Winter 2016 SkypeUG Meetings

January 26, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

The next round of quarterly Skype for Business Users Group meetings has been announced and scheduled starting this month. Latest News As of last quarter’s events our group has made a few exciting changes.  First and foremost is the rebranding from the Lync Users Group to the Skype for Business Users Group. For discussing and […]

Updating Trio 8800 Firmware

December 28, 2015 by · 13 Comments 

On the heels of the recent release of the Polycom RealPresence Trio 8800 comes the first firmware upgrades.  In the same fashion as previous articles on this blog covering various Lync and Skype for Business devices like the VVX desktop phones or the CX5500 RoundTable camera this article outlines the various ways that the Trio […]

Skype for Business and Exchange UM Integration

October 30, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

This article covers the configuration steps for introducing voice mail support into a Skype for Business (SfB) Server 2015 environment by integrating with Exchange Server 2013 Unified Messaging (UM).  Note that this series of Exchange integration articles leverages Exchange Server 2013 and will continue to do so for continuities’ sake.  Microsoft has recently released to […]

October 2015 Lync Users Group

October 19, 2015 by · 6 Comments 

The next round of quarterly Lync Users Group meetings has been scheduled and announced for this month. Event Details This meeting will be conducted in our familiar two-session format: The first session, presented by Integrated Research, will be a deep dive into Monitoring Applications in Skype for Business. The second session will start with a […]

High Resolution Photos in Skype for Business

October 6, 2015 by · 5 Comments 

This basic article covers a few ways for users and administrators to import and manage contact photos in Skype for Business Server, once the required Exchange Server integration has been completed.  Without leverage Exchange Server for storing contact photos then the only options available Prerequisites In order to use the Skype for Business Server 2015 […]

Video Based Screen Sharing in Skype for Business

October 2, 2015 by · 10 Comments 

Video Based Screen Sharing (VBSS) is a new Skype for Business client capability that has for the most part flown in under the radar.  There is currently very little information available about this new functionality, and as with anything not well understood it seems to be creating more confusion than warranted.  Most of the questions […]

Polycom UCS 5.4 for VVX Phones

September 28, 2015 by · 34 Comments 

The latest release of the Polycom VVX 5.4 UCS firmware branch is now available for Lync and Skype for Business environments.  While the initial 5.4.0 release (5.4.0.5841) was published a few months ago that was only intended for Open SIP applications.  The recent 5.4.0A release (5.4.0.10182) is fully supported for Lync and Skype for Business […]

Exchange and Skype for Business Integration

September 14, 2015 by · 15 Comments 

This edition in a series of deployment articles for Skype for Business Server 2015  addresses the integration of an existing Exchange Server 2013 installation with a recently installed Skype for Business Standard Edition server.  The article outlines establishing the prerequisite partnership between each platform, allowing the Skype for Business server to leverage the Exchange Server […]

SQL Management Studio with Skype for Business

September 8, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

One of the major differences in deploying a Standard Edition server in Skype for Business as opposed to an Enterprise Edition server is that the Standard Edition Front End server utilizes SQL Express instead of a full SQL Server installation.  This means that by default there is no simple way to view or manage the […]

Office Web Apps and Skype for Business Integration

September 4, 2015 by · 7 Comments 

This article addresses the deployment of a single Office Web Apps 2013 Server and subsequent integration with an existing Skype for Business (SfB) Server 2015 environment.  The environment and example steps outlined here are a continuation of a series of related articles covering the installation and configuration of a Standard Edition topology of Skype for […]

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