Author Archives: James Arber

James Arber

About James Arber

I’ve spent the last 15+ years working in the Networking and UC industry, Now mostly working with Lync and Skype for Business. Blogs and comments are my own thoughts and not indicative of my employer

Teams Voice Connectivity for Tenants without PSTN Calling

So as you all might have heard. Skype for Business is slowly going to transition into Microsoft Teams. I’m not going to go too much into this as most of the MVP community has covered a lot of what’s happening. If you’re not aware, Teams will be taking on PSTN call functions. But, Teams is… Read More »

MSIgnite UC Wrapup Day 1, Hello Microsoft Teams Calling!

A Quickish roundup of some of the big things at Microsoft Ignite 2017 Day 1 Apologies, I was very Jet lagged when I recorded this, so its far from perfect.   Follow me on Twitter http://www.Twitter.com/Atreidae More information from Microsoft can be found here https://aka.ms/SkypeAndTeams Tom’s Article can be found here http://tomtalks.uk/2017/09/microsoft-teams-will-evolve-primary-office-365-client-replacing-skype-business-client-office-365-5-things-know/ With Matt’s Article… Read More »

Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC in depth, Now with video!

So, its after August 25th, the Embargo is lifted and I can finally talk to you about the Plantronics Voyager 8200 First off, Wow, It seems like my initial first impressions with the Plantronics Voyager 8200 were extremely popular, it’s also sparked some interesting conversation from a competing vendor who seem to have been caught… Read More »

First Impressions with the Plantronics 8200 UC and I’m in Love.

Update: Full Review and video samples over here So I was lucky enough to play with a Plantronics 8200 UC during the Melbourne UC Meetup last night, thanks to Simon at Plantronics. The device is the logical evolution of the Plantronics Focus and the Back Beat Pro 2. I didn’t get to spend long with… Read More »

Office Online Server and Office Web Apps Server Fails to present when installed in non-default path

Another one I’ve been scratching my head for days on and finally found a fix. I cant take all the credit for this. One of my co-workers Chris helped find the solution along with some pointers from the TechNet forums over here Also turns out the sexy beast that is Ken Lasko ran into a… Read More »

Solved: Sign into Office365 hybrid with SIP address

So I recently ran into a situation with a deployment where I needed to use my admin accounts UPN to sign into office365 instead of the tenant account, This works fine for hybrid up, until the point you cutover internal DNS to point to the internal infrastructure instead of Office365 Then, whenever you attempt to use… Read More »

Sonus AD lookups fail when LDAP credentials are correct and AD is online

Whats this? a Sonus article? Damn straight it is! So I was recently doing a deployment for a larger organisation. One of my first deployments using a Sonus SBC to do LDAP routing instead of an AudioCodes and I ran into some interesting issues For those that arent aware, Sonus SBC’s do AD lookups a… Read More »

How bad is the CVE-2017-8550 XSS exploit for Skype4B?

So for those of you who don’t have your ear on the #skype4B hash tag on twitter (and you should) nyxgeek released an exploit for the Skype4B 2016 and Lync 2103/Skype4B 2015  Click to Run Client, that exploits XSS to allow for remote website execution without user interaction on the receiving users machine. On the… Read More »

Change the Skype4B SDN Interface Listener Config URL without re-installing

So maybe you have moved your SDN master recently, or more likely. like me. you stuffed up the host name in a few of your hosts during the install process. To save yourself the effort of un-installing and re-installing the SDN Listener on every machine, you can just update the following config file. C:\Program Files\Microsoft… Read More »

Response Group Calls not Presented to Agents due to SQL Write issues (Event ID 32269 and 32270)

The issue So, I ran into a weird issue a while back where Response Group Calls would be answered by RGS, the IVR messages and actions would play out and the call would be dropped into a queue to look for an agent. The Caller would hear the queue on hold music and after the… Read More »