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I Wrote a Book

Some of you may be aware that I recently published a book – Enterprise Voice in Skype for Business Server 2015. Visit www.evs4b.com for full details. This post is not specifically about the book. It is about why I wrote that book and the joy of doing that. </sarcasm> I originally started writing the book …

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The Android Experiment

I’ve used Windows-based phones since Windows Mobile 6.5. It’s been a very rocky road as Microsoft has changed direction with seemingly every release. But I’ve stuck it out for one main reason: It’s always struck a balance between customizability – the great Android strength – and stability – the great iOS strength. Maybe stability is …

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Control Permitted Calls via Dial Plans

It is generally believed that you can control numbers users are permitted to call only by limiting the permitted numbers in the Route. If you want to only permit local numbers to be dialed for a user, you create a route that only permits local numbers, then assign that route to a PSTN Usage and …

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Finding Unused PSTN Usages

I’m working on a little project to remove unused policies, dial plans, etc. frorm our Lync 2013 configuration. It’s all fairly straightforward to find policies with no users assigned to them. But PSTN Usages? Not so easy. PSTN Usages are a bit of a weird construct in the Lync/Skype for Business world. Forget that many …

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Speed Up your RGS Agents Sign In With EnableCrossSiteSignIn

If you are using formal response groups, then each of your agents needs to go to a web page and sign in to make themselves available for that response group. For small and midsize organizations this is probably a pretty quick activity. However, if you have a very large or very complex environment, it could …

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Take me to Your Leader and PinAuthType

New to Skype for Business Server is the PinAuthType setting. This is set via either the New-CsDialInConferencingConfiguration cmdlet or the Set-CsDialInConferencingConfiguration cmdlet. PinAuthType can be set to two values: "OrganizerOnly" – The system will no longer prompt the users to enter a leader PIN if an authenticated user has already activated the meeting. "Everyone" – The …

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Statistics Manager PowerShell Module

While troubleshooting one of my Statistics Manager agents that wouldn't connect to the Statistics Manager service, I was missing PowerShell. I ended up having to manually dig up the config files to ultimately find my error (Missed the port on the Statistics Manager URI). So I wrote a fairly simple PowerShell Module to help manage a …

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Mobile Discovery and Authentication Communication Flow

There isn't a lot of detailed documentation about what happens with Lync/Skype for Business mobility during the autodiscover phase. This article will detail how the mobile client eventually gets connected to the correct pool, especially if you have Directors or multiple pools in your environment. I won't dig into the autodiscover process from the DNS standpoint. …

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Jabra Evolve 65 Review

I got this headset free through work and not from Jabra. I recently got my hands on a Jabra Evolve 65 Bluetooth headset. My employer has recently begun handing these out to those who want them. And I want one because I need all the toys!   This is one of the newer headsets from …

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UC Now v 1.4

UC Now version 1.4 has just been pushed to the Windows Store. This version will work on Windows 8.1 and WIndows 10 along with Windows Phone 8.1 New to this version: Youtube channels for Exchange and Skype for Business/Lync Virtual Academy links for Exchange and Skype for Business/Lync The app can be downloaded here – …

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