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Skype for Business 2015 Standard Deployment - Certificate Installation with .local domain

Last Modified: 2015-10-23
I'm in the process of deploying my first Skype for Business 2015.

The previous administrator configured the local domain with all of the servers using a .local domain.
In deploying the server and on the "Define New Front End Pool" I'm using the Standard Edition Server as this is a small deployment and I only want to use one server. I'm under the understanding that the Enterprise edition can't be installed on one server and has to be configured with at least one other server as the SQL server, right?

Anyhow, in defining the initial FQDN I had initially used an external .com domain and ran through the wizard and attempted to deploy the topology, but ran into an error. Googling this error confirmed that when using the standard edition of Skype for Business 2015 you had to use the servers actual FQDN, which is skypesvr.domain.local. In doing that it also set the internal web service URL to that domain, not allowing that to be changed.

I want to use an external 3rd Party SSL Cert however third party SSL providers don't allow the use of .local domains anymore.

So is my only choice to use an internal CA in this case? Will that work properly and seamlessly with external clients?

Or I read that with an enterprise deployment that you can use another FQDN other than the server name, which would circumvent this problem however I would have to use more than 1 server and would have to use the Standard Edition of SQL right?

I'm trying to keep this as simple as possible. Thanks!
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