Lync / Skype for Business

Skype for Business – The Skype for Business Control Panel is getting refreshed

Following the release of the first cumulative update for Skype for Business 2019 (see https://t.co/VdNnDpTdPV), the Skype for Business Control Panel is getting refreshed to get ride of Silverlight. Well, sort of as at this stage the capabilities available in this new Control Panel are quite limited to Users management; the other capabilities are not …

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Skype for Business – The first CU for Skype for Business 2019 is now available

This is it, the first CU for Skype for Business 2019 is now available for download and install from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=de77f3bc-efd5-4dab-a2fb-81e2894b0937. The list of all fixes is available from the KB 4470124 https://support.microsoft.com/kb/4470124/. It is worth noting that the SfB Control Panel is also getting a refresh, getting ride of Silverlight. The ‘new’ control panel is …

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Skype for Business – Important change coming for public federation

If you have setup (or plan to) public federation with your Skype for Business on-premises, the following change is important. Until now, when setting up public federation with Skype for Business you had to go to pic.lync.com website to manually provision the public IM connectivity. On August 15th 2019, this website is being shutdown and …

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Skype for Business 2019 – The first CU is now available

It was long expected update, the first cumulative update for Skype for Business Server 2019 has just been released and is now available for download. You can get it from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=58347 The related KB 4470124 listing the installation steps and the issue fixed (yes, just a single issue; don’t know if this because the product …

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Skype for Business Online – 3DES support is going to be retired

A simple reminder that the 3DES cipher support for Skype for Business Online (SfBO) is going to be retired starting July 10th. If you are still using client using 3DES cipher (hopefully not) to connect to Skype for Business Online – like Lync 2010, Lync Phone Edition or Lync Mac 2011 – you will not …

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Office 365 – 3DES cipher support is being retired by Feb 28, 2019

As Microsoft has announced it was moving to TLS 1.2, the 3DES cipher support is going to be removed by February 28, 2019. If you are not sure if this cipher is still being used by your organization to connect and access Office 365 services you can go to the Secure Score website (http://securescore.microsoft.com) and …

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Skype for Business – The SfB additional tools are now available

After getting Skype for Business 2019 being generally available few weeks ago, the additional tools are now also available. Debugging Tools for Skype for Business Server 2019: https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=57508 Capacity Calculator for Skype for Business Server 2019: https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=57509 Call Quality Dashboard for Skype for Business Server 2019: https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=57510 Real-Time Statistics Manager for Skype for Business Server …

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Office 365 – Microsoft is NO LONGER enforcing TLS 1.2

As you may have been aware as there has been quite lot of communication, Microsoft was planning to disable TLS 1.0 and 1.1 support for Office 365 services. Well, it seems this is longer the plan as per the updated KB 4057306 (https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4057306/preparing-for-tls-1-2-in-office-365) – as per the extract below: Note This doesn’t mean Office 365 …

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Skype for Business – The new Skype for Business version is now available

Microsoft has released the latest version of Skype for Business (SfB 2019). You can get it from MSDN or Volume License. It gives support for Windows Server 2019, as well as cloud voice mail support or Cloud Data Connector. You can check all the new here https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/SkypeForBusiness/skype-for-business-server-2019 and removed features here https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/SkypeForBusiness/deprecated

Office Server – The previews for Exchange and Skype for Business 2019 is now available

This is it, it has just been announced: the preview of the next major version of Exchange and Skype for Business is now available (SharePoint will come later). You can get the bits here: Exchange 2019: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=57167 Skype for Business 2019: http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/0/9/209372AB-F64F-4F04-8BDA-FBAB1C685BA3/W17_2044.76_Eval.iso As part the new features/capabilities: Exchange 2019 Exchange 2019 can be deployed on …

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