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Skype for Business Online Cloud Connector Edition 2.1 Released with support for monitoring using Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS)

Published 19/11/2017 - 2 Comments

As promised a few weeks ago on the Skype for Business blog, Cloud Connector Edition 2.1.0 is now released. If you’re set to auto-update, you should see the update soon, if you’re not set to auto update you have 60 days before you are technically out of support on CCE 2.0.x

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Download here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=52963

Plan for Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt605227.aspx

Cloud Connector 2.1 supports monitoring Cloud Connector using Operations Management Suite (OMS), a Microsoft cloud IT management solution. OMS Log Analytics enables you to monitor and analyze the availability and performance of resources including physical and virtual machines. For more information, see Monitor Cloud Connector using Operations Management Suite (OMS)

It’s confirmed that there is now no plan to support CCE in the same environment/customer/topology as Skype for Business Server (referred to as co-existence). So if you have Skype for Business server and want to “bring your own PSTN” to Skype for Business Online Phone System you must use Skype for Business server for that connectivity, this model is referred to as OPCH, On-Premises Call Handling. There are appliances from AudioCodes and Sonus that can be setup in an “OPCH mode”. CCE is only for 100% Cloud customers only.

It’s understood that Microsoft Teams will have a new methodology for “bringing your own carrier connectivity”, informally called BYOT, “Bring Your Own Trunk”, we should see a Technical Preview for this in early 2018.

Credit to Michael LaMontagne I think being the first to spot the release.

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 tomtalks.show and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.

2 comments

Neeraj - 22/11/2017 Reply

Too bad they killed co-existence support. Was looking forward to deploying that solution at remote sites :-(

If all the future voice stuff is coming from Azure media services (or whatever they call it now), then wouldn’t BYOT be available for SfB environments too?

    Tom Arbuthnot - 28/11/2017 Reply

    It appears it will be for Microsoft Teams only judging by current plans I’m afraid

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