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Skype Room Systems V2 now support TLS 1.2, but LRS Systems are end of support will not support TLS 1.2

When Microsoft originally announced moving Office 365 to enforce TLS 1.2, one of the blockers was Skype Room Systems using only TLS 1.0 or 1.1. The latest date Microsoft moving to TLS 1.2 is now February 28th 2019. Skype Room Systems v2 Good news on the Skype Room System v2 front. Skype Room System V2 software supports TLS 1.2 protocol since December 14, 2018, with app version 4.0.64.0. Enabling...

anynode software Session Border Controller now certified for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing

Late last year I posted that Oracle and anynode were on track to certified for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing, now anynode are officially certified. Like AudioCodes, anynode is also supported on Azure and in the Azure Marketplace For more information check out:  They are the 4th vendor to be certified, Oracle is still pending. If you check out the certified list you can see Media Bypass is not...

How to Firmware Upgrade a Yealink Phone from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams

This week Yealink were the first phones to be certified and generally available for Microsoft Teams. The 3 certified Yealink phones, the T58A, T56A and CP960 can all actually run as Skype for Business phones or Microsoft Teams Phones. Moving forward Microsoft will enable updating of Microsoft Teams phone firmware directly from Office 365, but if you want “swap” a Yealink phone from Skype for...

Microsoft Service Adoption Specialist Certification free online edX course

  Instructors Following on from IT Pro focused Enabling Teamwork with Microsoft Teams edX course, Microsoft has released another edX course, Microsoft Service Adoption Specialist. Both courses are free to take, but you do have to pay $99 if you want a digital certificate of completion. In the Microsoft Service Adoption Specialist introductory course you will learn the six critical elements...

Microsoft will support Microsoft Teams Direct Routing with Certified Session Border Controllers (SBC) running in Azure

Skype for Business Server is not supported in Azure. It works, we’ve run SfB Server labs/dev test in Azure that function fine (but not production). Similarly, Cloud Connector Edition is not supported in Azure, again we know it can be made to work. So it was interesting when Microsoft Direct Routing certified Session Border Controllers (SBC) like AudioCodes offered the option for customers to host...

First Microsoft Teams Phones are Generally Available from Yealink. AudioCodes, Crestron and Polycom coming soon

It’s official, both on the Microsoft documentation and the Yealink website, Yealink phones are the first generally available IP Phones Microsoft Teams. From the Microsoft documentation, it also looks like the Crestron M100 is GA, with more Crestron phones coming soon. Firmware and admin guides are available on the Yealink site: T58A Teams: T56A Teams: CP960 Teams   Teams Phone user...

Office 365 removing 3DES from February 28, 2019, pushing to TLS 1.2+

An update over the holidays, Microsoft is again pushing towards removing TLS 1.0/1.1 support in Office 365. They have previously set dates for enforcing TLS 1.2  but then backed out: Office 365 will Enforce Mandatory use of TLS 1.2 from October 31, 2018, so Lync Phone Edition (which does not support TLS 1.2) will not be able to Connect to Skype for Business Online Microsoft no longer enforcing...

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