Technet is DOOMED! How to save your favourite tools easily.

Microsoft hasn’t exactly been quiet about the pending doom of the TechNet website. With the intention of eventually moving some of its functionality over to the Microsoft Tech Community website. However, one of the things that the TechNet site hosted was the TechNet Gallery, a beautiful repository of community-made scripts, tools and even books! And… Read More »

Running a Teams Live Event? Close Skype4B!

Another quick one today. With the large push to online conferences this year for “obvious reasons” you may have a need to moderate a Microsoft Teams Live event or two. I recently produced several sessions for Commsverse 2020 Online this year. (I might have presented a session too.) If you’re not aware, the producer in… Read More »

Polycom VVX “Out of Hours” Power Saving feature and Skype for Business 2019

Note: This article is written as of VVX firmware 6.2 and Skype4b 2019 CU 3. These may change with different firmware releases! Also special thanks to Jeff Schertz over at Poly for pointing out the new cmdlets when I was digging in the wrong place. The Issue As part of one of my recent deployments,… Read More »

Preparing for Teams: Cleaning up your old Response Groups

As part of my Preparing for Teams series, one of the things we need to consider depending on your migration strategy is cleaning up users in your On-Prem Skype for Business Response Groups. By default when we Move a user from Skype to Teams or Disable the user account in Skype4B. The users SIP address… Read More »

Building a Covid-19 Safe Unattended Reception in Microsoft Teams

What? Why? How? With businesses slowly starting to return to work in certain parts of the world everyone is implementing Covid-Safe workplaces. Keeping 1.5M apart, reducing onsite staff counts and even placing up perspex barriers to prevent contact with each other is becoming a normal way of life. But what about your reception during these… Read More »

Preparing for Teams: Export your On-Prem LIS data for CQD

Do you have an on-premises deployment of Lync or Skype for Business? Have you spent ages getting your Location Data correct in your on-prem deployment? Are you moving to Microsoft Teams, or potentially using the new Skype 2019 Call Quality Dashboard connector and need a way to populate it with Building Data? Good news! I… Read More »

Preparing for Teams: Export all your Exchange UM Prompts quickly!

A nice quick post today. Let’s say you’re in the middle of migrating your aging Lync or Skype for Business deployment over to a new platform. Well with Office365 no longer supporting Exchange UM, there is a need to export your existing UM prompts so you can import them into Teams Auto Attendants. (or your… Read More »

Extension based SBC routing for non-DID numbers? You bet!

As you may have guessed by some of my recent posts, I have a client that is in the middle of a large cross-forest migration of their Skype4B environment. The issue As part of their requirements to cut users over, users will be getting new SIP addresses and are being cutover “step by step” instead… Read More »

Adventures with Import-CsUserData and “Specified part does not exist in the package”

TL;DR Searching for the error message and looking for the answer? Skip to the bottom! Introduction to Import/Export-CsUserData I feel a bit of an introduction is necessary as I wouldn’t encourage anyone to mess with these cmdlets unless there are no other options, but. I’ve recently been building a new Skype for Business 2019 deployment… Read More »

Fabric Circular Logging for Skype for Business 2019

The issue If like me, you have been using Pat’s awesome Get-CSFeatures script for your Skype for Business builds. You may have noticed a feature that no longer works with 2019. “Misc Server Config > Set Fabric logging to circular” with the error “This server does not have Windows Fabric Installed” This is no fault… Read More »