremely difficult operations above, yet external federation was not working.

Solution
After troubleshooting forth and back by enabling logging in the Lync clients, it seemed like my external communiations settings had not been provisioned to back end. The solution I tried then was the following:
Simply disable external communications in the portal and wait 24 hours before you enable it again.
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That did the trick! Sometimes there are easy ways to solve problems. 🙂

/Johan

Automating the creation of Lync Online DNS Records

Recently I implemented Lync Online with a customer that had a lot of custom domain names. Adding the required DNS records manually would literary take hours, but luckily the customer used Windows DNS both internally and externally, so it was easy for me to write a script to add these DNS records.

In my case both DNS servers (internal and external) are running Windows Server 2008 R2. That gives me the option to use dnscmd.exe to add the records. Here is the script I used to add the records. Please note that you may need to modify the script if you are using subdomains.

#Get all domains registered in Office 365
Import-Module MSOnline
Connect-MsolService
$domains = Get-MsolDomain | Where-Object { $_.Name -notlike '*.onmicrosoft.com' }
$dnsserver = 'srv-dns01'

#Loop through all domains and add the required DNS records for all domains
foreach ($domain in $domains) {
    Write-Verbose "Adding records for domain $($domain.Name)"
    &"dnscmd.exe $dnsserver /RecordAdd $($domain.Name) sip CNAME sipdir.online.lync.com"
    &"dnscmd.exe $dnsserver /RecordAdd $($domain.Name) lyncdiscover CNAME webdir.online.lync.com"
    &"dnscmd.exe $dnsserver /RecordAdd $($domain.Name) _sipfederationtls._tcp SRV 100 1 5061 sipfed.online.lync.com."
    &"dnscmd.exe $dnsserver /RecordAdd $($domain.Name) _sip._tls SRV 100 1 443 sipdir.online.lync.com."
} 

Now I reduced this time-consuming (and boring) task to just a few minutes!

/ Andreas

Lync Online: “The user is not found or has not yet been provisioned for Lync Online”

This is an issue that I’ve been seeing a couple of times, but a couple of weeks a go, a nice colleague of mine helped me find a more sustainable solution in that particular case.

Issue:
When you are using Dirsync to synchronize your users from your local AD to WAAD, quite a lot of attributes follow your synchronized objects to WAAD.
Having a Lync Server on premise, your Lync activated users has some 7 attributes starting with msRTCSIP-, as below:

    • msRTCSIP-ApplicationOptions
    • msRTCSIP-DeploymentLocator
    • msRTCSIP-Line
    • msRTCSIP-OwnerUrn
    • msRTCSIP-PrimaryUserAddress
    • msRTCSIP-UserEnabled
    • msRTCSIP-OptionFlags

The problem with these attributes are, that they prevent your Lync Online users to be provisioned.
The error you will get when trying to verify settings on a particular lync user, is “The user is not found or has not yet been provisioned for Lync Online. Please verify that the user exists, wait 60 minutes, and then try again. If the problem continues, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support.”

Solutions:

Option 1. Setup your Lync Server as a Hybrid deployment, as described here.
The problem in my particular case was that the Lync deployment the customer had, did not include an edge server, which is required for a hybrid deployment.

Option 2. Clear the msRTCSIP-* attributes for all Lync users on premise.
This is an option that works very well in smaller environments where you are not required to do some testing before rolling a solution out. 🙂 Since you’re clearing the attributes, Lync for the affected users will stop working on premise.
Clearing the attributes for ALL Lync enabled users on premise, can easily be done with the following PowerShell line using the ActiveDirectory module:

Get-ADUser -Filter {proxyaddresses -like "sip:*"} | 
  Set-ADUser -Clear  msRTCSIP-ApplicationOptions,msRTCSIP-DeploymentLocator,msRTCSIP-Line,msRTCSIP-OwnerUrn,msRTCSIP-PrimaryUserAddress,msRTCSIP-UserEnabled,msRTCSIP-OptionFlags

After clearing the attributes, you first need to force a synchronization of Dirsync, and then you do of course need to repoint your Lync related dns records to Office 365.

Option 3. Exclude the msRTCSIP-* attributes from the Directory Synchronization.
This is something that is needed if you want to try out Lync Online for a couple of users before moving them all to Lync Online.
Note: this requires some ‘major’ Changes in the Synchronization service that Dirsync runs on. Do the steps with caution!

Here is how to do it:
1. Start the Synchronization Service Manager (miisclient.exe) on the DirSync server. In the “Management agents” pane, select properties on the Active Directory connector.

2. In the management agent designer, select “Configure attribute flow” and remove the msRTCSIP for both the User and inetOrgPerson Data Source from the attribute flow as below. Note that you can only remove one attribute at a time.


3. If you have not yet made your first Directory synchronization, you’re now all set to to do that.
If not (which probably is the case since you found this post 🙂 ), you need to to clear the Active Directory Connector space before the problem will be solved. This operation would be equivalent dangerous to installing a new DirSync server in the same domain, e.g. no worries at all.
You will not lose any custom settings as OU or custom attributes that you are using to set your DirSync scope.

Deleting the Active Directory connector space is done with steps as below (it’s safe to click delete):

After the connector space has been deleted, run a Full Dirsync again, wait around 30 minutes and hopefully your Lync Online users have now been provisioned properly.

Hope this helps you if running in to this problem, and remember that it’s always more than one solution to a problem!

/Johan