Category Archives: Skype for Business

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 ( 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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Lync SBA/SBS, Response Groups and TCP 5071

Recently, I came across an issue that was affecting Lync 2013 SBA homed users after the re-IP addressing of a Lync 2013 Enterprise Edition pool. After all IP addresses were updated, and pool homed users were fully functional once again, it was discovered that any users homed to an SBA were unable to answer Response Group […]
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It’s Here! Skype to Lync Video

Most of us in the Lync community have been waiting for this for sometime now. The wait is over: Skype to Lync video is now available! For this to work, the Skype user needs to be on the latest Skype for Windows client ( When I tried updating the Skype client directly from the client […]
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It’s Coming… Skype for Business

Within the Lync community, we have all been waiting for the inevitable. Finally, it’s been announced: Lync 2013 will be rebranded Skype for Business. Note the terminology I’ve used here: rebranded. Skype is not replacing Lync 2013, it’s simply adopting the name. Whilst there has been endless discussions about what this means for integrators and […]
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