Skype for Business Server 2019 require Windows Server 2016 and SQL 2016 as perquisites. In-place upgrade form Skype for Business 2015 is not possible, and you can only do a site by site migration from Lync 2013 or Skype for Business 2015. Skype for Business 2019 is still available as standard edition version and I will install this version in my lab.   Install Windows perquisites   Run Powershell on the new FE server:   Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-Core, RSAT-ADDS, Windows-Identity-Foundation, Web-Server, Web-Static-Content, Web-Default-Doc, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Asp-Net, Web-Net-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Log-Libraries, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Filtering, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Dyn-Compression, NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Mgmt-Tools, Web-Scripting-Tools, Web-Mgmt-Compat, Server-Media-Foundation, BITS,Read More →

The newest Skype for Business 2015 update (Version 9319.534) from 7/31/2018 supports SQL Server 2016 with SP1 now. If you are using SQL Server 2008 R2 as a Back End database, you should not apply this update. For more information, see KB4345985 “Failed to setup database rtcxds” error when you upgrade the SQL Server 2008 R2 back-end database in Skype for Business Server 2015. Please Download the Update an follow these installation instructions.Read More →

All these Lync Phone Devices, will not support TLS version 1.2. Polycom: CX500, CX600, CX3000 HP: 4110 and 4120 Mitel/Aastra: 6721ip and 6725ip Lync Phone Devices can’t connect to Office 365 after 31. October 2018, because only TLS 1.2 will be support from Microsoft after these date! Audiocodes introduce a replacement program for these devices. The offer can be found on the Audiocodes website at: http://online.audiocodes.com/lpeupgradeprogramRead More →

Good News, Microsoft Teams is now available for private and small business groups, which don’t have a Office 365 subscription. The free Version offer the following features for up to 300 people: Unlimited chat messages and search. Built-in audio and video calling for individuals, groups, and full team meetups. 10 GB of team file storage plus additional 2 GB per person for personal storage. Integrated, real-time content creation with Office Online apps, including built-in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Unlimited app integrations with 140+ business apps to choose from—including Adobe, Evernote, and Trello. Get Microsoft Teams from hereRead More →

  Direct Routing is now general available. With Direct Routing it is possible to route PSTN calls from the customer directly to Microsoft Teams. Customers need only the Microsoft Phone System License for each Microsoft Teams user and can route individual phone numbers form their local PSTN provider or local PBX to this Microsoft Teams user. In Germany, Teams and Phone System and Calling Plans are already available, customers can use this feature. Calling Plans not longer needed to use Microsoft teams also for PSTN calls. The customer has two different deployment scenarios for direct routing.   Local deployment on customer side wit Session BoarderRead More →

Yealink release the new Conference Phone CP960, which supports Microsoft 365 and Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams.The Yealink CP960, compatible with Microsoft Skype for Business, is an enterprise-grade conference phone, bringing the Skype for Business experience and functionality from the desktop to the conference room. The CP960 will be available as Skype for Business or Microsoft Teams Version. You will find all phone models on Yealink website.Read More →

A new Skype for Business 2015 Cumulative Update 6, Hotfix 2 is released March 16, 2018. This update enables Location-Based Routing to support the Skype for Business mobile clients. It also fixes the following issues: 4036626 Missing ApplicationOptions attribute in user object created by New-CsHybridApplicationEndpoint cmdlet in Skype for Business Server 2015 4078589 High memory usage on RtcHost.exe when you deploy Shared Line Appearance in Skype for Business Server 2015 4078590 Calls to Mac fail when enhanced presence privacy mode is enabled in Skype for Business Server 2015 4078592 Push Notification not working for Skype for Business for iOS in Skype for Business Server 2015 4078587 Voice settings are intermittentlyRead More →

If you need to do some bulk configuration for a lot of Microsoft Team groups, you can use the available PowerShell module from here https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/MicrosoftTeams/0.9.0 If you have this module installed, you can use the Powershell GUI from Anthony Caragol. Anthony Caragol has create one easy to use PowerShell GUI to set the permission for  several Microsoft Team groups at the same time. You can download the tool from his Blog Teamsadmin.com Run these PowerShell script and connect to your tenant with your admin account. You will see all your MS Team group and you can modify all at once. Many Thanks to Anthony Caragol for this helpfulRead More →

In November 2017, Microsoft has publish information about the new Skype for Business Server 2019, that this new SfB version will be available only as Enterprise Version and now standard server will be available. YouTube Audio from November 2018 Good news from Redmond Magazine, the latest information from Microsoft are, the Skype for Business server will be also available as standard server.Read More →