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Direct Routing March 2019 Updates (Part 1 of 5)

Last year Microsoft released something referred to as BYOT (Bring Your Own Trunk). Upon its GA release, this was renamed to Direct Routing for Microsoft Teams. Direct Routing is very similar to the offering in Skype for Business Online (CCE) however Direct Routing will not require the large footprint that was required for Cloud Connector […]

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Core Components of Microsoft Teams – Part 5 – Exchange

Welcome back to the last article in the “Core Components of Microsoft Teams” blog series! Throughout this series we’ve explained how different Microsoft products are leveraged within Microsoft Teams. Today, we’ll wrap things up by discussing how Microsoft Teams uses Exchange. How does Teams use Exchange? Teams uses Exchange in various ways. One of the […]

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Core Components of Microsoft Teams – Part 4 – SPO & ODfB

Hello and welcome back to part 4 of the “Core Components of Microsoft Teams” blog series! Last time we discussed Office 365 Groups and how they are leveraged by Microsoft Teams. In a similar fashion, today we’ll be covering how SharePoint Online and One Drive for Business tie into Microsoft Teams. This will be a […]

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Core Components of Microsoft Teams – Part 2 – Azure AD

Welcome back to part 2 of the “Core Components of Microsoft Teams” blog series! This time we’ll be discussing what Azure AD is and how it relates to Microsoft Teams. What is Azure Active Directory (AAD)? Azure Active Directory (AAD) is Microsoft’s multi-tenant , cloud based directory and identity management service. Azure AD combines the […]

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Core Components of Microsoft Teams – Part 1 – Architecture

Welcome to a new blog series on Microsoft Teams! In this series we’ll be covering all core components as it relates to Microsoft Teams. Specifically, in this first article we’ll discuss the architecture of Teams as this will lay the foundation for the next 4 articles in this series. In the next few articles we’ll […]

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Plan Your Network in Microsoft Teams (2019) – Part 6

Welcome back to the last blog in the “Plan Your Network in Microsoft Teams” series! Last time we talked about the process of connecting to Office 365 over the internet. In this article, we’ll discuss  peering, QoS, and some tools to assist you in planning your network for Microsoft Teams. So without further ado let’s […]

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Plan Your Network in Microsoft Teams (2019) – Part 5

Welcome back to part 5 of the “Plan Your Network in Microsoft Teams” blog series! Last time we talked about the different types of media flows in Microsoft Teams and how they work. This time, we’ll be breaking down the Office 365 network and how your users connect to the cloud over the internet. Connecting […]

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Plan Your Network in Microsoft Teams (2019) – Part 4

Welcome back to part 4 of “Planning Your Network in Microsoft Teams” blog series. Last time we talked about the anatomy of a Teams call as well as some of the network impairments that can severely impact your call quality. Now that you have a good understanding of that, it is time to move on […]

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Plan Your Network in Microsoft Teams (2019) – Part 3

Welcome back to Part 3 of “Planning Your Network in Microsoft Teams” series! Last time, we talked about what real time communications was and the protocols used for media traffic in Microsoft Teams. In this article, we’ll be going a step further and breakdown the anatomy of a media session in Microsoft Teams. Then we’ll […]

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Plan Your Network in Microsoft Teams (2019) – Part 2

Welcome back! Last time we discussed (at a high level) what you will need to consider to implement Teams in your environment. This time, we’ll be taking a deep dive into each of these areas so you can get a full understanding about what is required to ensure a successful implementation. Specifically, we’ll start off […]

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Upgrading from Skype for Business to Teams – 2019 Edition

With 2019 in full swing you may be curious what Microsoft has in store for their hub for teamwork, Microsoft Teams. Well last week Microsoft released some new updates on guidance for upgrading from Skype for Business to Teams. In this blog article, I’ll quickly outline some of the recent updates Microsoft has made to […]

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Plan your Network in Microsoft Teams (2019) – Part 1

With 2019 in full swing, your organization may be looking to upgrade your infrastructure. One of those areas may include your telephony, instant messaging platform, or audio conferencing platform. Well, why not knock out all 3 at once by using Microsoft Teams as you hub for teamwork! Having all of these capabilities ready to use […]

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New Voice Features in Microsoft Teams – December 2018

Happy Holidays! Microsoft has us all on their “nice list” and as a result they have left some gifts under the tree! Those gifts being some exciting new updates for Microsoft Teams! So, without wasting anymore time, let’s get to unwrapping these gifts! New Voice Features! For those of you moving from a legacy PBX […]

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Teams Adoption Hub – Deep Dive –Part 4 (Scale)

Welcome back to the final phase in your Teams Adoption! In this last phase we’ll be bringing everything you’ve learned thus far and apply it to support the broad scale enablement of Teams into your organization! In order to do this properly, you should follow these steps: Define outcomes and successes Optimize feedback and reporting […]

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Teams Adoption Hub – Deep Dive — Part 3 (Experiment)

Welcome back! In the last blog article of this series we discussed how to get started with your Microsoft Teams adoption phase which included gathering your team, setting up your team, and starting to use Teams. In this article we’ll be discussing the experimentation of using Microsoft Teams. As a best practice, Microsoft recommends that […]

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Teams Adoption Hub – Deep Dive — Part 2 (Start)

Welcome back! In Part 1 of this series we discussed an overview of what the new Teams Adoption Hub was and how the hub is broken down into three different adoption phases: Start Experiment Scale Of those three adoption phases mentioned above, today we’ll be focusing on adoption phase 1 (Start), which includes gathering your […]

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Teams Adoption Hub – Deep Dive — Part 1 (Overview)

Hot off the presses! Microsoft just released a new Teams Adoption Hub which basically simplifies your deployment and adoption process for Microsoft Teams as well as other Office 365 workloads! If you were unable to check out some of the content from Ignite, they actually covered a session about the Office 365 adoption framework in which they […]

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Piloting Microsoft Teams – Skype for Business to Teams journey

Many organizations are now trying to adopt Teams at a rapid pace. However, adopting a new product like Teams alongside Skype for Business is no easy task and can create confusion if not implemented properly. My intention with this article is to discuss how to properly pilot Teams for your organization so you can test […]

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New administrator capabilities in Microsoft Teams! – Nov. 2018

November has been a great month for our administrators in Teams because Microsoft has recently expanded the administrative capabilities! In order for your organization to have a great experience with Teams you need to ensure your administrators are well equipped with good governance capabilities. With that said, let’s go over what has recently been added […]

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