Building a Skype for Business Standard Edition Server

Run through of a Skype for Business Standard Edition Server.

I’ve had a few requests to run through the build of a Skype for Business Standard Edition Server - so here it is. It’s pretty straight forward really, if anything it’s simpler and more reliable than Lync 2013 was from an installation point of view.

Firstly, you need an einvlorment to install in to. For my demo purposes I have the following Setup - note that each role has had Windows update run on them to bring them bang up to date.

This is a Windows 2012 R2 Server with the following roles installed:

  • Active Directory domain controller for CONTOSO.local.
  • DNS server.
  • PKI (Certificate Authority) for private certificates.

This is a Windows 2012 R2 Server that we’ll use for the Standard Edition Server builds.

Windows 10 Client/Office2013.

Windows 10 Client/Office 2013.

For Skype for Business Standard Edition on Windows 2012 R2, you’ll need
KB2982006 installing - so go get that, and get it installed.

In terms of the environment, in my demo I assume the users can have SIP addresses and

The flow of the installation is outlined pretty well
in this article here from Microsoft. It follows this process:

2015-08-07 Flow

This is the process I follow in the video below - so let’s run through the specific elements.

The server needs a number of roles installing to support Skype for Business. You can see those
pre-reqs here. The simplest way to install them is to install from an elevated PowerShell Prompt. You can use this command by copying/pasting into that PowerShell session to install the pre-reqs:

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

Note that if your machine doesn’t have Internet access you’ll need the Windows DVD, and you’ll also need to specify the path with -source as I’ve done in red above.

Once the above are installed, you’ll need to reboot.

Create a Fileshare
You’ll need to
create a file share for various server components. In my video, I’ve created one in the root of C: and shared it as S4BStore. The Administrators group on the machine you create the share must be given full control of that share.

Install the Admin Tools
Next, from the Skype for Business DVD,
install the admin tools. It’s pretty easy.

Prepare Active Directory
We need to
prepare the schema, and the local domain. Again, pretty easy, and I show you in the video how to do it.

Create DNS Records
You need to
create the DNS zones and records to support the domains - in this instance we’re using and For my demo environment, I create these records:

2015-08-07 ContosoCOM

Create & Publish the Skype for Business Topology
Next, you need to
create and publish the Skype for Business topology. I run through this in the video.

Prepare the first Standard Edition Server
Again, I show you how to do this in the video.

Install Skype for Business Components
The installer takes information from the published topology and installs the relevant components. This is demonstrated in the video.

Once the above is done, and we’ve started the services (using run Start-CsPool –PoolFQDN stdfe.contoso.local from the Skype for Business Management Shell), we can get some users configured and logged in. Again, all in the video

It’s pretty straight forward really - honest!

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