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Skype for Business allows enterprises to deploy a Survivable Branch Appliance (SBA) at branch/remote offices that can switch to a stand-alone mode with limited functionality when the WAN link between the branch and the central site (which is usually corporate HQ) goes down. This page lists the steps needed to deploy Skype for Business SBA at a branch site along with the corresponding configurations needed at the central site.

SBA in Network

Central Site Tasks

Re-deploying the SBA?

If the SBA was previously deployed, and your ASM has been re-initialized, then you may skip over this section and continue starting with the #Branch Site Tasks.

Branch Site Tasks

  1. In the WebUI, click the Tasks tab.
  2. In the left navigation pane, under Lync™ Survivable Branch Appliance, click Setup SBA.
  3. Proceed with these steps in order:
    1. Configuring the ASM IP Settings
    2. Joining the ASM to a Domain
    3. Deploying the SBA
    4. Generate and Import an SBA Certificate
    5. Starting the SBA Services
    6. Applying an SBA Security Template (Optional Step)

Install the Latest Lync SBA Cumulative Update (CU)

To ensure the Lync SBA is running the latest Lync Server patches, administrators should install the latest Cumulative Update

Checking the SBA Status

To confirm that all the SBA services are running properly, check the status by Viewing ASM Operational Status.