Skype for Business

Microsoft Teams is Part of the Default Installation for Office 365 Business Starting with 1901

In case you missed it, Skype for Business Online is no longer included in Office 365 for new customers. Instead, Microsoft Teams is now the primary client for meetings and calling in Office 365.   Currently, Microsoft Teams is a separate installation from Office 365 Business. But, starting in January 2019, Teams will be installed by default for new installations of Office 365 Business, starting with Version 1901. #O365 #MSTeamshttps://t.co/8Rqqc1eun1 — Per Larsen [MVP] (@PerLarsen1975) January 5, 2019

January Update Includes the New Skype for Business Client

Skype for Business 2015 users are getting a January 2019 update for the communication system. The update became available on January 2 and contains the usual amalgam of fixes and performance enhancements, but this particular update includes the new Skype for Business client software. Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013) on January 2, 2019. This update also includes the new Skype for Business client. The version number of this update is 15.0.5101.1002. More information: January 2, 2019, update for Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013) (KB4461557)

Skype For Business Server 2015 Conferencing Limits

There have been many discussions within the Lync community regarding how many conferences Lync Server 2013 on-premise can support and \ or handle. Ironically these are two different topics in their own rights with regards to supported and what will technically work especially with the adjusted supported number of users per Lync 2013 Front-End server (which is 6660 users, if you didn’t know). In this article, I will explore the suggested conferencing meeting size limit of 250 users and take a look into some additional numbers that might affect conferencing and the quantity of Front End servers you have in your pool or the amount users you have in your organization assigned to a particular pool. For additional information on Front End servers and sizing, read through the article where I disc...

Skype for Business 2015 – Confirmation of Pool Failover and Failback

One of the things during the midst of either a disaster recovery exercise or performing the real thing is confirmation if you have truly failed over and / or failed back.   Running the cmdlet Get-CsUserPoolinfo username does not really tell you, that you have failed over and or failed back. In addition, once you have run the Invoke-CsPoolFailover and Invoke-CsPoolFailback cmdlets you can dig around and find the cmdlet logs to see what occurred through the process. But what about a simple notification that you have failed over or failed back and the pool is functioning well?  Without such notification, we are left wondering, “How do I truly know if I failed over or failed back with my Skype pool?” In this article, we will look at the following areas: Get-CsUserPoolinfo Failover Failback &nb...

Skype Business Server 2015: Difference Between Active and Concurrent Users

There are two key words when working with Skype for Business server 2015 that you should be aware of and those are: Active and Concurrent. These particular words will come up quite a bit when you are working with design, capacity planning, or troubleshooting an issue. At the end of the day, regardless of the scenario you are working with, its important to understand what these words mean and how to use them accordingly. What is considered Active? Active can be considered as what is happening at an exact moment in time; such as “How many active Peer-to-Peer or Skype to PSTN calls are taking place right now?”   In this instance, this would mean that calls are actually taking place at that exact moment.   Another scenario is “How many active users of Enterprise voice are ena...

Skype for Business Server 2015 Codecs

Skype for Business Server 2015 (S4BS) has numerous codecs that can be leveraged in different types of communication depending on the workload that the end users are engaged with. Everything from peer-to- peer calls to conference calls leverage various codecs ranging from G.711 to Siren.  Depending on the type of  codec that is leveraged, you can end up changing your S4BS design infrastructure and can also help you plan going ahead on what to expect with regards to bandwidth consumption.   We will take a look at the various different codecs that are involved with S4BS and what scenarios they are used with. Session Description Protocol  Before we get into the codecs that are used, let’s take a look at the Session Description Protocol (SDP) as seen from a snooper trace in figure 1 below.  The...

How Many Skype Front-End Servers Can I Reboot in a “Routing Group” Quorum?

The routing group quorum is a  particularly interesting one because its what is used to decide if a user will see the message “Limited Functionality” message on their Skype client when a pool failover is “NOT” taking place.   We can use the example that we have 12 Front – End servers in a pool.    The fact that our user routing group could actually exist on any three of the twelve Front-End servers is where this becomes interesting. F1| F2|  F3 |  F4| F5|  F6 | F7|  F8 |  F9  | F10 |  F11 | F12 I’ve use color-coded numbers in the scenario above to show a 12 server Front – End Pool and how there could be various user accounts that are a part of a routing group that sits on various servers.  For the sake of the conversation, imagine that my routing group where my Skype user account resides s...

How Many Front-End servers can I reboot – “Pool” Quorum?

With the presence of Windows fabric used in Skype for Business server 2015 in relation to pool quorum and the existence of routing group quorums, we have to be careful about how many Front-End servers are rebooted at the same time as to not affect the quorum on any of them. Here we’ll take a look at both Pool and Routing Group quorum and areas to take into consideration when reboots are requested or required. Pool Quorum This area is straight forward with the manner of servers that you can reboot and not lose quorum. We can see in figure 1 below that as long as we have “more” than the majority of the servers in the pool up and running then its fine for us to reboot. Note: You define “up and running” by having all the Skype services running, to be more specific the RTCsrv service need...

Skype for Business 2015 – Even or Odd Number of Front End servers

Lync server 2013 started the concept of needing a minimum of three Front End (FE) servers to make a pool and routing group quorum. Over the course of versions from Lync 2013 to Skype 2015, stories have changed (apparently), not really quite sure why.  I have heard talks of needing to have an odd number of servers in a Lync 2013 or Skype environment, which is not true.     The specific need to have three for FE servers came about due to how the Windows fabric works and the necessity to make quorum; however needing to stay at an odd number of FE servers is not true.  Microsoft has stated that the maximum number of FE servers in a pool is 12.   First off, that is not an odd number, in addition we can have anywhere from 3-12 FE servers in a pool to make pool or routing group quorum. The only d...

Office 2019 – Including Exchange, SharePoint – Coming in Mid-2018

At Microsoft Ignite today, Microsoft has announced that it will deliver Office 2019 next year. Some have speculated that the company would begin to deliver only Office 365 versions of its collaborative suite, but the company today stated that previews of the products will be ready by the middle of 2018. Products include both apps and servers: Word Excel PowerPoint Outlook Exchange SharePoint Skype for Business   Additionally, though an update for Skype for Business will be included, Microsoft confirmed on Monday that its Teams product will eventually replace Skype for Business completely.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Microsoft Confirms Teams Product Will Eventually Replace Skype for Business

Today at its Enterprise product announcement conference, Ignite, Microsoft finally confirmed officially that it will be replacing Skype for Business with its newest Office 365 gem, Teams. For customers to prepare for the change, Microsoft will not be renaming Skype for Business, as some have suggested, but instead will be promoting Teams as the preferred communication tool for enterprise licensees.  Skype for Business will still exist – and even get an update next year – but Microsoft will be suggesting that companies move to Teams. Teams will also be architected to work with Skype for Business to give customers time to make the switch.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Franci...

Lenovo Uses Microsoft Ignite to Announce a Skype for Business Hub

With the product name “Skype for Business” in question these days (apparently Microsoft will rename the product), its interesting that a cooperation between Microsoft and Lenovo has produced hardware that is being promoted as a hub for Skype for Business in the boardroom. Today Lenovo has announced the ThinkSmart Hub 500 which is a touchscreen kiosk that gives customers a single an accessible console to kick-off and manage meetings. Here’s what the system contains: Purpose-built Skype Room System All-in-One Design Compute Power, Display and Audio 11.6″ Rotatable Display and compact footprint to fit everywhere 360 Degree LED status indicator Dolby Audio Premium Secure Cable Management Runs Microsoft Windows IoT Enterprise   Details on the product page: http://ww...

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