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Free Skype for Business Basic Client Download

29/08/2015 0 Comments
Free Skype for Business Basic Client Download

I’ve been asked this question a few times. There is a free “Lync Basic” client, mainly targeted at the lower end Office365 levels that include Lync/Skype for Business, but not Office Pro Plus. It doesn’t include all the features, just the core abilities. Microsoft Lync Basic 2013 gives you instant messaging (IM), audio and video […]

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Automated Script Install of SQL Server 2012

26/08/2015 0 Comments
Automated Script Install of SQL Server 2012

  I often have to spin up labs for testing various Lync/Skype for Business setups, and have been meaning to work this out for a while. It turns out it’s pretty simple. The SQL installer has a command land switch to take a config file, from which you can specify all your install options. With […]

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Modern Workplace Summit 8th-9th September Oslo and UC Day, 28th September UK

17/08/2015 0 Comments
Modern Workplace Summit  8th-9th September Oslo and UC Day, 28th September UK

  Just wanted to highlight two great upcoming events, hope to see you at them, come and say hello! Modern Workplace Summit in Oslo, 8th-9th September has four tracks over two days with 50 sessions and 24 speakers, 19 are Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals and internationally recognized speakers. Event tickets are NOK 3990. The four […]

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Quickly Disable Active Directory Password Policies in Lab

11/07/2015 0 Comments

Just discovered there is a simple PowerShell Cmdlet for this, saves having to dig into Group Policy $Domain = “domain.com” Set-ADDefaultDomainPasswordPolicy –Identity $Domain -PasswordHistoryCount 0 –MinPasswordLength 0 -MinPasswordAge 0 -MaxPasswordAge 0 -LockoutObservationWindow 0 -LockoutThreshold 0 -ComplexityEnabled $False

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Skype for Business, SDN Interface 2.2 Released

08/07/2015 0 Comments
Skype for Business, SDN Interface 2.2 Released

The Microsoft Skype for Business SDN Interface provides a subscription-based interface for network controllers or network management systems to receive call and quality data to monitor and analyze network traffic in order to optimize the Skype for Business media stream quality. Grab the download here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=44274 Check out the qualified Consumers of the API here: […]

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Skype for Business for Windows Phone Arrives as an Upgrade to Lync 2013 Client

06/07/2015 3 Comments
Skype for Business for Windows Phone Arrives as an Upgrade to Lync 2013 Client

Over the last 2 weeks or so, when you launched Lync 2013 on Windows Phone you got this message: Pointing you off to this blog post: https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/Skype-for-Business-is-coming-to-Windows-Phone-6f48a22d-b064-4f2f-beab-25b4744af5c4 Basically the post says, if you were using the Lync 2013 client on windows phone, whatever backend you have, you will be upgraded to the Skype for Business […]

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Skype for Business Server 2015 180 Day Trial Now Available

30/06/2015 0 Comments
Skype for Business Server 2015 180 Day Trial Now Available

For those looking to trial/lab Skype for Business Server, without access to Technet (RIP)/MSDN/Volume Licence Portal/Partner Portal can now grab the 180 day trial here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-skype-for-business-server I’m unclear if you can flip from trial to full (you can in Lync 2013 Server, so I would guess you can here), but will update this post if […]

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Skype for Business Server Cumulative Update 1 June 2015 6.0.9319.45

21/06/2015 4 Comments

June Cumulative update for Skype for Business Server 2015 is here. No “huge” updates listed, a few little fixes. The version number of this update is 6.0.9319.45. KB: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3061059 Installer (SkypeServerUpdateInstaller.exe 9319.55) : https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=47690 Install Steps: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3061064 Issues Resolved: KB 3069206 Exchange UM Auto Attendant can’t transfer call to phone/extension number in Skype for Business Server […]

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