Author Archives: Damien Margaritis

Microsoft Announces Skype for Business Server 2019

It’s day 2 at Microsoft Ignite Orlando, and we’ve had the announcement many of us in the industry have been waiting for: Skype for Business Server 2019 will be released towards the end of 2018. What does this mean? After yesterday’s announcement, many were wondering what this meant for on-premises Skype for Business deployments. There’s […]
Read More »

Microsoft Teams to Replace Skype for Business… Sorta

News out of Microsoft Ignite Orlando this morning: Microsoft Teams is set to replace Skype for Business as the primary collaboration/teamwork platform – eventually. This came as no surprise to many, given the slip up that occurred last month. Rest assured that this change will not be forced onto end users, and, for the time […]
Read More »

Introducing the Polycom Trio 8500 Conference Device

Towards the end of 2015, it was with great joy that the world welcomed the Polycom Trio 8800 conference room device into being. Prior to this, the conference phone of choice for Lync/Skype for Business deployments was the Polycom CX3000: a somewhat ageing platform that was still running Lync Phone Edition software, which Microsoft is […]
Read More »

Guest Access for Microsoft Teams Has Landed

Since its inception, there’s been one feature at the top of most people’s Microsoft Teams wish list: Guest access. Today, I can report that the wait is finally over! You can now add anyone (err, anyone with an Azure Active Directory account…) as a guest to a Team. I’m expecting this will be extended in […]
Read More »

Change to Extension Manipulation with Sonus SBC Edge v6.1.3 (SBC1000/2000)

Last week, Sonus released software version 6.1.3 build 474 for their SBC Edge 1000/2000 session border controllers. Whilst I don’t usually rush out and deploy fresh out of the oven updates, in this case there was a pressing requirement for any Sonus CloudLink appliances that were soon to be updating to Microsoft Cloud Connector Edition […]
Read More »

Polycom RealConnect for Office 365: Why it’s an even bigger deal

In a previous blog, I discussed the added benefit of PSTN Conferencing capabilities when used in conjunction with Skype for Business Online. Meeting participants could continue to join from their Skype for Business client or a web browser, but now they could also choose to join via phone: very much still an important use case. […]
Read More »

Provisioning Polycom Trio 8800s – A Better Way

In a previous blog, I walked through how to ensure Trio meeting room devices received the right configuration file from the Polycom Provisioning Server. Whilst the approach I outlined then is still valid, I’d like to share a much simpler way that minimises the possibility of incorrect configuration making it onto your Trio devices. The old method […]
Read More »

Skype for Business: Cloud PBX Tenant Dial Plans Have Landed

Within the on-premises world, dial plans have been around for quite some time, and not just within OCS/Lync/Skype for Business. For most organisations, the way users were dialled on traditional PABX systems was by their extension. It was possible to look up a user in a contacts list and then dial them, but ultimately the […]
Read More »

Deploying Sonus CloudLink: Missing $dnsName in the certificate $CertFullName

Missing $dnsName in the certificate $CertFullName…

Skype for Business Online PSTN Conferencing: Why it’s such a Big Deal

SKYPE FOR BUSINESS ONLINE PSTN CONFERENCING: WHY IT’S SUCH A BIG DEAL The increase in mobility of people in the workforce has given rise to a host of amazing virtual meeting options – including options for dial-in conferencing, web based online audio/video conferencing, as well as desktop client and room based solutions. As a result […]
Read More »