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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.

Ignite Session Blog: BRK3124 ‘Meetings First’ – Skype for Business on-prem customers can take advantage of Teams Meetings

Published 02/10/2018 - 0 Comments

  This Ignite session wasn’t until the Friday, but for me, it’s one of the biggest Microsoft Teams announcements at Ignite. This unlocks a great way for a lot of existing Skype for Business Server customers to get some of the real Microsoft Teams experience and business benefits today with little change to users workflows. […]

Skype for Business Server 2015 CU7 Now Supports Blocking external NTLM (username/password auth) for Security

Published 02/10/2018 - 0 Comments

An open potential issue with SfB server has been the potential to get a list of accounts, try lots of random passwords and lock those accounts out. With the new Get/Set-CsAuthConfig cmdlets in CU7, you can shut down NTLM and Forms Based Auth externally. For more PowerShell information: Get-CsAuthConfig Set-CsAuthConfig Then, you configure […]

From Oct. 1st, new 500 seats or less Office 365 customers will be Microsoft Teams and will have no Skype for Business Online

Published 28/09/2018 - 1 Comment

  During the massive flood of Microsoft news this week from Microsoft Ignite, something that has been posted publicly on the Microsoft partner forum is about the more active transition from SfBO to Microsoft Teams: Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams upgrade: We recently announced that the roadmap for bringing Skype for Business Online features and […]

Skype for Business Server 2019 news from Microsoft Ignite

Published 27/09/2018 - 6 Comments

If there is one thing to take away from Microsoft Ignite this year, it’s that Microsoft Teams is Microsoft’s future direction for Collaboration and Unified Communications. There were over 50 sessions around Microsoft Teams but only one on Skype for Business Server. However, there is another version of Skype for Business server that is imminently […]