The UC Architects Podcast Ep61

iTunes-Podcast-logo[1]Episode 61 of The UC Architects podcast is now available. This episode is hosted by Pat Richard, who is joined by Tom Arbuthnot and Stale Hansen. Editing was done by Andrew Price.

Topics discussed in this episode are:

Top Stories 

  • Microsoft Teams released to preview

Office 365

  • Office 365 and Azure now available from U.K. datacenters

Lync/Skype for Business

  • SfB Response Group; Exchange UM holidays – multi-add, multi-assign, import from CSV and CAL
  • Australian RGS/Response Groups Holiday Sets for 2016/2017
  • Holiday set editor
  • Response Group Timeframe Editor Powershell GUI
  • Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition: Release 1.4.1
  • Skype for Business, Bandwidth Calculator Version 2.70
  • Add a Skype Menu Item for Meet Now Dedicated (Anthony Caragol)
  • Skype for Business Online Multi-Region, Automated Meeting Migration and Exchange Server Voicemail
  • Video Based Screen Sharing (VbSS) comes to iOS and Android Mobile SfB Clients
  • Certificate Expiry Checklist
  • Two new posters for SharePoint 2016 and Skype for Business architectural models
  • Running #Polycom Trio with #Skype4B? Make sure to upgrade to the latest 5.4.3AD release
  • CustomInvite by Modality
  • VMware Horizon VDI Skype for Business Support Tech Preview Q1 2017
  • Outlook Skype for Business “Contacts” folder doesn’t sync with Skype for Business contacts
  • Update to Hybrid Handbook 2.1
  • Free Skype for Business Online Network Assessment Tool from Microsoft, Hands On

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The UC Architects is a community podcast by people with a passion for Unified Communications; our main focus is on Exchange, Skype for Business or related subjects.

The UC Architects Podcast Ep59

iTunes-Podcast-logo[1]Episode 59 of The UC Architects podcast is now available. This episode is hosted by Steve Goodman, who is joined by Dave Stork and special guest, Gareth Gudger AKA Supertekboy. Editing was done by Andrew Price.

Topics discussed in this episode are:

  • Gareth Introduction
  • Help us test Exchange 2013/2016 to Exchange Online public folder migration
  • Focused Inbox
  • Announcing .NET Framework 4.6.2
  • Outlook for Mac Public Folders
  • Office 365
  • Microsoft Bookings
  • Introducing Skype Bots
  • Launching #Skype4B Survival Guide as Technet Wiki. Downloads, resources and community tools
  • Q&A Topic
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • UC Day (Oct24)
  • Unity Connect (Nov16-18)
  • VMworld, MVP Adam Ball speaking (Aug28-Sep1)

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The UC Architects is a community podcast by people with a passion for Unified Communications; our main focus is on Exchange, Skype for Business or related subjects.

The UC Architects Podcast Ep58

iTunes-Podcast-logo[1]Episode 58 of The UC Architects podcast is now available. This episode is hosted by Pat Richard, who is joined by Steve Goodman, John Cook and Tom Arbuthnot. Editing was done by Andrew Price.

Topics discussed in this episode are:

  • Microsoft Press Lets Editorial Staff Go
  • Microsoft acquires LinkedIn
  • Using the Office 365 Hybrid Configuration Wizard (Six part series)
  • HCW Improvement: The Minimal Hybrid Configuration option
  • Preview of Certificate-Based Authentication (CBA) for Exchange Online
  • FindTime for Outlook – Doodle for Business
  • Virtual academies, odd questions, and MCSE recertification
  • Microsoft Launches New Office 365 Network Online Community; 88,000-User Yammer Network to Close
  • Centralised Skype for Business Event Log Viewer
  • Lync, OCS, Skype for Business Persistent Chat requires port 8011. Missing from Documentation
  • Call Flow Manager 1.3
  • Best Practice Upgrade to Skype for Business 2015 SBA
  • Configure Toll-free Numbers for Dial-In Conferencing in Office365 (NextHop!)
  • Device Updates with Skype for Business Online
  • Skype for Business Mac Preview adds contacts, presence and IM
  • Microsoft announces Skype Meetings, a new free group collaboration tool
  • Offline IM is now in Skype4B CU3
  • Skype for Business June 2016 CU (3) gives video based Screensharing
  • New “Busy Options” Be sure to run Update-CsAdminRole after installing
  • June 7, 2016, update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB3115087)
  • Skype for Business EdgeInternal Certificate Automatic Renewal sample
  • Skype for Business 2015 Resource Kit tools released
  • bounSky 2015
  • Office Online Server now available
  • Skype for Business App SDK preview is now available for download
  • Skype for Business Hybrid Handbook, Version 2.0 (Josh Blalock)
  • Polycom VVX Alternate Ringtone Bundle (Unofficial)
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • UC Day UK (Oct24)
  • UC Birmingham User Group (Aug 9-10)
  • Unity Connect (Nov16-18)

