Erwin Bierens

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Ignite News day 2

Some nice announcements about Skype for Business vNext today. New release of “Skype for Business Server 2019” will available by the end of 2018. Requirements Windows Server 2016 SQL Server 2016 Only enterprise edition will be available. You can run 1, 3,4… up to 16 front end servers. (2 front end servers not). The directors, persistent chat role and the standard edition will be dropped. SBA/SBS don’t change.

Ignite News day 1

So what’s the most interesting news on Ignite 2017 for today (so far), will update this blog! Skype Operations Framework moves into Practical Guidance for Cloud Voice on Fasttrack MyAdvisor will help you with setting up Voice (link) Skype for Business Server will be updated second half of calendar year 2018 Microsoft Teams client will take over Skype for Business Online client Cloud PBX renamed to Phone System PSTN Conferecing renamed to Audio Conferencing Microsoft is also introducing new enhancements to Teams meetings, including audio conferencing (available in preview today)—enabling participants to join a Teams meeting by dialing a telephone number—and interoperability between Teams and Skype for Business, including universal presence, and messaging and calling interoperability.

Let’s Encrypt and Skype for Business

For my home lab I’m using the free certificates from Let’s Encrypt (Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open Certificate Authority). The certificates from them have 1 big limitation, they are only valid for 3 months but you can renew them “almost” automatically. As explained In my blog last week about “Skype for Business environment running with just one public IP” I’m running my Reverse Proxy with IIS ARR (Application Request Routing).

How to install and deploy Polycom VVX 5.6.0 firmware in to Skype for Business

Polycom Polycom has released version 5.6.0 for their range of VVX handsets, which includes the following enhancements for Skype for Business: Support for Dial Plan Normalization, Multiple Emergency Number Dial Plan Skype for Business User interface enhancements Skype for Business Conference Enhancements Device Lock Enhancements Profile Picture on Device Lock Screen Secure Single Sign-On With Third-Party Supporting Solutions Safe Transfer for Boss-Admin Enhancements Busy Options for Incoming Calls. The release applies to the following phones and accessories: VVX 201 VVX 300/301/310/311 VVX 400/401/410/411 VVX 500⁄501 VVX 600⁄601 For the full list of updates, read the release notes.