The Command Bar–Microsoft Teams

Microsoft is releasing a new feature for the Teams client, the Command Bar. This feature allows you to quickly navigate the Teams client using shortcut commands that can be entered into the Search/Command Bar.

Some examples you can use:

Search for people, files and messages.

  • Change your status using – /busy, /away, /dnd
  • Look up a recent file and open the file using /files
  • Look up someone’s org using /org
  • Navigate to a channel using /goto
  • Call a person using /call
  • Try out other /commands

Have your Microsoft Teams meeting call you back

If you’ve got a Skype for Business Audio Conferencing license, you’re now able to dial out to your own phone number from a current meeting. This allows you to transfer meeting audio to your phone if you’re having network problems, need to get in the car or on a slow connection.

Click the “i” icon on top of the right screen.

Here you can type in your own phone number.

If the call is placed succesfull, a checkmark will appear.

Mute someone in a Microsoft Teams Meeting

Microsoft has released (Januari 17) some new features to the Microsoft Teams client.

Mute someone in a meeting

Mute individual meeting participants straight from the meeting roster to cut down on background noise. If someone has been muted, they’ll get a notification letting them know. They’ll be able to unmute themselves if they need to chime in.

Mute everyone in a meeting

If you ever need to mute all the other participants in a meeting, head to your meeting roster and select Mute all. Each individual will get a notification and be able to unmute themselves if they need to.

Activating Teams Calling -Microsoft Teams

This howto helps you to check/configure Calling in Microsoft Teams.

Make sure you have correct licenses on your Office365 tenant.

  • E1
  • E3
  • E5

Microsoft Phone System License (this one is included in E5) and a Calling plan (domestic or Domestic + International Calling)

Login to the Skype for Business Online Powershell

Make sure you have download the SkypeOnlineConnector for Powershell.

Import-Module SkypeOnlineConnector
 $credential = Get-Credential
 $session = New-CsOnlineSession -Credential $credential -Verbose
 Import-PSSession $session
 Get-Command -Module tmp_mmdx3k5r.cuh

Check your tenant settings

Get-CsTeamsCallingPolicy

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Check if AllowCalling on global level is set to True.

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Network Assessment Tool for Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams

The Microsoft Network Assessment Tool provides the ability to perform a simple test of network performance to determine how well the network would perform for a Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business Online call. The tool tests the connection to Microsoft Network Edge by streaming a set of packets to the nearest edge site and back for approximately 17 seconds for a configured number of iterations.  The tool reports:

  • Packet loss
  • Jitter
  • Round-trip latency
  • Reorder packet percentage

Important: Starting around December 15 2017, older versions of the tool may stop working and will report an issue with the relay configuration. Please update accordingly.

Requirements

Supported Operating System: Windows 7 or later
PC must meet the requirements for Skype for Business Online systems described here.
For Windows Server edition, ensure the Desktop Experience feature is enabled.
For Windows N or KN versions, ensure the Media Feature pack is installed.
Only a single instance of the tool running on PC instance.

This tool is not intended for load/stress testing.

Installation

Download the latest version of the Network Assessment Tool over here

The tool in installed in the “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Skype for Business Network Assessment Tool” directory.

In the Usage.docx you can find more specific parameters to run the tool.

Usage

Browse with a command prompt over to “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Skype for Business Network Assessment Tool”

Default running the tool will forward you to Office365 (Skype for Businesss Online/Microsoft Teams). If you want to change the IP Address from the edge server you talking to you can open the “NetworkAssessmentTool.exe.config”. Line 27 will give you the oppurtunity to change the relay IP (If you want to talk to your own on-premises environtment this is your sip.domain.com IP address). You can also change the IP Addresses to for example Microsoft Teams, the IP Addresses you can find over here.

To change de number of calls you want to test change line 41 (Call will be made serially)

When executing the script you can add “/verbose” to display all of the output from the script.

Network performance

Run “NetworkAssessmentTool.exe” from the command prompt.

The tool is setting up a call (default configured 17seconds) and will display the status of the call.

Network connectivity

Run “NetworkAssessmentTool.exe /connectivitycheck” to test connectivity.

Results

The installation also contains a “ResultsAnalyzer.exe”, with this tool you can analyze the report from the command line:

To compare your values against the max values, you can check this blog article.