Prepare an account for Surface Hub (Pre-SP1)

Microsoft did a good job on creating the Surface Hub documentation on TechNet here:

However it’s also an extensive read. For which we decided to dive into and make a little subset of commands, needed for the account creation for a Surface Hub.

Also the used commands and creation/validation scripts are valid on an Exchange 2013 SP1 or later environment. If you’re one of those rocking an older version, RTM, for whatever reason; this read might be for you.
This is because we now will use an alternative way of enabling the account and setting the password – in SP1 and later this can be done by using the same command.

Below commands are used and tested in an Exchange 2013 RTM environment;

Account Variables:

<Surface Hub UPN> e.g.
<Surface Hub Alias> e.g. SurfaceHub01
<Surface Hub Name> e.g. Surface Hub 01
<Surface Hub Password> e.g. F4br1k4m@2016
ActiveSync Policy $eapolicy is a variable for a new policy, but any applicable policy can be used.
<S4B Poolname> Lync or Skype for Business Pool Name


Create User Account

and Enable it in Exchange. From Exchange Management Shell:

New-Mailbox -UserPrincipalName <Surface Hub UPN> -Alias <Surface Hub Alias> -Name “<Surface Hub Name>” -Room

Create ActiveSync Policy

with “PasswordEnabled $True”. Of course, an already created one could be used as well:

$easPolicy = New-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy -Name “SurfaceHubs” -PasswordEnabled $false -AllowNonProvisionableDevice $true

Set ActiveSync Policy

Set-Mailbox “<Surface Hub UPN>” -Type Regular

Set-CASMailbox “<Surface Hub UPN>” -ActiveSyncMailboxPolicy $easPolicy

Set Room Mailbox Settings again

Set-Mailbox “<Surface Hub UPN>” -Type Room

Set correct Exchange Settings

Set-CalendarProcessing -Identity “<Surface Hub UPN>” -AutomateProcessing AutoAccept -AddOrganizerToSubject $false –AllowConflicts $false –DeleteComments $false -DeleteSubject $false -RemovePrivateProperty $false -AddAdditionalResponse $true -AdditionalResponse ‘This is a <tla rid=”surface_hub”/> room!’

Disable password expiry and enable account

Set-ADAccountPassword “<Surface Hub UPN>”‘ -Reset -NewPassword (ConvertTo-SecureString -AsPlainText <Surface Hub Password> -Force)

Set-AdUser “<Surface Hub UPN>” -PasswordNeverExpires $true -Enabled $true

Lync/Skype for Business

Now, continueing on the Skype for Business or Lync server:

Enable Room Account for Lync/Skype for Business

Enable-CsMeetingRoom -SipAddress “<Surface Hub UPN>” -RegistrarPool <S4B Poolname> -Identity <Surface Hub UPN or Alias>

-and if applicable-

Set-CsMeetingRoom -Identity <Surface Hub UPN> -EnterpriseVoiceEnabled $true

Set-CsMeetingRoom -Identity <Surface Hub UPN> -LineURI “tel:+xxxxxxxxx

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