Category Archives: Skype for Business

Skype Meeting: Join by phone links now include Conference ID DTMF

Who would have thought a simple mouse hover on a Skype Meeting invite would consume so many hours… So what did I see? If you look closely at the Join by phone conference number links in the Skype Meeting, you will now notice that ,ConferenceID# has been added to the end of the phone number… Read More »

Polycom VVX firmware 5.3+ will bypass Dial Plan normalization for 911 in Skype for Business and calls could fail

Hopefully the title of this blog has scared you into reading more and also testing in your own environment! Today I was pulled into a support case where a client was testing 911 while switching sip providers, they discovered that the Skype for Business client was successful but the Polycom VVX would fail to make… Read More »

Skype for Business Resource Forest: Issue with people I invite from my company still waiting in the lobby

I get the pleasure of working with a verity of Multi-Forest environments, today’s scenario is a hosted Skype for Business environment within a Resource Forest and leveraging Exchange Online. The design is similar to the documentation on TechNet for Configure a Multi-Forest Environment for Hybrid Skype for Business but without the Hybrid of Exchange or… Read More »

Skype for Business Online/Cloud PBX dial plan extensions rule issue

You could say that I’ve spent a few hours with Cloud PBX, but it wasn’t until I attended Doug Lawty’s session “Understand the mysteries of Dial Plans and Voice Routes in Skype for Business” at Microsoft Ignite 2016. That a single slide on the default dial plans caught my eye (around the 15 minute mark).… Read More »

Guest appearance on The Skype Show (Episode 3)

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker on The Skype Show (http://www.theskypeshow.com/). This monthly online video web cast is the brainchild of a newly awarded Microsoft Office Servers and Services MVP Mark Vale, which is dedicated to the evangelism of unified communications. The Skype Show has been going strong for… Read More »

Invoke-SFBContacts

A few months ago my SIP address was changing and was looking for a way of exporting/importing my contact list. I wanted a solution to work no matter if the Lync/Skype for Business environment was on-premises, hosted or online. This led me down the path of playing with the Lync 2013 Client SDK: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/download/details.aspx?id=36824. If… Read More »

Skype for Business anonymous join failure when meeting organizer is disabled for federation

Before we start, I highly recommend you first read Scott Stubberfield’s “Anonymous join from Skype for Business and Lync Clients” blog post: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/scottstu/2015/04/03/anonymous-join-from-skype-for-business-and-lync-clients/ Now that you understand the anonymous join process, we’ll go into one scenario that I’ve been tracking since Lync Server 2013 RTM (almost 4 years…). (UPDATE Sept 17,2017) Issue resolved, see: http://realtimeuc.com/2017/09/skype4b-anonymous-join-success-when-meeting-organizer-is-disabled-for-federation/Read More »

Hey Juniper stop messing with my Skype for Business Desktop Share

For me 2016 will be the year Juniper (specifically SRX) attacked Skype for Business desktop sharing. I figured it was time to document at least one of my battles. Let me first start this post with the fact that I am not a networking expert, but have become an expert at finding network problems and… Read More »

Skype for Business Online – Session Details (Preview)

During Microsoft Ignite it was mentioned that the Session Detail reports would start rolling out to Skype for Business Online tenants this week. As promised, Session Details (Preview) started lighting up under the Report section of the Skype for Business Online admin center. To generate a report, the User and From data/time fields are required… Read More »