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Yammer Integration with Skype for Business Online

Skype for Business Online integration directly within the Yammer web client rolled-out in the latter half of 2017. As more organizations adopt Skype for Business Online, Yammer users are leveraging this integration.

This post summarizes the features available, and more importantly, two common issues and how to resolve them.

Feature Recap

At a high level, the SfB integration enables Yammer users:

Use basic Skype for Business features in a thin web client embedded directly in the Yammer web client See the SfB presence of other Yammer users and initiate communication with them Receive IM conversations directly within Yammer

Key Limitations:

The Yammer user must have a Skype for Business Online . . . → Read More: Yammer Integration with Skype for Business Online

Office 365 Usage Location and Skype for Business Online

Questions often arise in Skype for Business Online (SfBO) administration regarding the a user’s registered “location”. In the SfBO admin center we see it as the location field in the user listing as shown here:

This subtle setting is important for the voice Phone System calling plan (PSTN) service configuration in SfBO because it restricts what phone numbers can be assigned to a user, and their associated emergency location. Specifically, only registered emergency locations (addresses) that belong to the same country as a users’ location can specified for that user. In addition, when assigning phone numbers to a user, only acquired numbers in the same country are available for . . . → Read More: Office 365 Usage Location and Skype for Business Online

Tips for Transitioning from Skype for Business Hybrid to Pure Online

As Office 365 adoption grows, more Skype for Business (SfB) hybrid deployments are being transitioned to pure online after all of the users have been migrated to online. While some steps in this final transition process are well documented, such as the decommissioning of the SfB on-premises servers, other steps are poorly documented.

This post provides some details on one step of the transition to pure online that isn’t well documented: removing the SfB user attributes (e.g. msRTC*) in on-premises AD from users after hybrid mode has been changed to pure online. This post assumes that the hybrid environment has AD directory synchronization configured (e.g. on-prem AD was synchronized to . . . → Read More: Tips for Transitioning from Skype for Business Hybrid to Pure Online

5 Tips for Skype for Business Modern Authentication Scenarios

The world is adopting multi-factor authentication, and Microsoft is rapidly adding support in their server, services, and clients to support it. Microsoft’s name for multi-factor support is Modern Authentication (MA) and support has been added for Skype for Business Server (SfB), Exchange Server, and more recently, the equivalent online cloud services (Exchange Online and Skype for Business Online).

In practice, with potentially a decade of legacy client versions, and a now matrix of possible SfB and Exchange hybrid topologies, supporting MA for all the users in an enterprise requires some planning.

There is plenty of good documentation about how to enable MA both on-premises and online. This article highlights 5 . . . → Read More: 5 Tips for Skype for Business Modern Authentication Scenarios

Tip - How to Mute the Audio in a Skype for Business Call

I have talked to several people lately who have had the need to mute the audio coming from a Skype for Business meeting or web conference.  Not mute their microphone, but the speaker/headset audio stream from the conference.  They they are needing to listen to something else  – take another call, listen to music while they just watch the conference, or even trying to participate in two conference calls at the same time.

They have struggled in the Skype for Business 2016 client on how to control this, so I wanted to pass along a couple of tips.

The simplest option to just mute the incoming audio stream is using . . . → Read More: Tip–Muting the Audio in a Skype for Business Call

Use Skype for Business Online Audio Conferencing in Teams

A quick blog post to let folks know about an audio conferencing capability in Skype for Business Online (SfBO) that can be leveraged in Microsoft Teams – the ability to use (re-use) your Audio Conferencing configuration.

For example, I am configured for SfBO Audio Conferencing with a bridge number, etc.. in the SfBO Admin Center via an E3 license and Audio Conferencing Add-On. In Outlook, when I schedule an SfBO meeting, my Audio Conferencing information is included as shown here:

I can also schedule and organize a Teams meeting with the same SfBO Audio Conferencing configuration & bridge as shown here:

The only difference is the Conference ID.

. . . → Read More: Use Skype for Business Online Audio Conferencing in Teams

The Skinny on Skype for Business and Teams

As expected, at Ignite, Microsoft announced their plans around Skype for Business (SfB) and Teams at this session: https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/56548.

Here is what you need to know:

Skype for Business Server will continue and evolve stand-alone product. Brand new refresh of main stream support expected in Q4 of 2018 Will also refresh the SfB client during this time Microsoft will continue invest in voice features Will include Team integration in hybrid Skype for Business Online (SfBO) Features will be available in Teams, and over time the Teams Client will become the client for Users to Consume all Communication and Collaboration Features Features include IM, Presence, Calling, Conferencing, Meetings, Contact & Conversation . . . → Read More: The Skinny on Skype for Business and Teams

Installing on the new Skype for Business Online PowerShell Module on Windows 10

A new Skype for Business Online PowerShell Module was released on April 19, 2017.

Recently I commissioned a new Windows 10 desktop client and downloaded and installed this new module. When I went to use it, I received an error while trying to acquire an authentication token (e.g. Get-CsAccessToken) because of a missing Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory assembly.

I was somewhat surprised to see Windows 10 not officially listed as a “Supported Operating System” as shown below.

However, after resolving the missing assembly error, I have been able to use it without any issues. This blog article describes how to resolve this issue.

Installation of the Skype for Business Online (SfBO) module . . . → Read More: Installing on the new Skype for Business Online PowerShell Module on Windows 10

5 Tips to Improve Skype for Business Wi-Fi Performance

This article offers 5 tips to increase overall performance for Skype for Business (Sfb) over Wi-Fi at home or a Public Hotspot. These tips were created from my own experiences at home and using Wi-Fi in different circumstances. 

Delivering a good SfB Wi-Fi experience in the enterprise is a much larger topic with more infrastructure and configuration options and recommendations. A good start here is Microsoft’s Guide “Ensuring an Enterprise Class Wireless Skype for Business Experience” which provides end to end planning, best practices, and proactive maintenance and operations to deliver enterprise grade Wireless Skype for Business service.

Here are the 5 tips I will discuss:

Make Sure the . . . → Read More: 5 Tips to Improve Skype for Business Wi-Fi Performance