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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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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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Number porting 101 – Transferring phone numbers to Microsoft

Let’s say you are thinking of moving your phone numbers to Microsoft. Great! However, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration before making this leap. In this article I’ll go over what number porting is, what challenges you may face, and what you’ll need to know to get your numbers […]

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Skype for Business Server 2019 GA Released!

A couple weeks ago you may have heard through the grape vine that Skype for Business Server 2019 was released to the general public. Not only that, but all Office 2019 servers (Exchange, Skype for Business, SharePoint, and Project) were released for commercial customers. With this release came some great additions to features and functionality […]

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What’s new in Teams – Microsoft Ignite Edition

It’s that time of the year that every Microsoft IT pro gets excited for, Microsoft Ignite! Microsoft Ignite was filled with tons of exciting news across all things Microsoft! In this article I’ll be outlining the main highlights of Ignite as described in https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/What-s-new-in-Teams-Microsoft-Ignite-Edition/ba-p/252531. With that said, let’s jump right in since there is a lot […]

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Preparing for TLS 1.0/1.1 Deprecation and Why You Should Care

As you may have heard through the grape vine, TLS 1.0/1.1 will be deprecated starting October 31st, 2018. So what does that mean and why should you care? In this article we’ll discuss what this means for users of Lync/Skype for Business on-premises and Skype for Business Online and why TLS 1.2 will be mandatory going […]

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Migration to Skype for Business Server 2019 – Phase 7 (part 7)

Welcome back! Or if you’re new, then welcome! In yesterday’s blog we discussed Phase 6 which included moving from a pilot to a production deployment. Today we work on sealing the deal by going over our post-migration tasks. The list of tasks is pretty extensive but we’ll be sure to cover each one in detail […]

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Migration to Skype for Business Server 2019 – Phase 6 (part 6)

Hello again! Welcome back to Phase 6 of 8 in our migration to Skype for Business Server 2019. Last time we added the Edge Server role to our deployment. In this blog we’ll be making the big move from pilot to production! Don’t be scared though, because we’ll be discussing everything you’ll need to set […]

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Migration to Skype for Business Server 2019 – Phase 1 (part 1)

Skype for Business Server 2019 was recently released for preview on 7/24/18. With this release comes a plethora of information on what is included in this revision, what changes were made, and possibly the most important thing, how to migrate from Lync Server 2013 or Skype for Business Server 2015 to Skype for Business Server […]

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Running Microsoft Teams in a Virtual Environment

Nowadays security and compliance are at the forefront of many companies concerns. For organizations with these issues they typically look to virtualize some of their environment. To cater to those needs, Microsoft has recently made VDI available for Microsoft Teams. In this article I will be discussing some of the key features, limitations, and offerings […]

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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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Journey from Skype for Business to Teams: Part 1 – Optimization

As Walt Disney once said, “times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim focused on the future”. This applies to all aspects of change, especially in the technology world. That said, Microsoft has shifted gears over the past year to pursue a new hub for teamwork called Microsoft Teams. In this […]

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What’s New in Microsoft Teams – July 2018

Last month was loaded with some exciting news for the Microsoft Teams community. In this article I’ll be discussing all of the latest updates to Microsoft Teams for the month of June 2018. Direct Routing in Microsoft Teams released for GA That’s right, it’s here! Direct Routing has been released for general availability (GA). Direct […]

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