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Skype 2015 and 2019 Calling Number Translation

Skype Server 2015 and 2019 provide a way for Skype engineers and telephony administrators to manipulate call routing options. Calling number translation brings about a change that enables the Skype calling party to call the called party and display a number to be defined by a translation rule in the Skype dial plan to the called party representing the caller ID. A bit confusing I’m sure but I will break this down in a manner that allows you to make good use of the feature in Skype 2015 and 2019 enterprise voice capability. Let’s start at the beginning; In Lync server 2010 within the trunk configuration you where able to modify the format of the dialed phone number using an outbound translation rule to ensure the format matched the type required by the PBX; the unfortunate thing is you coul...

Determining How Many Front-End Servers to Deploy in Skype for Business Server 2015

I figured it was time to update this article to reflect Skype for Business Server2015, from the previous Lync Server 2013 version. For those that would like to reference the previous article I wrote, you can find it here Determining How Many Front-End Servers to Deploy in Lync Server 2013. Through many deployments of Lync Server 2013 and newly released Skype for Business Server 2015 the calculations haven’t changed all that much, but I still find plenty of confusion in the community regarding planning and sizing the appropriate amount of Front End (FE) servers for a pool deployment. So I thought it best to go ahead and give another stab at the article, but this time making it relevant to the latest version of Lync Server 2013 being Skype for Business Server 2015. The Requirements One of th...

Teams Bumps Off Skype for Business Online in 2021

Microsoft today has announced its plan to further deprecate Skype for Business. Teams is the company’s sole plan for collaboration and connectivity and customers have until 2021 to migrate. Today we’re announcing that Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021. This post provides details on the retirement plan, a brief explanation of why we’re making this announcement now, and a summary of what we’re doing to help customers migrate to Teams. Details: Skype for Business Online to Be Retired in 2021

Office Administrative Template files and Office Customization Tool Updated

Microsoft has now updated the administrative templates for Office 365 ProPlus, Office 2019, and Office 2016. The download also includes the OPAX/OPAL files for the Office Customization Tool (OCT) for Office 2016. Download: Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool for Office 365 ProPlus, Office 2019, and Office 2016

Office 365 and SaaS Management Platforms (SMPs)

A 2018 market guide from Gartner I recently read had me quite curious due to the use of a new acronym in the Office 365 bolt-on marketplace.  They call these solutions SaaS Management Platforms (SMPs).  Ultimately these are management solutions for cloud services (e.g. Office 365, G Suite, etc.) that focus on six functional categories: administration, IT role-based access control, policy management, license management, workflow automation and reporting. Just from an Office 365 perspective it’s easy to see why a third-party solution might help to fill some of the management gaps left in the native Admin Console.  Often to perform tasks like on-boarding/off-boarding (or provisioning and deprovisioning) we find ourselves moving from one console to another manually, or using PowerShell scripts...

July 2019 Microsoft Non-security Updates Available Today

If you’re still updating Office apps that are installed completely local using MSIs, there’s a few updates for you today. Office 2016 Update for Microsoft Access 2016 (KB4462237) Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4032236) Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4464582) Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4464595) Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB4475515) Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4475518) Update for Microsoft Word 2016 (KB4475521) Office 2013 Update for Microsoft Word 2013 (KB4475525) Office 2010 Update for Microsoft Filter Pack 2.0 (KB3114879) Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB3114397)

Tip: Testing Your Security Hardening with an Office 365 Attack Simulation

Did you know that Microsoft provides and Attack Simulator for Office 365? If you are an Office 365 global administrator and your organization has Office 365 Threat Investigation and Response capabilities, you can use Attack Simulator to run realistic attack scenarios in your organization. This can help you identify and find vulnerable users before a real attack impacts your bottom line. There are three different simulations that can be run: Display name spear-phishing attack Password-spray attack Brute-force password attack See: Attack Simulator in Office 365

Office Update KB4462238 Causes Apps to Freeze When Clicking Hyperlinks

Microsoft rolled out its normal fare of first-Tuesday Office updates this week. However, one of those updates, KB4462238, causes problems. After this update is installed, clicking a hyperlink in an Office application, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or Outlook, may cause the application to stop working.  Microsoft recommends uninstalling the update if the problem is experienced. Knowing Microsoft’s update history the way we do here at myITforum, we recommend just uninstalling it and waiting for a proper fix. Well, in reality, we always recommend waiting a few days after an update is publicly available to hear about the fallout before deciding to move forward.  

Non-security Microsoft Office Updates for May 2019 Now Available

Microsoft’s monthly updates for Office – the one’s that generally kick-off each month on the 1st Tuesday – are now available. These are updates for fixing bugs and adding features, and not necessarily to solve security woes. Here’s whats’s available now… Office 2010 Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 KB4464524 Office 2013 Update for Microsoft Office 2013 KB4011677 Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 KB4464546 Update for Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013) KB4464547 Update for Microsoft Word 2013 KB4464545 Office 2016 Update for Microsoft Office 2016 KB4461477 Update for Microsoft Office 2016 KB4462119 Update for Microsoft Office 2016 KB4461441 Update for Microsoft Office 2016 KB2902717 Update for Microsoft Office 2016 KB4462238 Update for Microsoft Of...

10 time saving tips and tricks with Outlook mobile

Join the Outlook mobile team LIVE every month for a webinar that will highlight cool tips and tricks that save you time and spark joy. You also get to ask any questions and share feedback with the team directly. Two live events still left: 10 time saving tips and tricks with Outlook mobile Visit the link to view the previous events on-demand.

Microsoft 365 update for March 2019

Based on CVP, Microsoft 365 Kirk Koenigsbauer’s monthly New to Microsoft 365 communication, Jim Naroski covers recent enhancement to Microsoft 365 and Office 365. See the companion blog for resources. Kirk Koenigsbauer blog: Companion blog:  

Office 365: Microsoft M/CSPs taking reporting and consumption into their own hands

It’s one thing to be a reseller, get an order for Office 365, and get your customer a portal set up and their users in the cloud. It’s another thing for those users to consume whole-heartedly the new set of communication and collaboration tools now placed at their fingertips. And without consumption, the need for higher priced license types (E3 for example) become an unnecessary expense. In addition, Office 365 doesn’t provide easy visibility into the ways an organization and its users are using Office 365. On the admin side there are PowerShell scripts you can run to gather intel and automate tasks to a degree, but let’s face it, PowerShell is more an old-school admins sandbox. Many Office 365 “admins” are office power users that have been “promoted” (so to speak) as caretakers of the Off...