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Jeff Brown

Senior Technical Consultant

I am a Senior Technical Consultant focusing on Lync/Skype for Business. I have a broad background in Windows system administration and enjoy writing PowerShell scripts.

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Office 365 – Microsoft Teams and Dial In Conferencing in Preview

More and more Skype for Business functionality is making its way into Microsoft Teams. I opened my Outlook client today to create a new Microsoft Teams meeting, and, to my surprise, there is a “Join by Phone” option with a dial-in number and conference ID: It looks like Teams is using the dial-in conferencing information that […]

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Skype for Business – Upcoming Ignite 2017 Sessions to Watch

With one week to go until Microsoft Ignite 2017 in Orlando, FL, I decided to take a look at the Skype for Business sessions to see which ones gave clues about new and upcoming features to the product. Here are the top four that I found. First, there is Real Time Communications with Network Planner. It […]

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Skype Online – Is Microsoft Teams the Future?

It has been speculated that some type of change or re-brand of Skype for Business might be happening due to the overlapping feature set of Teams along with the upcoming Ignite session names. Today’s “glitch” only seemed to add speculation to this. In a blog post by Mary Jo Foley over at zdnet.com, she shows […]

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Skype for Business – How to Integrate with Exchange Server 2016

Recently I had to perform a familiar function: integrating Skype for Business with Exchange in order to allow IM and presence functionality inside of OWA (or “Outlook on the Web” as it is now known). While the process on the Skype for Business side has stayed the same, Microsoft has introduced a new way to […]

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Skype for Business – How to Install on Windows Server 2016

On June 20 of this year, Microsoft announced support for Skype for Business Server 2015 with Window Server 2016. This comes on the heels of the May 2017 update for Skype for Business Server 2015, and it has been anticipated that this update would provide the support. While Microsoft does provide a basic guide on […]

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Skype Online – Pulse Available Exclusively to Broadcast Meetings

If you check the Message Center in the Office 365 admin portal, Microsoft announced that the Pulse service is no longer available as a free service but as an exclusive service for Skype for Business Broadcast Meetings. Microsoft Pulse allows for interactive voting, surveys, and polls to be conducted during a meeting for attendee interaction. […]

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Skype Practice Adds New Capabilities with Clarity Connect

Announced on Friday, June 23, 2017, Perficient acquired Clarity Consulting based out of Chicago. Clarity Consulting adds many capabilities to Perficient’s Microsoft practice for custom application development and cloud implementations. Most notably is the addition of Clarity Connect, a full feature contact center solution for Lync and Skype for Business. Clarity Connect was developed specifically […]

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Skype Online – Managing User Access to Skype Meeting Broadcast

The things you can find when you’re not even looking for them. Recently I was enabling Skype Meeting Broadcast in Office 365 for a customer, and I wanted to verify if there were any other PowerShell commands available with the word “broadcast” in them to make sure I didn’t miss any configuration options. When I […]

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Skype Online – How To Create and Apply Dial Plans

Last week Microsoft moved Skype for Business Online tenant dial plans from preview into general availability. As I have previously written about, dial plans are a great addition to those considering Cloud PBX for their organizations. Dial plans allow administrators to accommodate end-user dialing habits, such as dialing 7 digits for a local number. Dial […]

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Office 365 – Microsoft Releases Teams Bandwidth Calculator

Microsoft Teams has generated lots of questions since its preview became available in the fall of 2016. Since the service was made generally available in March 2017, Microsoft has started releasing more tools and information on how to plan, provision, and administer the new service in Office 365. One of those tools released this week […]

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