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 · 17 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 · 40 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 […]

Microsoft Ignite 2015

May 1, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

Next week at the Microsoft Ignite 2015 event in Chicago I will be presenting a session on video conferencing with Skype for Business 2015.  This presentation will brush up on a few new client features, introduce various interoperability models and then dive deep into the new Video Interop Server role in Skype for Business Server […]

Managing Lync Online with PowerShell

April 20, 2015 by · 9 Comments 

While articles on this blog are primarily focused on real time communication capabilities provided throughout Lync on-premises environments, as Microsoft moves forward with including more voice and video features in their cloud offering then integration and management of Lync Online will start become more common here. Background One of the first steps in this journey […]

April 2015 Lync Users Group

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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, the first session will cover the Skype for Business Client, which was just released to the public last week. The […]

Lync Registration on VVX Phones

April 19, 2015 by · 20 Comments 

Most of the instruction in this article has already been included in various past articles but as some additional methods for Lync registration have been introduced it seems logical to revisit each of the options in a single referenceable article.  The options covered below are available on any VVX phone running at least UCS 5.2 […]

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