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Skype for Business Video Interop Server – Part 1

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This is part 1 of a two parts article where I will be talking about planning, installing and configuring the new server role Microsoft introduced with the release of Skype for Business Server 2015, the Video Interoperability Server.

Many companies have their existing Cisco video teleconferencing systems and when thinking of integrating this with existing or ” a To-be” Skype for Business infrastructure they find out that the cost will be high because when it comes to video integration between Microsoft and Cisco it is never a direct integration and is possible, or let’s say was possible only by using a 3rd-party solutions which will increase the investment even more.

Well if you have a Cisco Video Teleconferencing system and want or considering deploying Skype for Business but worried about your investments, worry no more, Skype for Business Video Interoperability Server “VIS” is designed for your situation and with no additional cost.

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In Place Skype for Business upgrade guide

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Better late than never, I finally got me a Skype for Business Server ISO image for testing, I always wanted my Blog to have everything my readers could need, so I decided to write guide on how to upgrade from Lync to Skype for business, and because there are a number of good guides out there detailing the steps I decided to take another approach using a one diagram that describe what will you be doing in a nutshell, for details I recommend following one of the following Guides written by SkypeFB MVPs:

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My Skype for Business Notes from Microsoft Office365 Summit

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i just finished two days Microsoft Office365 Summit in Amsterdam, where i attended all IT-pro sessions about Skype For Business server 2015, yes Microsoft could’ve done better job with the naming.

Anyway it was really educational for me, and i decided to share the notes i took in the sessions which some could be repeated and mentioned in other articles for other bloggers that already attended the Office summit in other countries…but hay i want my readers and followers to have everything needed here in my blog.

Note: if you already don’t know you can download the presentations of the event from Office summit website (http://summit.office.com/readiness)

Note also: i will be using Skype4b to refer to Skype For business server 2015 ….urgh see why i have to do that 🙂

article will contain notes from 5 sessions that i attended:

  1. Skype4B: Architecture and Design Consideration
  2. Skype4B: New Meeting and Video Investment
  3. Skype4B: Upgrading To Skype4B – Correct the name
  4. Skype4B: Server Core & Voice Improvement
  5. Skype4B: Ensuring Media Quality in the network (Nothing much here except for SDN)

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Manually Lync/Skype for business Enabling of Active Directory contacts

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We upgraded recently our Polycom RMX/DMA infrastructure which added the Skype video calling functionality as well as the presence for the DMA rooms in Lync.

According to Polycom official integration guide, they gave two options to enable the presence for the rooms, one automatic using a service account with Domain / Lync administrative privileges (which is not always an option for customers and was not an option also for my company), or there is the other way which is manual method which was not mentioned in the guide.

So I received a request to find a way to enable those contact as a Lync contact without giving this admin privileges to the DMA, if you try to use the Lync control panel you will face a problem when trying to search for the contact object you created and want to use. So following I will show the way to manually enable Active Directory contact objects for Lync 2013, to use it in whatever you need

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Supported or not Supported, this is the Question

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UPDATE 19-01-2015: thanks to Lync MVP Thomas Poett, and his input, I updated the article

how many times did you stumble upon a question from a customer if a certain feature or deployment scenario is supported by Microsoft and Lync 2013 or not.

we all forget, I mean there is a new stuff happening in our world (UC) every minute and sometime we loss tracks, so I have what I call my SCS (supported Cheat sheet) where I keep all information I have through my years in Lync by something I read or researched or learned from someone else about Lync supportabilities, and I decided to share it here in a blog article about what is supported or not supported regarding Lync 2013.

feel free please to correct my information, or put a comment about something I did not mentioned and I will be add it to this article, the purpose is to use this article as a fast / complete resource for “supported or not supported” questions.

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Complete Lync/Skype4B Troubleshooting Guide

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something we have been missing in the Lync Community is a place, one place that contain the information & skills you need to know and have to troubleshoot technical problem with Lync (Skype for Business)

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Understand Lync Databases

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I had free time in the holidays that I spent playing around with databases of Lync and took notes of what I found and learned and decided to put them in an article to be used as a…let’s say Lync databases anatomy, I’ll be talking about a simple Lync pool installation and databases included with it.

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Simple Understanding of Lync/Skype For Business Windows Fabric & Failover

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I saw a scary number of Lync 2013 deployments in the last 8 months where the Lync is deployed using an Enterprise pool with only two front end servers, even I saw a couple that have an Enterprise pool with only one front end server, yes you read that right, only one front end server.

So I decided to write another post of my “Simple Understanding” article series aimed to explain the Lync 2013 server architecture, how it utilize windows fabric for high availability and why you should not deploy a 2 nodes Enterprise Edition pool, I’ll try to use small words and simple explanations as I can.

I’m planning also to use this article as a guide to share with customers which have an existing Lync deployment or considering Lync to help them in their decisions.

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Lync 2013 SQL Mirroring Troubleshooting

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after installing Lync server 2013 CU on Lync servers, time came to apply the updates to the SQL backend, checking the topology, I found that the SQL backend is mirrored.

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