Skype for Business Server 2019 / vNext – Ignite 2017

I have been very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to attend Ignite 2017 in sunny Orlando Florida, its my first time at ignite and all I can say is WOW.

It’s a great opportunity to network, meet those faces you see everyday online and just get a much better understanding of all products at a deep dive level.

I have just attended a session on Skype vNext, or as we now know Skype for Business Server 2019, the purpose of this post was to provide you all with the content that was shared and give you an insight into what’s coming;

For those customers that have invested in Server, you aren’t being forgotten about! Now would be a good idea to start to think about that shift to the Cloud of UC communications but there be at least (maybe maximum!) one more on premise server iteration – Skype for Business Server 2019

So, from Mid-2018, we can start to expect to see Office 2019 clients with a view to release, Late 2018. One big announcement was the fact that these clients will support a minimum of Windows 10 and will be available on in the C2R format

Skype for Business Server 2019

  • IT Pro and Voice Centric Release
  • Improved Teams Interoperability
  • Refreshed mainstream support
  • Quality Security and Performance fixes
  • Refreshed clients
  • Improved MAC client, finish the story
  • C2R clients

SfB 2019 Client will be backwards compatible with the Skye for Business Server 2015 AND Lync Server 2013 – allowing for deployment of new office clients and desktops OSes in parallel to server planning

Deployment Requirements (important!)

High level deployment requirements were released and included some significant announcements:

  • Lync Server 2013 and Skype for Business Server 2015 support SIDE BY SIDE migration to Server 2019
  • SfB Server 2019 requires a minimum of Windows 2016 and SQL 2016
  • No Standard Edition in the next release
  • No in place upgrades,
  • Director Role has been dropped (although you could setup an empty EE pool and let it perform your auth and 301s)
  • The Online code effectively has been brought down and used as the basis for SfB Server 2019

Hybrid Value in 2019 Server

  • Don’t need to home users online but you do need a tenant!
  • We can give the on-premise users some of the same experiences
    • Same with admin experiences too
  • We will see a new hybrid Aware Office 365 Portal
  • Single portal for all Call analytics and reporting, one portal for all users, tailored
    • Teams users, SfB Server 2019 and SfBO users
  • Voicemail, Auto Attendants and Call queues, integrated with SfB Server 2019
    • Reduced Exchange Server dependency
  • Support for Hybrid Modern Auth (that’s already here)
  • Ensure interop between SfB and Teams with migration paths
  • Server 2019 will connect to the online portal to provide consistency
    • The new portal is hybrid aware

Meeting Migration Service

  • Scheduled meeting update service – replaces meeting migration tool
  • Works for users moving to SfBO from Server
  • Works for users adding PSTN conferencing to SfBO
  • Update for ignite: Users mailbox can be Exchange online or Server

SkypePreviews.com:

Now:

  • MMS with Exchange Server 2016
  • Hybrid Modern Auth

Coming Soon:

  • Customer Surveys for SfB Server 2019 – late 2017
  • SfB Server 2019 preview bits – Mid 2018

Stay tuned for more updates straight from Ignite 2017!

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Skype for Business SEFA Util

For those wondering, Secondary Extension Feature Activation – SEFA 🙂

I am slow off the mark with this one, but for those Administrators that have been using Lync Server 2013 SEFA Util, you will be pleased to know what a Skype for Business iteration has now been released!

Download here

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Skype for Business CU1 Released

Good morning, good afternoon and finally good evening!

On June 19th, Microsoft released the first Cumulative Update for Skype for Business Server 2015.

More information can be found here whilst the actual download is here.

In summary, CU1 addresses the following issues;

  • KB3069206 Exchange UM Auto Attendant can’t transfer call to phone/extension number in Skype for Business Server 2015 environment
  • KB3068921 RTCHost.exe process persistently consumes many CPU resources on a Skype for Business Server 2015 Front End server
  • KB3068926 Default presence configuration parameter is incorrect on a Skype for Business Server 2015 server
  • KB3068920 Skype for Business Web App connected to a wireless network crashes during audio/video or application sharing session
  • KB3068196 Call to a RGS number cannot be transferred to an available RGS agent in Skype for Business Server 2015-based client
  • KB3068197 Skype for Business Server 2015 RGS agent receives a toast for a second call after agent accepts the first waiting call
  • KB3068931 You cannot join a Skype for Business 2015 meeting when the server is deployed in Turkey system locale
  • KB3068932 “Device is not allowed to join” when you click a Skype for Business meeting URL on a Windows Phone 8.1 phone

Keep an eye out for updates to my previous post, for details on how to apply this update!

Happy Monday!

Lync Phone Edition Devices – Not updating

During a recent engagement, I had ran into an issue updating the firmware version on Lync Phone Edition Devices.

I initially kicked off with checks around DNS, Certificates, Ports and everything checked out but phones would still not update.

Test Devices had been configured correctly (using serial number and one using MAC) – still no joy.

The IIS logs are extremely useful; Jeff Schertz has excellent blog posts on Configuring LPE for Lync and Updating LPE devices which go into reviewing the IIS logs. In summary, it enables you to confirm whether devices are communicating with the device update site running on within the front-end pool, or in our case – NOT.

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Updating Skype for Business Front End Servers

Following on from my previous post, performing an In Place upgrade, I thought I would put together an overview of the simplified pool update process.

The Skype for Business Server management experience has introduced some very useful commands and processes. Firstly, the In-Place upgrade process itself, which introduced you to the Smart Setup and the Start-CsPool command, all which on their own reduce the operational loads significantly!

In this post, I will walk you through the simplified process of performing maintenance on your Skype for Business Enterprise Edition Front End Servers.

Now to summarise the overall process, I will let these two images do all the talking, on the left is the Lync Server 2013 Patching Process, on the right the same for Skype for Business Server 2015

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