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The UC Architects is a community podcast by people with a passion for Unified Communications; our main focus is on Exchange, Skype for Business or related subjects.

The UC Architects Podcast Ep57

iTunes-Podcast-logo[1]Episode 57 of The UC Architects podcast is now available. This episode is hosted by Pat Richard, who is joined by Steve Goodman and Tom Arbuthnot. Editing was done by Andrew Price.

Topics discussed in this episode are:

  • Microsoft is rolling back the mailbox anchoring change for remote PowerShell that was introduced in 2013 CU11
  • Exchange 2013 and 2016 Exmon tool is now available
  • A friendly reminder that WMF (PowerShell) 5.0 is currently not supported with any version of #MSExchange
  • Exchange says no to .NET Framework 4.6.1
  • Hybrid Shared Mailbox access is now supported
  • Announcing the new Office 365 admin center
  • Office 365 Reporting web service and Windows PowerShell cmdlets
  • Office 365 Hybrid Configuration wizard for Exchange 2010
  • Bulk provisioning Office 365 licenses and services script
  • Mitel Networks (MITL) to Acquire Polycom (PLCM) in ~$1.96B Deal
  • Lync 2010 transitioning from mainstream to extended support
  • Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition Released
  • Thomas Poet’s Office Cloud Connector Edition
  • Cloud Connector Edition Skype for Business Online Planning and Migration Guide
  • Microsofts Free StatsMan Released for Skype for Business and Lync
  • Configure OAuth between Skype for Business Server and Exchange Online
  • Microsoft’s Skype now works without plug-ins with Windows 10’s Edge browser
  • Skype for Business Hybrid–Additional Office 365 Domain
  • Announcing content viewing for Skype for Business on Android and updates to iOS
  • Skype for Business SDN Interface 2.4 Released with PowerShell Provisioning
  • Skype for Business Client Update Video Webcast: Announce Offline Messaging!
  • Skype for Business Server 2015, Capacity Calculator
  • CMS Changes in Skype for Business 2015
  • Quick Tip: SLA Errors – Just Ignore Them
  • Technical diagrams for Skype for Business Server 2015
  • Microsoft to eliminate Skype Managed Accounts feature by March’s end (Regular Skype, not Skype4B)
  • Displaying Network and Building Information in Call Quality Dashboard (CQD) Online
  • Lync 2013 Client Update Feb 2016 (KB3114732) 15.0.4797.1000.
  • Lync Server 2013 CU
  • Skype for Business Server 2015 CU2 (March)
  • Pat’s Get-CsUpdateVersion script
  • .NET Framework 4.6.1 and Skype for Business/Lync Server Compatibility
  • StatusKey for Skype for Business
  • Lync 2013 / Skype for Business Call Pickup Group Manager Version 2
  • UC Birmingham User Group  (5/11)
  • UC Day mailing list for more information about a dedicated UC and cloud conference happening on 24th October in the UK
  • IPExpoManchester (5/19)

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The UC Architects is a community podcast by people with a passion for Unified Communications; our main focus is on Exchange, Skype for Business or related subjects.

