Office Server – The previews for Exchange and Skype for Business 2019 is now available

This is it, it has just been announced: the preview of the next major version of Exchange and Skype for Business is now available (SharePoint will come later). You can get the bits here: Exchange 2019: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=57167 Skype for Business 2019: http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/0/9/209372AB-F64F-4F04-8BDA-FBAB1C685BA3/W17_2044.76_Eval.iso As part the new features/capabilities: Exchange 2019 Exchange 2019 can be deployed on Windows Server Core (2016 or 2019), off course deploying on Windows Server with Desktop Experience…

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Office 365 – Reminder to move to TLS 1.2

A quick reminder as the date is fast approaching: you must have moved to TLS 1.2 before October 31, 2018 It has been announced about a year ago (October 2017), all client-server and browser based communication with Office 365 services will use TLS 1.2 After October 31, 2018, if you are still using older TLS version (1.0 or 1.1), you will not be able to access your Office 365 services…

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Lync 2013–The latest and last cumulative update is available

Ok, this one is related to some ‘old’ server product, Lync 2013, but I have an excuse: there is a major reminder coming with it So the latest Cumulative Update for Lync Server 2013 (CU10) has been released (available here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36820), but this is not the major reminder; the major reminder is this is the LAST update for Lync Server. Indeed, as per the support lifecycle, Lync Server 2013 is…

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Skype for Business – The mobile application for SfB on Windows Phone/Mobile is going to be retired

If we needed another proof that Windows Mobile/Phone is dead, here it is The mobile app for Skype for Business on Windows Mobile/Phone is going to be retired by May 20, 2018. Any Windows Phone with the application installed will continue to be able to use it but no more updates will be delivered and if you need to re install the application it will not be possible.

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Skype for Business / Teams – New Skype for Business network assessment tool

The Skype for Business network assessment tool has been updated (version 2017.1.0.51) and is now taking into account Microsoft Teams in addition of Skype for Business. You can download the updated network assessment from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53885 Once installed, there is no shortcuts whatsoever; you need to browse to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Skype for Business Network Assessment Tool and run the NetworkAssessmentTool.exe file to start. As this is still a command line executable,…

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Skype for Business – Modern Auth is now available in preview

As announced during the last Ignite Conference, Modern Authentication is now available in preview for Skype for Business, allowing MFA, Certificate Based Authentication, Conditional Access and Mobile Application Management for Skype for Business users wherever they are homed, on-premises or online. To join the public preview register at http://aka.ms/skypepreview

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Office 365 – New voicemail user settings portal

A new voice mail user settings portal is available (not yet integrated through App Launcher or any voice mail settings). Go to https://mysettings.lync.com/ and enjoy a new clear voice mail settings portal From there you can enable/disable voice mail and configure language or Out of Office greetings

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Skype for Business – Cloud Connector Edition 2.0 is now available in GA

The new release (version 2.0) of the Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition is now available in general availability. For those who do not know what is CCE, this is a virtual appliance to connect your on-premises PBX with your users hosted in the cloud. So if you are already using CCE, the auto update will go live soon (within 60 days); but if you want to upgrade immediately you…

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Yammer – Integration with Skype for Business

Starting now for first release tenant and then mi July, Yammer is integrating with Skype for Business. Finally Microsoft is really integrating Yammer with his own product and start replacing duplicate features with the best. So the Yammer IM chat is going to be removed and you will get the Skype icon in the navigation bar – the same way you have Skype for Business integrated with Outlook Web Access…

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Live Meeting – Office Live Meeting is going to be shutdown

If you are still using Office Live Meeting – the first Microsoft online meeting service, precursor of Skype for Business Meeting Broadcast – you need to start thinking of moving to a newer solution like Skype for Business or Skype for Business Meeting Broadcast as the service is going to be shutdown on December 31, 2017. Existing OLM meetings will continue to work until the final shutdown; so start using…

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Skype for Business / Office 365 – Troubleshoot your Skype for Business Hybrid configuration

As you know you can setup your On Premises Lync/Skype for Business deployment to work in hybrid mode with Skype for Business Online (as you can do with Exchange). That said this configuration is not always as smooth and easy as it is for Exchange and you may ended with issues. Knowing that Microsoft has developed a PowerShell script to help you troubleshoot such situation; even off course a single…

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Skype for Business – Getting MAPI unavailable message after switching to UCS

If you have configured you Skype for Business infrastructure to use UCS (Unified Contact Store) or if you have requested to get it enabled on Office 365 (yes, you do not have UCS activated by default on Office 365 and you need to open a SR to get it), you may face the following issue. With Skype for Business client, you may have some notification When displaying the Configuration Information…

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Office 365 / Skype for Business – Get usage data using PowerShell

Skype for Business Online has been updated to provide usage data using PowerShell. If you want to get usage data, you need to have the Skype for Business Online PowerShell modules installed (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39366) Then you need to connect to your tenant and use the Get-CsUserSession cmdlet Connect to your tenant – NOTE if your are in hybrid mode with your On Premises Lync/Skype for Business environment you need to use…

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Office 365 – Skype for Business now better integrated with OWA

An update is being deployed on Outlook on the Web (formerly Outlook Web Access) to provide a better integration with Skype for Business. This update will allow you to start IM conversation from the web interface and not only just managing your IM status The first thing is you need to check if you have the Skype for Business icon at the top right Then you will be able to…

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Skype for Business – Skype for Business Cloud Connector

It has been announced some time ago already but we have been waiting for the official release. This is it, you can now download the Skype for Business Cloud Connector to connect your existing PSTN with Office 365 like this Download link http://aka.ms/getcce Once you have downloaded and installed it, follow the steps detailed here for the configuration https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt605227.aspx

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