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 · 44 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 · 80 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 · 46 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 · 4 Comments 

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 · 12 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 […]

Skype for Business Server 2015 Deployment – Part 3

August 31, 2015 by · 18 Comments 

Advancing from a previous post this article addresses setting up a few test users and configuring various client and server features.  The overall functionality and health of the newly installed Skype for Business Server 2015 environment will be validated prior to moving forward with the deployment of any additional roles or configuring any partner applications. […]

July 2015 Lync Users Group

July 17, 2015 by · 2 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: This meeting will include two sessions, with the first session covering Skype for Business Hot Topics, addressing commonly asked questions on SfB infrastructure and tools. Topics […]

Skype for Business Server 2015 Deployment – Part 2

June 19, 2015 by · 43 Comments 

Continuing from a previous post this article moves into the installation and configuration of the Skype for Business Server components for a Standard Edition Front End server.  As with the previous article any mandatory steps are identified by bulleted paragraphs while non-indented steps for validation and educational purposes are optional. Deployment The second article in […]

Skype for Business Server 2015 Deployment – Part 1

June 19, 2015 by · 14 Comments 

Similar to past articles this series of basic deployment articles will be used to capture a specific environment to also be used as the foundation for many Skype for Business (SfB) Server 2015 specific deployment articles.  Starting with a single Standard Edition Skype for Business Server in a fresh Active Directory forest future articles will […]

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