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Set Custom Policies in Skype for Business Online

For those who have worked with Skype for Business Online (SfBO) policies, you know that the policies which govern user behavior and features are pre-configured with a set of default policies for the Office 365 SfBO tenant.

This was somewhat painful for a couple of reasons:

Policies which had a large number of settings (e.g. Conferencing), had to have a huge number of default policies to cover all the combination of features enabled/disabled Organizations could not set a custom specific set of features to create policies which matched their business needs.

Skype for Business Server 2015 On-premises of course allows the creation of custom policies. Recently Microsoft brought this custom . . . → Read More: Set Custom Policies in Skype for Business Online

Generating a List of Available Skype for Business Online PowerShell Cmdlets with Documentation

The Skype for Business Online (SfBO) PowerShell Module is the primary command line management tool for Administrators.

New users of this module are often surprised to learn that the cmdlets exposed by this module are not defined in the Skype for Business Online PowerShell module itself. Instead, the SfBO PowerShell Module creates an implicit remote PowerShell session and imports the cmdlet definitions from the Online SfBO tenant. The cmdlet’s made available in this module therefore could vary by tenant (i.e. based on the type of licensed Office 365 tenant), and be changed online in the tenant (i.e. by Microsoft) without releasing a new PowerShell module (which is installed locally).

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Getting the Distribution of Skype for Business Online Registrar Pools used in an Office 365 Tenant

Much like Skype for Business on-premises users, each Skype for Business Online (SfBO) user has a home pool. This home pool consists of multiple SfB servers running in Office 365 data centers. On sign-in, the each SfBO user establishes a Skype for Business session with one of the SfB servers in that home pool.  It is also the users’ home pool for any conferences they host (organize), which determines where the media (audio, video, screen sharing) is broadcast from. These servers reside in different Office 365 data centers, and knowing which online SfB registrar pools are being used, and by which users, can help troubleshoot sign-in issues, configure firewalls, and . . . → Read More: Getting the Distribution of Skype for Business Online Registrar Pools used in an Office 365 Tenant