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My New Pluralsight Course: Skype for Business Server 2015: What’s New, Install, and Upgrade

Published 14/10/2015 - 0 Comments


I’ve been working with the great people at Pluralsight to produce a new video course on Skype for Business Server, covering what’s new and how to to an in place and side by side migration from Lync Server.

It’s aimed at an intermediate audience, so some knowledge of Lync/Skype is useful, but I also recap some of the basics on roles and topologies. Here is a look at what the 9 modules cover over about 4 hours:

You can find the full course here:

What Is Skype for Business?

  • Introduction
  • Module Overview
  • Who I Am
  • What Is Skype for Business?
  • Demo of Skype for Business
  • The Rebrand from Lync to Skype for Business
  • Skype for Business Server vs. Online/Office 365

What’s New in Skype for Business Server 2015

  • Module Overview
  • Skype Branding
  • Management and Patching Improvements
  • Call via Work
  • Server Side Conversation History
  • Video Interoperability Server (VIS)
  • Call Quality Dashboard
  • New Office 365/Hybrid Features
  • Deployment Improvements

Skype for Business Server Topologies and Roles

  • Introduction
  • Front End Server and Services
  • Mediation and Gateways
  • Survivable Branch Appliance/Server
  • Edge Server
  • Persistent Chat
  • Director Server
  • Video Interoperability Server
  • Supporting Infrastructure
  • Topology Concepts and Examples

Planning a New Install of Skype for Business at CCDD Bank

  • About CCDD Bank
  • Topology and Design
  • Key Server and Hardware Requirements and Recommendations
  • Deployment Plan

Installing Skype for Business Server 2015 Standard Edition

  • Module Overview
  • Greenfield Deployment Demo – Core Components
  • Greenfield Deployment Demo – Active Directory
  • Greenfield Deployment Demo – Admin Tools
  • Greenfield Deployment Demo – Publish Topology
  • Patching Lync Server 2013 Introduction
  • Patching Lync Server 2013 Core Components
  • Patching Lync Server 2013 Database Updates
  • Patching Lync Server 2013 Post Patching Checks
  • Deploying SfB Server 2015 Deployment Steps
  • Deploying SfB Server 2015 Prerequisites
  • Deploying SfB Server 2015 Topology Publish
  • Deploying SfB Server 2015 Installing Server
  • Deploying SfB Server 2015 Certificates
  • Deploying SfB Server 2015 Starting Server

Installing Edge Server

  • Edge Server Deployment Steps
  • Edge Server Prerequisites
  • Network Configuration
  • DNS
  • Topology
  • Edge Server Installation
  • Certificates
  • Starting Services

Pool Pairing, Monitoring, Archiving and Enterprise Voice

  • Module Overview
  • Pool Pairing Deployment
  • Monitoring and Archiving Deployment
  • Basic Enterprise Voice Setup Overview
  • Basic Enterprise Voice Setup Demo
  • Lync Server 2013 Decommission Tips

Planning an In Place Upgrade at AAZZ Manufacturing

  • AAZZ Manufacturing
  • Topology and Design
  • Deployment Plan

In Place Upgrade from Lync Server to Skype for Business Server

  • Module Overview
  • In Place Upgrade Demo Part 1
  • In Place Upgrade Demo Part 2
  • Edge Server In Place Upgrade
  • Testing with PowerShell
  • Summary

I hope you check it out and really welcome any feedback or questions. Also, what would you want to see in a future more advanced course? Please let me know



Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot

Principal Solutions Architect at Modality Systems
Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.

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