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Upgrading to Microsoft Teams: IT Admin Edition (Part 2)

Welcome back to the second blog in our upgrading to Microsoft Teams: IT Admin Edition series. If you are just joining us for the first time, I encourage you to check out the first blog in this series as it covers some important concepts for you IT admins out there! This time we’ll be discussing […]

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Upgrading to Microsoft Teams: IT Admin Edition (Part 1)

If you’ve read my previous blogs, I talked a lot about the upgrade process from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. However, this covered the overall planning process but did not cover what things would look like from an IT administrator perspective. Well, lucky for you that is what we’ll be covering in this blog! […]

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Managing Coexistence & Interop in Microsoft Teams (Part 3)

Welcome back! You’ve made it to the final blog in this series on managing coexistence and interoperability in Microsoft Teams! Last time we discussed in-tenant interop flows. This time we’ll wrap things up by discussing external access/federation and how this differs from coexistence. For those of you coming from the Skype for Business world, you […]

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Managing Coexistence and Interop in Microsoft Teams (Part 2)

Welcome back! In part 1 of this blog series we covered at a high level what coexistence and interoperability between Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams involved. This time, we’ll take things a step further by looking at the technical view of interoperability scenarios you’ll need to know in order to implement this in your […]

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Managing Coexistence and Interop in Microsoft Teams (Part 1)

One of the biggest concerns when switching from Skype for Business to Teams revolves around the ability for the two products to work together. However, what is often overlooked is what will be required to meet these expectations. Fear not, in this article we’ll be discussing the high level in’s and out’s for interoperability and […]

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OAuth 2.0 – What will it mean for your Skype for Business Users?

Security is one of the most important aspects within Information Technology. As technology advances so do the requirements for a robust security system to prevent breaches and threats to your data. To combat this, Microsoft will be implementing Microsoft Identity Platform 2.0 which will utilize OAuth 2.0. In this article we’ll be discussing this latest […]

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Microsoft Teams – Routing and Presence are Now Fully Aligned

Possibly on of the best updates of October relates to the change in presence publishing! Microsoft has listened to customer feedback and with this latest update your presence between Skype for Business and Teams is now fully aligned! In this article I’ll discuss what has changed with this latest update for Teams and what this […]

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Skype for Business Server 2019 Preview

Over the past few months Microsoft has been pushing Teams, Teams, and more Teams. However, today Microsoft has given some love to Skype for Business Server 2019 by releasing it for preview. In this article I’ll be discussing what’s new in Skype for Business Server 2019 as well as what has been deprecated in this […]

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Journey from SFB to Teams: Part 3 – Coexistence and Upgrade Modes

One of the best ways to transition users over to Microsoft Teams is by enabling users to use Teams alongside Skype for Business. You will notice throughout this article that both Teams and Skype for Business have several functions that overlap. With that said, it is very important to review the different upgrade modes to […]

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Journey from Skype for Business to Teams: Part 2 – Pilot

Welcome back! Last time we talked about the first phase in your journey to Microsoft Teams from Skype for Business. This included optimizing and assessing your environment prior to implementing Teams. In this blog article we will discuss the second phase of your journey, which includes piloting Microsoft Teams alongside Skype for Business. The pilot […]

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New date for discontinuation of support for SBC in Exchange UM

Well, Microsoft likes to keep us on our toes. You may remember my blog post from back in February when I stated that Microsoft¬†announced the end of support for Exchange Online Unified Messaging for 3rd party PBX connections via SBC (Session Border Controller) would be “discontinued July of 2018“. Well… Microsoft has changed that date […]

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Skype For Business 2015 Services Frustration

I recently ran into a problem with a Skype for Business 2015 on-premises deployment where certain services randomly failed to start. After successfully deploying and testing the services it was time to patch the OS and reboot. This is where things became interesting. As you can see from the screen grab below there were specific […]

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April Updates – Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams has recently come out with some exciting new features and functionality which makes this hub for teamwork an even more robust tool. In this article I’ll go over some of those updates that have rolled out or are in the process of rolling out over the last few weeks. April Updates for Users […]

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Skype for Business Online Advanced Network Assessment

Perficient partners with Integrated Research to deliver their UC Assessor and Path Insight detailed network and environmental analysis. UC Assessor is a cloud-based tool that is designed to work with not only Skype for Business, but many different vendors such as AudioCodes, Avaya, and Cisco. So, why conduct an advanced network assessment? Here are a […]

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New Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center Released

Well you’ve been patiently waiting and Microsoft has finally answered your prayers. The new Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business Admin Center is now in the process of being rolled out across all tenants. If you notice that your tenant still only shows Skype for Business Admin center, no need to worry. Microsoft is rolling […]

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Making the Most of the Skype for Business Network Assessment Data

In my prior blog, I covered how to automate the process of running a Skype for Business Online network assessment. You can read about it here. A network assessment using the free Microsoft tool generates a CSV file which is used to record the results. You can download the assessment tool from here. We will […]

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Introducing Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Microsoft Teams is joining Skype for Business in the admin center! You may have seen the news in your tenant/online regarding the exciting news that Microsoft Teams is finally joining Skype for Business in the Admin Center. For the admins that are not fond of using PowerShell for everything, […]

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