Why Microsoft Teams is so great!

Microsoft Teams is a relative new tool in the Office 365 suite. Teams is combining Office 365 Apps in one tool to facilitate collaboration and communication for groups or you probably can guess, teams. There are several applications on the market like Slack, Azendoo and HipChat but in my opinion they are missing some great integration with all the Office 365 Apps.

Below some reasons why i choose to use Microsoft Teams at Work.

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How to enable a Domain Admin for Skype for Business

Perhaps you have seen the error message below when trying to enable a Domain Admin (not recommended) in the Skype for Business control panel.

Active Directory operation failed on “DC01.skypedev.nl”. You cannot retry this operation:
“Insufficient access rights to perform the operation
00002098: SecErr: DSID-03150F93, problem 4003 (INSUFF_ACCESS_RIGHTS), data 0
“.You do not have the appropriate permissions to perform this operation in Active Directory. One
possible cause is that the Lync Server Control Panel and Remote Windows PowerShell cannot modify
users who belong to protected scurity groups (for example, the Domain Admins group). To manage
users in the Domain Admins group, use the Lync Server Management Shell and log on using a Domain
Admins account. There are other possible causes. For details, see skype for Business Server 2015 Help.

You cannot use the Control Panel to users who belong to protected security groups. So your options are to either use Powershell as suggested in the error message or you could try this magical thing:

  1. Open active directory users and computers
  2. Enable the advanced features in the view menu
  3. Search for the account which is in a protected security group
  4. Go to Properties / Security / Advanced
  5. Check the following box: Include inheritable permissions
  6. Retry what you were doing in the Lync Control Panel
Now this might not be the best “securest” way of solving this issue, but for my lab environment I do not care too much about that, but i should think twice before doing this in a productional environment. Probably you should not Skype enable your domain admin accounts at all if you want to be and stay secure.
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Lync Server 2013 CU 9 – July 2017

This article lists the available updates for Microsoft Lync Server 2013, and specifies the applicability of the updates for each server role. The latest update for Lync Server 2013 was released on July, 2017.

Improvements and fixes that the July 2017 update contains

Updates that are released for Lync Server 2013

Download the Cumulative Server Update Installer.

Powerpoint opens off-screen

Powerpoint

Toaday i was running in to a problem when starting powerpoint, it appears to open off the screen (probally an issue because of the use of external monitors at work).
The Powerpoint icon appears on the taskbar, and when I click it a window appears to fly off the right-hand side of the screen. When I click again I saw the same window fly back to the task bar.

Solution

Press Alt+Spacebar then M. Now you can move the window around with the arrow keys (on your keyboard).

Once it’s “dragged” back where you want it, or at least has the title bar on screen so you can grab it with the mouse and press ESC or you Maximize the application.

Microsoft Lync Connectivity Analyzer

Yesterday June 13  2017 Microsoft announced the retirement of the Lync Connectivity Analyzer, and will be no longer available for public download.
I’ve uploaded the latest version on my host. You can Download LyncConnectivityAnalyzer it right here.

What can you do with this tool?

This tool can help you to test both your internal and external network for the Lync Apps which are available via both the Windows Store and several other stores for mobile devices such as the MarketPlace.

There are a few parameters you will need to configure before you can start the test:

  • SIP URI;
  • password;
  • Username;
  • If Lync Discover will need to be used;
  • If the test is performed from internal or external;
  • For what kind of app you want to test.

Once these parameters have been specified you can push the start button.

After several seconds the result will be available and you know if your Lync infrastructure can offer service to the Apps.

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