Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Lync 2013 - Prepare Schema Error (Exit code "8206")


During my explorations of the latest iteration of Lync i've stumbled upon a critical error with the first step when preparing the AD schema for Lync,the error message is fairly useless

Error: Upload C:\Program Files\Microsoft Lync Server 2013\Deployment\Setup\ExternalSchema.ldf failed. The exit code is "8206".
 Type: DeploymentException
  Stack Trace
       at Microsoft.Rtc.Management.Deployment.LcSchema.UploadSchema(String path)
at Microsoft.Rtc.Management.Deployment.LcSchema.PrepareSchema(String ldf, SchemaType schemaType)
at Microsoft.Rtc.Management.Deployment.Tasks.ServerSchemaPrepareTask.Action()

 Seems if the installer (server) cannot contact all Domain Controllers on the domain it fails out with this error. I have a secondary DC powered down to prevent replicating of critical DC issues,unfortunately the installer wants all DCs active to update the domain schema. Hope this helps

SARS E@syFile (Easyfile) restoring old backups

Thought somebody might find this handy

If you need to restore an old version of E@syfile backups ( .db files,the new versions back up using .zip ) you need to do the following:
* Disable time sync on PC
* Set your computer date to January 2011
* Install the 2011 version of EasyFile software ( contact me if you need a copy )
* Disconnect network
* Log in to the client and restore your database backup

After the restore you can start updating client to latest version should you need to