Microsoft Teams Phones – 2021 Update 1

April 5, 2021 by · 9 Comments 

This article is the first in a series which will focus on each new release of the Microsoft Teams IP Phone client by highlighting any new or changed functionality in each release.  Depending on the depth of a specific new feature or functionality a separate, dedicated article may be posted to cover that topic in […]

Provisioning Microsoft Teams Android Devices

March 31, 2021 by · 7 Comments 

The purpose of this article is two-fold.  Primarily it introduces and explains a new provisioning capability in Microsoft Teams which is applicable to Teams-certified devices across all Android-based categories: Teams Phones, Teams Displays, Teams Panels, and Teams Rooms on Android.  Secondly the overall concept of device provisioning in Teams is explained along with real-world scenarios […]

Device Pairing in Microsoft Teams

January 13, 2021 by · 10 Comments 

The purpose of this article is to demystify a common misconception with how Microsoft Teams allows various types of clients and devices to communicate between each other when leveraging several different native features. The most important concept to understand in this article is that there is actually no direct pairing happening between the Teams clients […]

Meeting Lobby Behavior in Microsoft Teams

December 28, 2020 by · 14 Comments 

This article explains how the meeting lobby is applied to different participant types joining a Microsoft Teams meeting from various clients and devices as well as how to control this behavior using various options provided at the tenant, user, and meeting levels.  Also covered is newer behavior available in Microsoft’s Cloud Video Interop (CVI) partner-offered […]

Poly One Touch Dial Service with Exchange Online

September 3, 2020 by · 26 Comments 

This article provides the latest best practice configuration of the Poly One Touch Dial (OTD) Service when used with resource mailboxes stored in Exchange Online.  It does not matter if the room mailboxes are used by Poly or Cisco video conferencing systems as while the actual endpoint configuration may differ slightly, the initial access configuration […]

Microsoft Teams Room Factory Restore Process

August 28, 2020 by · 6 Comments 

The process outlined in this article can be used to reset a Microsoft Teams Room (MTR) system to a factory default configuration.  This would be the preferred method to use on a system which may have any customization beyond the base MTR application settings which need to be removed.  For example, a system which was […]

Upgrading Microsoft Teams Desk Phones

May 21, 2020 by · 55 Comments 

This article outlines the currently available options to upgrade a certified Microsoft Teams IP Phone device to the latest firmware version as provided by Microsoft.  The concepts and processes are generally the same for all certified IP phones provided by the various Microsoft partners.  The example screen captures and documented upgrade process in this article […]

RealConnect for Teams Topologies

May 18, 2020 by · 31 Comments 

While this blog already contains several articles discussing Poly’s RealConnect solution many organizations with existing Poly video infrastructure deployments want to understand which RealConnect for Microsoft Teams topology may be best.  The purpose of this article is to explain the differences between the available topologies so that an informed decision can be made.  Some of […]

Common Area Phones in Microsoft Teams

April 29, 2020 by · 119 Comments 

The deployment and administrative experience for a Common Area Phone (CAP) across Microsoft’s UC platform has changed over the years as it has matured from an on-premises software release with Lync to hybrid offerings of Skype for Business only to eventually be replaced by the cloud-only Microsoft Teams solution.  Generally the ideal of a common […]

Enterprise Application Consent Requests in Azure

April 6, 2020 by · 10 Comments 

A increasingly frequent experience for Microsoft 365 administrators and users leveraging various third-party solutions is the need to approve some sort of permissions request presented to them as Enterprise Applications (also know as Service Principals) while navigating a workflow.  A common example of this is when attempting to sign into a third-party website which leverages […]

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