Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Skype for Business Hybrid Features

For anyone looking for a comparison of features available when impelemtning Skype for Business Server 2015 in a hybrid configuration, below is a list of available features.

Make note of the ** and *** notes that these are planned features and are not yet available.

Also below outlines the high level prerequisites required for Skype for Business Hybrid.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Skype for Business New Certificates Request Wizard

Since the first release of Lync 2010 Microsoft has been making some huge improvements right up to the latest release of Skype for Business. With this release a ton of new features and changes that will make this version the best one yet! In this post I will outline one of the new Skype for Business improvements - Certificates! Something that I have seen just about everyone that has tried to deploy Lync spend hours, days if not weeks trying to get the certificates correct. When deploying your Skype for Business Server, the deployment is very much the same as Lync 2010/2013 until you click Request!

This new Certificate Request Wizard will simplify the certificate request process by putting all the next, next, next into the same window. All you need to do is fill in the organization details and click next, which will request the new certificate from your internal PKI as shown below.

What if I need to request offline?

Down at the bottom of the certificate request window, click Advanced. This will open the previous version method wizard which will allow you to specify offline request

What if I need to specify a custom Certificate Template?

These settings are also found in the advanced settings.