I know that there are a few functions and scripts like this available. Honestly, the roots of this function are a bit older.

Now some of the developers at enabling Technology tweaked and extended my old function, and they also quashed out a few bugs!

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The Problem with the Ghost or Phantom presence continues, and it might cause more and more problems! Spoiler alter: Microsoft is working on it.

Ghost presence

Ghost presence

First a wrap-up of the issue itself:

  • The Microsoft Teams Clients sets my Skype for Business presence to available (green) as soon as I start it
  • When I manually set myself to busy or do not disturb (Both should indicate red) it stays with available (green) as Skype for Business presence
  • If I place a phone call or join a meeting in Microsoft Teams (Yep, I use Microsoft Teams more and more) the Skype for Business presence is still available (green)
    Chats and calls from Skype for Business arrive on my (iOS based) Smartphone Client, because I don’t start the Skype for Business Client all the time (anymore).

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The Voice capabilities for Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business Online keep getting better and better. Microsoft also launched the Call Analytics and the Microsoft Call Quality Dashboard as previews in Office 365. The last one is also known as CQD for a while. Both are great tools to Analyse Calls and drill down everything when someone reports an issue.

I migrated my user to cloud only a while ago. And I also use the Microsoft CloudPBX services for in- and outbound calls. I use both clients, Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams on my Mac, and the iPhone.
I also have a Polycom VVX 500 Desk-Phone that I use from time to time, but most of the time I use my iPhone with a Headset.

There is a lot that you can view and analyse. And it also helps you to decide things!

Here is something that I found very useful: My old network was fully managed and there is Quality of Services (QoS) configured. I moved to another location in January, where QoS isn’t configured yet. Even with a regular DSL connection (nothing else is available yet) the quality is mostly good! I had only a few echos, most of them on my iPhone while moving around, and i know that this is not the best idea.

Even when the Call Analytics shows that the call was poor, my experience was good. And I asked the other party while I was moving around in the office, and he told me that the quality was ok.

Poor call details

Poor call details

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ADFS was down

And here is a small update on that:
Because others seem to have the same issue that I had, I cannot recommend to installation of KB4077525 on any ADFS Server! It looks like. that the problem occurs mostly with ADFS Server Farms that use WID as a backend. However, I cannot guarantee that it works better with a “real” SQL Server backend instead of WID.

If you want to give it a try, do yourself a big favour and use the AD FS Rapid Restore Tool to create a backup before. And maybe you should do a Backup of your OS before (Or a Snapshot if you have a Hypervisor, like I do).

Original article content:
Microsoft released the KB4077525 (OS Build 14393.2097) Fix, this fix contains some Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) related bugfixes.

ADFS related Fixes in KB4077525

ADFS related Fixes in KB4077525

In my case, this one was the reason why I immediately applied it:

Addresses issue where AD FS incorrectly displays the Home Realm Discovery (HRD) page when an identity provider (IDP) is associated with a relying party (RP) in an OAuth Group. Unless multiple IDPs are associated with the RP in the OAuth Group, the user will not be shown the HRD page. Instead, the user will go directly to the associated IDP for authentication.

KB4077525

KB4077525

Right after applying the system asked for a reboot…

And then my headache started! The Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) didn’t start. Lots of Error 102,220, and 352 in the Eventlog!
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I came across the following challenge: Automate the upload of several build artefacts to the BitBucket cloud service downloads section.
You might ask yourself “why is this a challenge“, and the answer was a little shock for me: “cause it is something that might get very complicated with Windows PowerShell 5“.
I did some test on my Mac and I find it very easy with curl.

curl -X POST "https://MyUsername:[email protected]/2.0/repositories/dummyTeam/myproject/downloads" --form files=@"/home/dev/release\myproject-current.zip"

But curl is not available an my build server. So I tried to get it working with Invoke-RestMethod or Invoke-WebRequest. I ended up very frustrated! Searched around and found a lot of people that seem to have the same problem, but none of the answers seemed to work, at least not for me. Maybe an issue of the BitBucket cloud API, but I think it is more a general issue of Windows PowerShell.
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