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Skype for Business Hybrid Options

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Apr 12, 2017 1:06:17 PM

I have spent most of the last six years of my professional life configuring Exchange hybrid deployments for organizations looking to move their email into Office 365. Speaking from the perspective of someone who has set it up repeatedly, Exchange hybrid is straight forward. You take your on-premises Exchange organization’s and run the Hybrid Connectivity Wizard (HCW) to connect to Office 365. I suppose there is more to it than that, but this blog post is not the place to go into those details.

In this blog post, I want to talk about the hybrid options for Skype for Business. Hybrid for Skype for Business is a much newer offering from Microsoft, and in my opinion (as someone who has not set it up for hundreds of customers) much more complex.

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud, Skype, Skype for business

Using custom policies with Skype for Business Online

Posted by Vasil Michev MVP on Mar 7, 2017 12:54:51 PM

Another feature introduced at Ignite 2016 has now been released to the public, including the ability to create and modify Skype for Business Online Policies. Before diving into the details, here’s a short introduction of SfB policies and what they are used for.

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Topics: Skype for business

Upcoming Features for Skype for Business Online

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Aug 15, 2016 10:33:43 AM

Generally, I write about Exchange and Office 365 topics, but recently I’ve been doing more work in the Skype for Business Online area. That is still Office 365, but it’s an area I haven't paid much attention to in the past. Until the release of the E5 license with Cloud PBX, I don’t think there was a reason to pay attention to Skype for Business Online. It was really only good for IM and presence, and there was nothing to configure or set up there.

With the recent release of the Cloud PBX features, I’ve been spending a lot more time thinking about Skype for Business Online, so I figured I would start writing about it, too. In this post, I’m going to look at some of the upcoming Cloud PBX features.

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Topics: Skype, Skype for business

Q1 Release

Posted by Paul Robichaux on May 24, 2016 8:27:56 AM

One of my favorite parts of being ENow’s CTO is bragging on the work our technical team does. I’m delighted to announce the latest GA release of the ENow Management System, 7.2.0.1999. (Yes, that’s an odd version number—we purposely chose it in honor of Prince’s passing. Now we can, with a straight face, tell our customers to party like it’s 1999, as long as “party” means “upgrade” and “like it’s 1999” means “with our awesome new installer.”)

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Topics: Active Directory, ENow, Office 365, Mailscape365, Skype for business

Configuring and Managing Multi-factor Authentication for Exchange and Skype for Business

Posted by Bhargav Shukla MVP, MCSM, MCM on Feb 24, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Microsoft has been making changes in the Office suite of products to secure access with multi-factor authentication (MFA). Watch Bhargav Shukla go over how to best use multi-factor authentication solutions to secure Microsoft Exchange and Skype for Business Server products in your company. 

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Topics: Office 365, Exchange, Skype for business, MULTI-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION

Skype for Business new capabilities (Preview Program)

Posted by Johan Delimon on Dec 30, 2015 1:00:00 AM

This blogpost talks about the upcoming, soon to be released (maybe if you read this blog it may already have been released) features for Skype for Business, specifically about Skype for Business Online and Hybrid deployments with users hosted in online.  I will give my perspective to all the great work that Microsoft is doing.

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Topics: Skype, Lync, Skype for business

Lync/Skype for Business to Skype Connectivity Update

Posted by Johan Delimon on Jun 10, 2015 9:00:00 AM

This blog post highlights the changes that Skype for Business have brought to Lync/Skype for Business to Skype (Consumer) Connectivity. It’s intended to correct and update the following articles to the current functionality: 

In this article, we will discuss the following items:

  • Federation with Skype IDs
  • Skype Directory Search
  • Skype Consumer and Skype for Business compatibility matrix
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Topics: Skype for business, Lync for business, Skype Directory Search, Skype federation

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