Microsoft Teams is now available as a free Version

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 here

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Microsoft Teams Direct Routing now available!


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 Boarder Controler

The customer can chose one SBC of the certified Partner Audiocodes or Ribbon and has to assign only Phone System license to the Microsoft Teams user. Management and configuration will be done direct through the customer or qualified technical partner.

With this solution, it is also possible to support local PBX and analog phones.


NO Local deployment on customer side

For the customer it is now possible to choose a hosted provider solution. At the moment the following provider offer Direct Routing for Microsoft Teams. BezeQ International, BT, Cellip, Nuwave Communications, Orange Business Services, Swisscom, TATA, Telekom Deutschland, Telenor, Thinktel, and West.

I think also, more and more companies will offer such service for Direct Routing.

For more information of teams, you can visit the following sites.

The Microsoft Teams quick start guides, Plan Direct Routing, Configure Direct Routing, and Migrating to Direct Routing. You will also find some recorded deeper dive on Direct Routing here.


(many thanks to Paul Cannon for this information about Direct Routing)

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Yealink Conference Phone CP960 Certified for Microsoft Skype for Business and Office 365

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.

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Windows phone apps for Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and Yammer are retiring on May 20, 2018

Microsoft will retired the Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams and Yammer app for Windows mobile on May 20, 2018.
The Windows mobile user can still use the mobile web browser instead

Windows phone apps for Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and Yammer are retiring on May 20, 2018

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Skype for Business 2015 Cumulative Update 6 Hotfix 2

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 intermittently reset in Skype for Business on iOS and Android

With SfB CU6 mobile clients can only login, if the user has an active external access policy. To enable logion for mobile clients without activate external access you have to apply this hotfix.

  • 4078588 Can’t sign in Skype for Business mobile apps after applying Skype for Business Server 2015 CU6
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MicrosoftTeams Powershell Module 0.9.0

If you need to do some bulk configuration for a lot of Microsoft Team groups, you can use the available PowerShell module from here

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

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 helpful tool.

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Skype for Business Server 2019 also available as Standard Server

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.

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Changes to Office and Windows servicing and support

Delivering a secure and productive modern workplace is a top priority for many of our commercial customers, and we’re committed to help. Last July, we took a big step forward in this journey with the introduction of Microsoft 365, a new product suite that brings together Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security.  Many customers are in the process of moving to one or more of these products, and they’ve asked us to clarify a few key points to help them with their upgrades.  Today – two years before the end of extended support for Windows 7 and Office 2010 (January and October 2020, respectively) – we’re announcing servicing extensions for Windows 10, changes to the Office 365 ProPlus system requirements, and new details on the next perpetual release of Office and Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release of Windows.

Read more from Windows for IT Pro!

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Jabra Evolve 75e, ein neues in-Ear Headset nun auch mit Zertifizierung für Skype for Business

Jabra bringt ein neues in-Ear headset auf den Markt, welches auch für Skype for Business zertifiziert ist und sicherlich auch Teams unterstützen wird.

Es verfügt über folgende technische Audio Funktionen und wird mit dem im Lieferumfang enthaltenen USB-Adapter Jabra Link 370 über PC verbunden.

Mit Hilfe des Jabra Link 370 kann das Headset gleichzeitig mit dem PC und dem Mobiltelefon verbunden werden.

  • Mikrofon-Konzeption
    Drei-Mikrofon-Technologie mit Geräuschunterdrückung
  • Mikrofonfrequenzbereich
    150 Hz bis 6,8 kHz
  • Lautsprecher
    15 mm Dynamiklautsprecher
  • Lautsprecherbandbreite (Musikmodus)
    20 Hz bis 20 KHz
  • Aktive Geräuschunterdrückung
    Ja – Hybrid-ANC mit 4 Mikrofonen und gewährleisteten 27 dB an wahrgenommener Geräuschunterdrückung in der Büroumgebung
  • Passive Geräuschunterdrückung
  • Mithör-Funktion
    Durch längeres Drücken der ANC-Taste hören Sie Ihre Umgebung, ohne die Kopfhörer abnehmen zu müssen
  • Zertifizierungen
    Skype for Business, Cisco, Avaya und weitere

Weitere Details können Sie unter folgendem Link erhalten. Jabra Evolve 75e



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SFB 2015 Installation auf Windows Server 2016

Ich habe in meinem Lab nun auch einen Windows Server 2016 für die Installation von Skype for Business 2015 verwendet und beschreibe hier die genaue Vorgehensweise der Installation.

  • Installation der Voraussetzungen
  • Powershell auf dem neuen FE Server ausführen
    Install-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 –Source  d:\sources\sxs –Verbose –Restart
    d:\sources\sxs” zeigt auf den Pfad des Microsoft Server 2016 Iso Images.

  • Silverlight von hier installieren

  • Fileshare für den neuen SfB Server erstellen

  • DNS Einträge für den SfB Server erstellen

DNS-Anforderungen für Skype for Business aus der Technet

  • Topologie um den neuen SfB Server erweitern


FQDN eintragen.

Die gewünschten Funktionen auswählen.

Co-located Mediationserver auswählen.

Edgeserver auswählen.

SQL 2014 Express wird auf dem lokalen SfB Server installiert.









Zum Schluss wird die Topologie veröffentlicht.

  • Administrative Tools für SfB installieren

Hier ist es wichtig, die aktuellen Updates aus dem Internet zu laden, damit die Installation des SfB Servers auf Server 20156 einwandfrei durchgeführt werden kann!

Wenn diese von dem entsprechenden Server nicht möglich ist, muss erst das aktuelle URL Rewrite Module 2.1 von hier Download installiert werden. Das URL rewrite Modul 2.0 lässt sich nicht auf Server 2016 installieren. Im Web findet man auch noch die Option einen Registry Eintrag anzupassen. Ich empfehle aber einfach die aktuelle version 2.1 zu installieren.

  • Installation der Administrativen Tools.

  • Nun werden über den Deployment Wizard Schritt 1 und Schritt 2 nacheinander ausgeführt.


  • Install Local Configuration Store

  • Setup or remove Skype for Business Server

Hier kann man auch sehen, das direkt bei der Installation die aktuellen Patche angewendet werden.

  • Jetzt muss noch das Zertifikat für den neuen Server von der internen MS PKI ausgestellt werden

  • Zum Schluss sollte noch das letzte aktuelle CU installiert werden

Damit hätte ich dann einen Skype for Business Server 2015 auf Microsoft Server 2016 erfolgreich installiert.

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