Office 365 E5 – Cloud PBX

So as Day 1 Keynote has now taken place, several additional anouncements have been made; with respect to UC, the most significant being the announcement of Office 365 E5 Licensing SKU…

From a recent summary email;

New Office 365 E5 offering: In October, we will introduce a new premium Office 365 enterprise suite. The new E5 plan will include Cloud PBX, analytics, Power BI, and advanced security capabilities, providing partners with a complete productivity and communications offering for their enterprise customers.

Stay tuned for more updates as they come through!

 

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Lync Mobile – Now Add Contacts (iOS/WP)

Now please someone correctly if I’m severely behind the times with this one, but whilst having a play around with Lync Mobile running on iOS I noticed a new section appear in my contacts list, added by as well as a notification in the contacts section;

Added by Section

Added by Section

Contact Notification

Contact Notification

I am easily pleased….

so when contacts add you to their contact list, as does the Desktop client, the mobile client now also provides you with notification. Expanding the group obviously shows you who has added you; Continue reading

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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#Skype4B Architecture Updates

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?!).

Now for the content…

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Microsoft Federation Edge Changes

I recently received information that I thought would be useful to share with the community, also in attempt to prevent a lot of support threads asking why federation is no longer working with Microsoft! 🙂

“The federated edge server that supports Instant Messaging and conferencing with external companies will be migrated on Friday, May 9, 2014.

After the server migration, the IP address for the sipfed.microsoft.com SIP domain will change to 131.107.255.86. External companies who are federated with Microsoft may need to make changes to their infrastructure outlined under Instructions below in order for the federation to continue to function successfully.”

SUMMARY

Customers that originally configured their federation route with Microsoft to use an IP address will have to modify that entry and possibly firewall rules to ensure communications continue successfully.

INSTRUCTIONS

Depending on how their infrastructure is configured, they may need to make one of the following changes:

  1. Companies configured as direct federations using IP address (not sipfed.microsoft.com) will need to update their configuration to the new IP address.
  2. Companies using their firewall(s) to filter by IP address will need to update their Access Control List (ACL) to the new IP address

Note: External companies that are configured as an Enhanced federation and have configured their firewall(s) to Allow All (inbound and outbound) on TCP:5061 according to Microsoft’s recommendations will not need to make any changes.