Good News – Skype for Business Server 2015 RTM components have been released!!
Bad News for some – VLSC\MSDN Subscription required at the moment 😦
As I haven’t created a walkthrough post yet, I thought there would be no better time to get one on the board and kick off with my experience whilst migrating Lync Server 2013 to Skype for Business Server 2015.
Now an unfortunately a lab demon haunted me (in the form of a Windows Update to Server Technical Preview) on release day (1st May) that completely killed my lab, I did have mirrored databases along with persistent chat and an OWA farm deployed and it would have been interesting to see the Persistent Chat process.
For the purposes of this walkthrough this is what I will be starting off with:
Microsoft released KB on Saturday 2nd May via its FAST PUBLISH process, so clearly there is some urgency behind this patch.
So what’s the issue?
As we know, when migrating from one pool to another, to maintain scheduled conference IDs we leverage the Conference Directory structure (in addition to SQL).
Prior to KB3062801, if administrators leverage the Lync Server 2013 Management Shell to complete the conference directory move to a Skype for Business pool, there is the potential for data to be lost, which will not provide a pleasant experience to your end users.
Friday 1st May was a very good day for the Unified Communications community, particularly if you are pro-Microsoft, as Skype for Business RTM components released to MSDN/VLSC customers. Keep an eye out for a constant steady stream of new information as Microsoft Ignite is also currently underway – so a lot of information will soon be going from NDA to public domain classification – I can already see the blog posts currently in draft mode 😉
….Well not exactly Today, but Microsoft do have an upcoming Webcast series that appears to be focussed more so towards end users and the actual usage of the Skype4B client. It appears that sessions will be repeated so do not be thrown off by 1am sessions, see below for the timetable and registration links;
Everyone is talking about Skype for Business, why? How does this impact your business?
After the success of our Skype for Business webcast, we have invited Microsoft down to our offices in Stafford to discuss the main changes to you. The event will enable you to discover the changes to your business as well as the overall technical changes. We will be providing a free lunch and a unique networking opportunity with break out session for both public and private sector organisations in the afternoon.
– An in depth look at the exciting new changes and what these mean for your organisation – Breakout sessions for Private and Public Sector including case studies, customer speakers, demo sessions and round table discussions
– A unique opportunity to network with similar sized organisations from both sectors
In order to secure your place, please click on the RSVP link and we will do the rest!
Agenda 09.00 – 09.30: Arrival and refreshments
10.00 – 10.15: Introduction
10.15 – 11.00: Skype for Business what does it mean for your business?
11.00 – 11.45: Guest speaker Leigh Smith – Microsoft
11.45 – 12.30: Guest speaker Gill Furlong – Essex County Council
12.30 – 13.15: LUNCH
13.15 – 14.00: Technical update
14.00 – 14.15: Refreshments and networking
14.15 – 15.00: Breakout sessions – choice between Public Sector or Commercial session
15.00 – 16.00: Refreshments and networking
16.00: Event close
For those that have missed it, Microsoft have now released the Skype for Business client, KB2889923. Although the Skype for Business Server 2015 server components haven’t been released yet, we can still use the new clients against Lync Server 2010 or 2013.
In this post, I will be running through the client experience, when using the new client against a Lync Server 2013 Pool, as well as the experience when changes are made to the client policy switch parameter, EnableSkypeUI.
As we approach the general availability date for Skype for Business, there is definitely an increase in the rate of technical content publication. One resource that was priceless for understanding the traffic flows in Lync Server was the workload poster!
My previous post provides a direct download link to the content I will be referencing in this blog post, the purpose of this post is to summarise the content whilst at the same time adding my opinion to the “improvements”.
So if you are anything like me you will be counting down the days to the upcoming #Skype4B webcasts, to which I received confirmation on my attendance for all sessions! (Lucky boy aren’t I?!).