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Office 365 Usage Location and Skype for Business Online

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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 . . . → Read More: Office 365 Usage Location and Skype for Business Online

Tips for Transitioning from Skype for Business Hybrid to Pure Online

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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 . . . → Read More: Tips for Transitioning from Skype for Business Hybrid to Pure Online

5 Tips for Skype for Business Modern Authentication Scenarios

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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 . . . → Read More: 5 Tips for Skype for Business Modern Authentication Scenarios

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

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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 . . . → Read More: Tip–Muting the Audio in a Skype for Business Call

The Skinny on Skype for Business and Teams

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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 . . . → Read More: The Skinny on Skype for Business and Teams

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

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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 . . . → 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

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

5 Tips & Reminders for End Users During a SIP Address Change

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SIP address changes inside organizations are usually challenging – for the IT team making the change and the end users experiencing the change. For those unfamiliar with the SIP address change, it involves a change to either:

The format of the left-hand side (e.g. user-id@domain.com changing to firstname.lastname@domain.com) The domain name on the right-hand . . . → Read More: 5 Tips & Reminders for End Users During a SIP Address Change

DNS Records in a Skype for Business Hybrid Deployment

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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 . . . → Read More: DNS Records in a Skype for Business Hybrid Deployment