The UC Architects Podcast Ep56

iTunes-Podcast-logo[1]Episode 56 of The UC Architects podcast is now available. This episode is hosted by Pat Richard, who is joined by John Cook and Tom Arbuthnot. Editing was done by Andrew Price.

Some of the topics discussed in this episode are:

  • Exchange Unified Messaging Voicemails not being received in mailbox
  • VMWare vSphere Exchange 2016 Best Practices Guide
  • Cloud PBX / E5 Dec Launch
  • Wildcard certs and Lync/SfB
  • Nexthop is back
  • RT100 dead
  • Developing for Skype for Business in 30 days
  • Group Call Pickup can be configured via PowerShell instead of SEFAUtil
  • Add Skype Consumer or Skype for Business Server Audio Test Service Bot to a Cloud PBX User
  • Exchange UM Toll Fraud Risk, Don’t Weaken Your PIN Settings
  • Understanding Skype for Business Server and Online PSTN Conference ID Configuration
  • HDX RealTime Optimization Pack 2.0 for Skype for Business on Citrix XenApp and
  • XenDesktop VDI
  • UCBug 10 Feb
  • Microsoft UC User Group London 3rd March Polycom EEC London
  • UCExpo London, 19th – 20th April
  • Cloud PBX
  • Unified Communications Day 2016 – October 24th

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The UC Architects is a community podcast by people with a passion for Unified Communications; our main focus is on Exchange, Skype for Business or related subjects.

Exchange 2016 and IM Integration

Ex2013 LogoThose configuring IM integration for OWA and Lync or Skype for Business know the drill of editing the web.config files on your Exchange servers and configuring the certificate thumbprint and Lync/SfB pool? That especially became a nuisance as after each Cumulative Update those settings needed to be reconfigured, for which I wrote a Configure-IMIntegration script.

The Exchange team has obviously listened to feedback from customers and made this setting persistent in Exchange 2016. No longer is it required to dive in those web.config files after installing each CU. Instead, you now configure these settings using the Set-Override cmdlet, which will store the setting in Active Directory.

For example:

New-SettingOverride -Name '<Description>' -Server <Server/Wildcard> -Component OwaServer -Section IMSettings -Parameters @("IMServerName=<Server/Pool FQDN>","IMCertificateThumbprint=<Certificate Thumbprint>") -Reason "<Reason>" -MinVersion "<Minimum Version To Apply To>" -MaxVersion "Maximum Version to Apply To"
Get-ExchangeDiagnosticInfo -Process Microsoft.Exchange.Directory.TopologyService -Component VariantConfiguration -Argument Refresh

For example, to configure the override for all servers with a name starting with EX16, configuring lync.contoso.com as pool FQDN and a specific thumbprint, only for Exchange builds starting at 15.1.225.42 (Exchange 2016 RTM), you could use:

New-SettingOverride -Name 'IM Integration' -Server EX16* -Component OwaServer -Section IMSettings -Parameters @("IMServerName=lync.contoso.com","IMCertificateThumbprint=12345678123412341234567812345678123126789") -Reason "Configure IM" -MinVersion "15.01.0225.42"
Get-ExchangeDiagnosticInfo -Process Microsoft.Exchange.Directory.TopologyService -Component VariantConfiguration -Argument Refresh

Finally, restart the OWA App pool to have OWA reread the new settings:

Restart-WebAppPool MSExchangeOWAApppool

The UC Architects Podcast Ep55

iTunes-Podcast-logo[1]Episode 55 of The UC Architects podcast is now available. This episode, which was recorded live at the Modern Workplace Summit and Skype Days in Oslo, is hosted by Steve Goodman, who is joined by Ståle Hansen and Tom Arbuthnot. Special Guests are Johan Delimon, Thomas Poet, and Fabriazo Volpe. Editing was done by Andrew Price.

