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DNS Records in a Skype for Business Hybrid Deployment

The DNS records for a Skype for Business (SfB) on-premises deployment can be somewhat complex, but are well documented (see Microsoft TechNet – DNS requirements for Skype for Business).  While working on a recent hybrid Skype for Business (SfB) deployment, I realized there is a lot of confusion. This was a classic hybrid deployment – some SfB servers and users on-premises, and some in SfB Online sharing one DNS namespace. This article aims to clear up some of this confusion.

The unique question that comes up in hybrid is where should I point my DNS records for clients to logon?  On-premises or online?

The general golden rule in a SfB . . . → Read More: DNS Records in a Skype for Business Hybrid Deployment

The State of Lync Online – Features & Management Options

One of the advantages of the Microsoft cloud services (aka Office 365) is that it upgrades new features quickly – new service functionality is deployed to the cloud and available for consumption as soon as it is ready. Keeping up-to-date on what’s available can be a challenge, and I’ve been getting many questions lately about what management access is currently available in Lync Online (specifically PowerShell) and what Lync features are available (or are missing).

This blog post provides a quick feature overview of what is offered in the various Lync Online plans and dives into practical details and tips for managing Lync Online in the standard multi-tenant version of . . . → Read More: The State of Lync Online – Features & Management Options

File Transfers in Microsoft Lync Online

I was recently involved in an issue with file transfers failing between two Lync Online federated tenants. This had worked before, so I was surprised to read it was not supported. The Microsoft Lync Online for Enterprises Service Description (as of October 24, 2011) states:

> File transfer is not available with federated connections

With help from an engineer at Microsoft we figured out the issue was an older Lync client.

One peer had version 4.0.7577.280 of the Lync 2010 client instead of the latest version 4.0.7577.314. After upgrading the Lync 2010 client to the latest release (see Description of the cumulative update package for Lync 2010: July . . . → Read More: File Transfers in Microsoft Lync Online