Upgrading Microsoft Teams Desk Phones

May 21, 2020 by · 12 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 […]

Common Area Phones in Microsoft Teams

April 29, 2020 by · 18 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 […]

Managing Microsoft Teams Phone Policies

November 2, 2019 by · 27 Comments 

As Microsoft and their certified device partners gear up to bring more native Microsoft Teams IP Phones to the market the management and customization of the device experience is also being expanded upon.  This article introduces the current capabilities of a new PowerShell cmdlet created specifically to manage the user experience of these devices. For […]

Customizing Microsoft Teams Meeting Invitations

July 31, 2019 by · 43 Comments 

This brief article covers the customization of meeting invitations for Microsoft Teams for two different purposes.  One is focused on reviewing the same basic branding options which were previously made available in Skype for Business and have recently come to Microsoft Teams, while the other is related to the additional invitation details which are part […]

Verifying Users Enabled for CVI

March 13, 2019 by · 2 Comments 

This brief article includes a few tips on how to verify which Office 365 user account have been enabled to use a partner-provided Cloud Video Interop (CVI) solution, like the Polycom RealConnect Service. When initially configuring an Office 365 tenant for CVI one of the final steps is to enable user accounts for the service.  […]

Creating Microsoft Teams Rooms Accounts

February 3, 2019 by · 81 Comments 

This article revisits the topic of creating accounts which are used by Microsoft Teams Rooms (MTR), formerly known as the Skype Room System (SRS) v2 platform.  The guidance in this article is applicable to creating online accounts for any natively supported device, from Polycom VVX and Trio phones, to the various Skype Room System offerings […]

Managing Office 365 with PowerShell

October 9, 2018 by · 10 Comments 

This article is intended to share a streamlined approach for managing Office 365 services via PowerShell which are pertinent to the Microsoft UC platform, namely Exchange Online, Skype for Business Online, and Microsoft Teams.  Covered are a host of one-time installation steps needed to prepare a single workstation with the requisite software as well as […]

Displaying Teams in the Exchange Online Address Book

July 3, 2018 by · 3 Comments 

Microsoft has recently implemented a change in how Office 365 Groups are handled by default in Exchange Online.  Since the release of Microsoft Teams, which uses Office 365 Groups as the core membership list for individual Teams, when a user created a new team then the associated Office 365 Group was automatically Exchange-enabled with distribution […]

Q2 2018 Skype and Teams UG Meetings

May 9, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

The next round of quarterly Skype and Teams Users Group meetings has been announced and scheduled starting this month. Latest News This quarter we welcome Boston to the Skype and Teams User Group family. This brings the national total up to 22 regional events per quarter approaching nearly 100 meetings a year! Event Details This […]

Q1 2018 Skype and Teams UG Meetings

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The next round of quarterly Skype and Teams Users Group meetings has been announced and scheduled starting this month. Latest News A year year brings a couple new national sponsors to the user group in AVST and Embrava. Event Details This quarter’s events will be conducted in our familiar two-session format: Session 1: Advanced Phone […]

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