Device Pairing in Microsoft Teams

January 13, 2021 by · 3 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 · 2 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 […]

Microsoft Teams Room Factory Restore Process

August 28, 2020 by · 5 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 · 43 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 · 83 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 · 32 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 · 63 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 · 105 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 · 11 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 […]

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