Lync 2013 Server Control Panel: Navigation to the webpage was canceled

Today I logged into my newly installed Lync 2013 Server and received the error above.

What this means is that the SSL Cert is not set in IIS under bindings.

Simply fix, go to IIS Manager, Select Lync Server Internal Web Site and then click Bindings in the action menu.

Select HTTPS and then click the Edit button. Choose the correct SSL certificate from the drop down list.

Once you have clicked OK, close IIS Manager and open up an elevated command prompt. Run an IISRESET and then open up the Lync 2013 control panel again and you can login, also make sure your DNS settings are correct if you upgraded from an earlier version of Lync.

Hope it helps

Upgrade a Domain Controller from Evaluation to Full

Today I am busy upgrading all my windows licenses and when trying to activate a Windows Server 2012 DC I ran into the following:

“Changing this Windows edition is not supported online for a domain controller”

Pretty straight forward, MS don’t support this for DC’s so to get around it you will need to do the following to upgrade the license:

1. Demote the Domain controller (only do this if you have multiple DC’s in your environment, if not first introduce another one and move the roles to the new DC)

2. Once the server has rebooted you can run the following command to change from Eval to Full: Dism /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:YourKey /AcceptEula

3. The server will reboot twice. Windows 2012 will then activate.

4. Promote your DC again. Activation complete.

Hope it helps

Mailbox Exports stuck in a Queued Status

Today I am exporting mail to PST so I can start consolidating my Exchange Servers and when running the New-MailboxExportRequest command you might find that the mailboxes just stay in a queued status without processing. You can check this by running the following command:

Get-MailboxExportRequest | Get-MailboxExportRequestStatistics

To fix the problem above simply open up Services.msc and restart the Microsoft Exchange Replication Service, give it a few min and if you run the above command you will see the Percentage Completed Column start showing you info instead of 0%.

Hope it helps