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Associating a monitoring store with a Front End pool in Skype for Business Server

Skype for Business Server 2015
 

Topic Last Modified: 2015-02-22

In Skype for Business Server 2015 monitoring data can only be collected on Front End pools that have been associated with a monitoring store, a task typically carried out when you define a Front End pool in Topology Builder. To associate a monitoring store with a new Front End pool, make sure that you select the option Monitoring (call detail recording and logging of quality of experience metrics) on the Select Features page of the Define New Front End Pool wizard. Note that, if you select this option, you must also specify a SQL store in order to complete the wizard; however, this store does not have to exist at the time you run the wizard. That means that you can first associate a pool with a monitoring store, then later setup and configure that store.

Alternatively, you can associate an existing Front End pool with a new or different monitoring store by completing the following procedure:

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Skype for Business Server 2015, and then click Skype for Business Server Topology Builder.

  2. In the Topology Builder dialog box, select Download Topology from existing deployment and then click OK.

  3. In the Save As dialog box, enter a file name for your current topology and then click Save. The saved topology can later be retrieved and re-published in case there are problems with the new topology.

  4. In Topology Builder, expand Skype for Business Server 2015, expand the name of the site containing the Front End pool, then click expand Enterprise Edition Front End pools.

  5. Right-click the name of the pool to be associated with the monitoring store and then click Edit Properties.

  6. In the Edit Properties dialog box, on the General tab, select the option Monitoring (CDR and QoE metrics) and then select an existing SQL Server database from the Monitoring SQL Server store dropdown list. (Or, click New to associate the pool with a new database store.) If you choose to use a new database store then, in the Define New SQL Store dialog box, enter the fully qualified domain name of the SQL Server computer in the Sql Server FQDN box. If you want to use the default SQL Server instance for that store select Default Instance; otherwise select Named Instance and enter the instance name in the Named Instance box.

    The Edit Properties dialog box also gives you the option of creating a SQL mirror for your monitoring database (a SQL mirror enables you to maintain two copies of your monitoring database, one copy stored on the monitoring store computer and the other on the SQL mirror computer). To enable mirroring, select This SQL instance is in mirroring relation and enter the port number for the mirror server in the Mirroring port number box.

  7. In the Edit Properties dialog box, click OK.

After associating the monitoring store with a Front End pool you must publish the new topology before the changes take effect. To publish your new topology, complete the following steps in Topology Builder:

  1. Click Action, point to Topology, and then click Publish.

  2. In the Publish Topology wizard, on the Publish the topology page, click Next.

  3. On the Publishing wizard complete page, click Finish.

After the topology has been published you can then install the monitoring database on the computer that will host the monitoring store. The monitoring database can be installed by using the Skype for Business Server Management Shell and Windows PowerShell. To install the database locally (that is, to install the database on the same computer where you are running the Skype for Business Server Management Shell), start the Management Shell on the appropriate computer, then type in the following command and press ENTER:

Install-CsDatabase -LocalDatabases

When you run the preceding command, Install-CsDatabase will read the current Skype for Business Server topology, determine which databases need to be installed on the local computer, and then automatically install and configure each of those databases.

To install the database on a remote computer (that is, a computer other than the computer where the Management Shell is running) you must include at least two parameters: the ConfiguredDatabases parameter and the SqlServerFqdn parameter. These parameters tell the Install-CsDatabase cmdlet to retrieve the Skype for Business Server topology and then install and configure the required databases on the computer specified by the SqlServerFqdn parameter. The SqlServerFqdn parameter must use a parameter value representing the fully qualified domain name of the computer where the databases are to be installed.

For example, this command installs the monitoring database on the computer atl-sql-001.litwareinc.com:

Install-CsDatabase -ConfiguredDatabases -SqlServerFqdn atl-sql-001.litwareinc.com

Alternatively, you can install the monitoring database by running the Skype for Business Server Deployment Wizard on the computer that will host the monitoring store. To do this, log on to the appropriate computer and complete the following procedure:

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Skype for Business Server 2015, and then click Skype for Business Server Deployment Wizard.

  2. In the Deployment Wizard, click Install or Update Skype for Business Server System.

  3. On the Deploy page, under Step 2: Setup or Remove Skype for Business Server Components, click Run Again.

  4. In the Setup Skype for Business Server components wizard, on the Setup Skype for Business Server components page, click Next.

  5. On the Specify path to MSIs page, type the path to the file Ocscore.msi (a file included with your Skype for Business Server installation media) and then click Next.

  6. On the Executing Commands page, click Finish.

To ensure that all the required Skype for Business Server services have started, click Run under the heading Step 4: Start Services on the Deploy page

 
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