Some of the topics discussed in this episode are:

  • Introducing the Microsoft Office 365 Hybrid Configuration Wizard
  • Set up Skype for Business Online for Skype Meeting Broadcast
  • Overview of Modern Workplace Summit
  • Exchange 2016 new features
  • Lync 2013 multi-tenant upgrade path
  • How do I convince the firewall team to open ports 50-59k?
  • Extensive reporting statistics on room bookings and internal message stats
  • Move Public Folders to room mailboxes
  • What are the technical challenges and business challenges and opportunities for Cloud PBX
  • Skype – in place upgrade with Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Lync Room System (LRS) upgrade route
  • UCDAY UK meeting

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The UC Architects is a community podcast by people with a passion for Unified Communications; our main focus is on Exchange, Skype for Business or related subjects.

The UC Architects Podcast Ep54

iTunes-Podcast-logo[1]Episode 54 of The UC Architects podcast is now available. This episode is hosted by Steve Goodman, who is joined by Michael van Horenbeeck and Michel de Rooij. Editing was done by Andrew Price.

Some of the topics discussed in this episode are:

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The UC Architects is a community podcast by people with a passion for Unified Communications; our main focus is on Exchange, Skype for Business or related subjects.

The UC Architects Podcast Ep52

iTunes-Podcast-logo[1]Episode 52 of The UC Architects podcast is now available. This episode is hosted by Pat Richard, who is joined by Dave Stork and Tim Harrington. Editing was done by Andrew Price.

Some of the topics discussed in this episode are:

  • Exchange 2013 Performance Health Check Script
  • Upgrade to Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT) version 2
  • Apple releases iOS 8.3 which fixes additional Exchange related Issues
  • Must-knows for migrating Public Folders to Exchange 2013
  • Using the Hybrid Configuration Wizard in Exchange Server 2013 (Part 4)
  • IIS Exploit can reboot your Windows 2008 Server R2 and up; install patch KB3042553 ASAP
  • Exchange 2013 CPU Sizing Checker
  • Office 365 now supports larger email messages—up to 150 MB
  • Office 365 datacenter map
  • Announcing “Office 365 for Exchange Professionals”
  • Potential impact on Lync and Skype for Business meeting join experience when Google Chrome is the default browser
  • PBX Replacement secret sauce… How to do a Loud Ringer in Lync / Skype for Business
  • Skype for Business client awareness and readiness resources
  • Skype for Business Server 2015 documentation now Live on TechNet
  • Lync Meeting Update Tool (32 bit) (UPDATED)
  • Skype for Business 2015 Protocol Workloads Poster
  • Federation Call Flow Skype for Business and Lync clients
  • Client Tool Available to download
  • Microsoft Ignite 2015
  • EventZero/The UC Architects party at Ignite
  • LyncDay becomes SkypeDays
  • UCBUG meeting 05/13/2015
  • UCDAY UK meeting 09/28/2015

You can download the podcast here or you can subscribe to the podcasts using iTunes, Zune or use the RSS feed.

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The UC Architects is a bi-weekly community podcast by people with a passion for Unified Communications; our main focus is on Exchange, Lync or related subjects.

The UC Architects Podcast Ep51

iTunes-Podcast-logo[1]Episode 51 of The UC Architects podcast is now available. This episode is hosted by Steve Goodman who is joined by Dave Stork and John Cook.. Editing was done by Andrew Price.

Some of the topics discussed in this episode are:

  • Exchange 2013 CU8
  • Exchange 2010 SP3 CU9
  • Exchange ActiveSync onboarding to Office 365
  • Exchange 2013 Hybrid Config Wizard
  • Office 2013 modern auth public preview
  • Staying informed of Office 365 changes
  • Office 2016 preview
  • Updates for Outlook for iOS
  • Azure AD Sync
  • Office 365 MDM
  • Questions from listeners
  • Lync Kerberos Account
  • Lync/Skype for Business Network Planning for Silk Code
  • Controlling Lync/Skype for Business with your arms
  • Get ready for Skype for Business
  • Updates and Skype for Business
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • UCBUG
  • UCDAY
  • UCExpo

You can download the podcast here or you can subscribe to the podcasts using iTunes, Zune or use the RSS feed.

About
The UC Architects is a bi-weekly community podcast by people with a passion for Unified Communications; our main focus is on Exchange, Lync or related subjects.