Reset Skype for Business settings

Posted by paris on Apr 12, 2017 in Random

Had a user who was getting blank screens when opening chat windows for Skype for Business and he couldn’t see text or type in messaging window so I thought I’d reset all the settings :


Close Lync.exe

Close Outlook.exe


Delete Folder : \%AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Lync

Delete in Registry following key:


3) Reopen Skype for Business

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Roll Back \ Downgrade of ESX 6.5 to ESX 6 Settings

Posted by paris on Dec 23, 2016 in Random

After I found HP’s version of 6.5 wasn’t stable yet : http://pariswells.com/blog/random/hp-vmware-6-5-psod 

We needed to roll back to v6 UP2

You can usually do this if you’ve done an upgrade by Pressing SHIFT and R on the Vmware load screen and roll back to the old version. For some reason the upgrade process had not set a restore point so we will have to do this manually.

I did try the below method of backing up and restore the config files , however this does not work between versions 🙁 


vicfg-cfgbackup.pl --server ESXi_host_IP_address -s backup.tgz
vicfg-cfgbackup.pl --server=ESXi_host_IP_address --username=root -l backup.tgz
vicfg-cfgbackup.pl --server=ESXi_host_IP_address --username=root -r

So we will have to do this manually

Settings to copy down before reinstall.

  1. IP/Subnet/Gateway and DNS of Server
  2. All VSwitch Configurations ( Names , Vlan ID’s ) as well as VKernel IP’s
  3. Make sure if your using NFS You get the paths for these , also check the VSwitch Active Active Settings ( E.g. IP Hash ) 
  4. Scratch Disk Locations ( Click the Configuration tab, then click Advanced Settings under Software. Ensure that Syslog.global.logDir  )
  5. NTP Settings

Reinstall server from scratch and reenter manually


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