Deploy Persistent Chat Server in Skype for Business Server 2015

Summary: Read this topic to learn how to deploy Skype for Business Server 2015 Persistent Chat Server.

To deploy Persistent Chat Server, you:

  • Use Topology Builder to define, or import, and subsequently publish your topology and the components that you want to deploy

  • Prepare your environment for deploying Persistent Chat Server components

  • Install and configure Persistent Chat Server components for your deployment

Before you deploy Persistent Chat Server, you should read Plan for Persistent Chat Server in Skype for Business Server 2015. The planning topics describe hardware and software requirements, possible topologies, and collocation scenarios.

Deployment checklist

You can deploy Persistent Chat Server after you deploy your initial topology, including at least one Skype for Business Server Front End pool or one Skype for Business Standard Edition Server. The deployment checklist describes the basic steps required to deploy Persistent Chat Server and provides links for more details.

Persistent Chat Server Deployment Process

Task Steps Required roles and group memberships Related topics
Install prerequisite hardware and software
On hardware that meets system requirements, install the following:
On the Persistent Chat Server Front End Servers:
An operating system that meets system requirements
Software prerequisites for computers running Skype for Business Server
On the server that will host the Persistent Chat Server database:
A supported version of SQL Server
If Persistent Chat Server compliance is required:
SQL Server on the server that will host the Persistent Chat Server compliance database
Any user who is a member of the local Administrators group.
Server requirements for Skype for Business Server 2015
Environmental requirements for Skype for Business Server 2015
Hardware and software requirements for Persistent Chat Server in Skype for Business Server 2015
Create the appropriate internal topology to support Persistent Chat Server (and optionally, Persistent Chat compliance)
Run Topology Builder to add a Persistent Chat Server pool to your topology:
Add Persistent Chat Server components to the topology
Create a SQL Server database for the Persistent Chat Server store (and a backup SQL Server for disaster recovery)
Define a new Skype for Business File Store or use an existing Skype for Business File Store for Persistent Chat Server files
Associate the Skype for Business Server pool that can route requests to this Persistent Chat Server pool
If Persistent Chat compliance is required:
Add Persistent Chat Compliance Store
Click the Persistent Chat Server pool definition check box for enabling compliance
Publish the topology.
If you install Persistent Chat Server on Standard Edition, the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the Persistent Chat Server pool must match the Standard Edition server, and the SQL Server databases are collocated on the SQL Server Express instance on the Standard Edition server
To define a topology, an account that is a member of the local Users group.
To publish the topology, an account that is a member of the Domain Admins group and RTCUniversalServerAdmins group, and the user should also have full control permissions (read/write/modify) on the Skype for Business File Store for Persistent Chat Server files (so that Topology Builder can configure the required DACLs).
Create and publish new topology in Skype for Business Server 2015
Add Persistent Chat Server to your Skype for Business Server 2015 topology
Deploy Persistent Chat Server
Run the Skype for Business Server setup on all the computers running Persistent Chat Server. The Persistent Chat Server setup is integrated into the Skype for Business Server Deployment wizard that provides the following instructions:
Deploy local management store
Install Persistent Chat services
Request and assign certificates
Run and start the services
Any user who is a member of the local Administrators group.
Deploy Persistent Chat Server in Skype for Business Server 2015
Create a Persistent Chat administrator
Add users to the CsPersistentChatAdministrator security group.
Any user who is a member of domain administrators.
Create a Persistent Chat administrator in Skype for Business Server 2015
Configure Persistent Chat Server
Configure users:
User has to be enabled by policy to access Persistent Chat Server. By default, the policy is turned off for all users and can be defined at global/site/pool/user scopes.
Configure settings
User must be a member of CsPersistentChatAdministrator. To change policy, user must be in CsUserAdministrator, at a minimum.
Manage Persistent Chat Server in Skype for Business Server 2015