Category Archives: Skype for Business

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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Polycom Release Trio 8800 Firmware 5.4.4 Rev AB

Mid November, Polycom released a much anticipated firmware version for the Trio 8800 conference devices: 5.4.4 REV AA (5.4.4.7511). This release gave us a new Skype for Business themed user interface, better support for USB tethering scenarios, multiple video stream support and new screen layouts for video and content viewing (say goodbye to audio switching video […]
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Modernise your school with Skype for Business & Cloud PBX

Earlier in the week, I presented a webinar for Microsoft covering Skype for Business and Cloud PBX for the school environment. The session starts with a high level look at what the connected school/classroom of the future could look like, before delving into Cloud PBX, what it is, and how to start using it. Whilst aimed […]
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Provisioning Polycom Trio 8800s

UPDATE: The below guidance is still valid, however check out my follow up blog for a simpler approach: Provisioning Polycom Trio 8800s – A Better Way Late last year saw the release of Polycom’s latest Lync/Skype for Business certified conference phone: the Polycom Trio 8800. Polycom also surprised most of us with not only audio,  but […]
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Deploy Office Online Server with Skype for Business

Microsoft has released the next version of the Office Web Apps (WAC) server, and it’s had a name change. It’s now known as Office Online Server (OOS). You can read more about it here. This role is used by Lync 2013/Skype for Business environments as a way to dynamically get PowerPoint presentations out to meeting […]
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