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This is a blog for John Weber. One of my joys in life is helping others get ahead in life. Content here will be focused on that from this date forward. John was a Skype for Business MVP (2015-2018) - before that, a Lync Server MVP (2010-2014). I used to write a variety of articles (https://tsoorad.blogspot.com) on technical issues with a smattering of other interests. I have a variety of certifications dating back to Novell CNE and working up through the Microsoft MCP stack to MCITP multiple times. FWIW, I am on my third career - ex-USMC, retired US Army. I have a fancy MBA. The opinions expressed on this blog are mine and mine alone.


SfB Front End Prerequisite Install Script

In the SfB documentation, there are two separate references to installing operating system prerequisites before you can install Skype for Business Server 2015 Front ends.  In case you have not compared them, here are the two references:



For the analytical types, comparing the two versions of the PowerShell scripts reveals differences.  I spent a little time comparing the two and then combining them into one string.  Oh, and I tested the outcome by installing a SfB Standard Edition just to check my work.

Here is the script:

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, Desktop-Experience, Telnet-Client, Server-Media-Foundation, BITS

I only did this for the Server 2012 R2 prerequisite installs, because, frankly, I cannot understand why anyone would install a new SfB server on anything but 2012 R2.



Deploy SfB Monitoring Reports on separate SSRS

Oy vay.  This should have been easy.  But no.


SfB EE pool.  I was operating from FE01.  In the same site as the “new” SSRS server.

Using NT Authentication\Network Service to run everything on the SQL install for the SSRS server.

Using an established SFBService account with known passwords.

Using Mixed Windows/SQL authentication.

Using a domain admin account for installs that is CSAdministrator and RTCUniversalServerAdmin as well as added explicitly to the SQL install perms. 

Much like fellow MVP Greig Sheridan, we got this error - to quote the install wizard explicitly:

Could not get objects from namespace root\Microsoft\SqlServer\ReportServer. The RPC server is unavailable. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x800706BA)The RPC server is unavailable. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x800706BA) Cannot get the ReportServerWebService URL. Verify that Reporting Services is deployed and configured properly on the target SQL instance:"fqdn.domain.com", and that WMI is included on the exception list of firewall setting on the server that is running Reporting Services.Invalid parameter

Fix It.

Unlike Greig, I had no option to use a server in the same site.  I was already using a server in the same site.  And before you ask the obvious question, yes, it was the same AD DS site and also the same SfB site (and no they do not necessarily line up, but why would they not?)(Why make life tough?)(and yes, there are times that one SfB site might serve several AD DS sites)

We then worked through the various permissions and the frustrations associated with looking at something that should be working but not. I also queried the local system admin team and determined that leaving the server firewall disabled would create strife between them and the local SecPol Gestapo.  So that option, which I was sure would fix it, was not a valid choice.

So, rather than dither and whine, I opened some firewall rules one at a time, and got success.  And now I know what allows this to work. 

Firewall Rules





test 02 Feb

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