Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business – Ignite – A roundup from Twitter
Sep26

Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business – Ignite – A roundup from Twitter

The biggest news from Microsoft Ignite is the announcement of Microsoft Teams replacing Skype for Business Online. This has sent the Community, Skype for Business service providers and Integrators around the globe into a bit of a rumour mill. So the key point is Teams will replace Skype for Business Online.  Microsoft will be announcing a new version of Skype for Business Server 2019 (Formerly LCS, OCS & Lync)  that we all know...

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Skype for Business – Why you should install Office 2016 CTR rather than traditional MSI
Jul28

Skype for Business – Why you should install Office 2016 CTR rather than traditional MSI

If you don’t have Office 365 or are not using the Office 2016 Click To Run (CTR) software on your end users computers they may be missing out on some great new features. The first great feature of the CTR version of Office 2016 is Consult and Transfer.  Lync 2010, Lync 2013 and Skype for Business has desperately needed a Consult and Transfer button.  In the past this was a complicated process for some users and I have had...

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Skype for Business – Automatically set RGS Holiday Sets with PowerShell and JSON
Jul07

Skype for Business – Automatically set RGS Holiday Sets with PowerShell and JSON

Every Lync/Skype admin has the same nightmare with Response Group Holiday sets, something that has to manually be programmed each year for Public Holidays in your country.  What if you could script populating Holiday Sets automatically using PowerShell and an API? I live in England and most of my customers are UK based so I needed a service that would give me Public Holidays for the UK.   Our government website lists all Public...

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Skype for Business – Move-CsRgsConfiguration : Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
Jul03

Skype for Business – Move-CsRgsConfiguration : Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

During a side-by-side Lync 2013 to Skype for Business migration I encountered an error moving Response Groups using Move-CsRgsConfiguration. PowerShell Move-CsRgsConfiguration -Source lyncfepool.domain.local -Destination skypefepool.domain.local 1 Move-CsRgsConfiguration -Source lyncfepool.domain.local -Destination skypefepool.domain.local This resulted in the error “Move-CsRgsConfiguration : Object reference not set to an...

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Skype for Business – Import Common Area Phones from CSV
Jan11

Skype for Business – Import Common Area Phones from CSV

I recently had a customer that required 90 Common Area Phones creating in Skype for Business.  This is quite a tedious task so the easiest way is to populate a CSV and use a PowerShell script to do the import. When creating a Common Area Phone in Lync/SfB it can take a few seconds before you’re able to assign Policies and Pin numbers to the objects.  This slows the script down significantly if waiting 20 seconds between creating...

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