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Free Skype for Business Online Network Assessment Tool from Microsoft, Hands On

Microsoft have just released a Skype for Business Network Assessment Tool; you can get the free from the public download site here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53885

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The Skype for Business Network Assessment Tool provides the ability to perform a simple test of network performance to determine how well the network would perform for a Skype for Business Online call. It’s aimed specifically at testing your connectivity to Skype for Business Online

The tool tests the connection to Microsoft Network Edge by streaming a set of packets to the nearest edge site and back for approximately 20s for a configured number of iterations. The tool reports:

    • Packet loss
    • Jitter
    • Round-trip latency
    • Reorder packet percentage

It runs on Windows 7 or later.

The tool uses the same real-time media technology as a Skype for Business Online client.

The results from using this tool can be used as part of a network assessment to determine if a network connection meets the targets

Network Performance requirements from a Skype for Business client to Microsoft Network Edge

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Network performance requirements from your network Edge to Microsoft Network Edge

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Full details of targets here, lots of great detail: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Media-Quality-and-Network-Connectivity-Performance-in-Skype-for-Business-Online-5fe3e01b-34cf-44e0-b897-b0b2a83f0917?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

 

It’s a simple exe command line tool with a .config file

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The results get output in a Tab Separated Values file (looks like my hotel wifi is not the best)

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Nicely, there is then a results Analyser exe to do the maths for you :-)

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Configuration file contents:

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Testing from my home fibre connection, works fine (better than the hotel wifi above :-) ):

Misc Notes:

  • You can change the Audio File that is played
  • You can change the file delimiter from a Tab to a comma, but the resultsanalyzer.exe will not parse the file unless you also manually define the delimiter
  • The Relay IP in the config file is an Anycast IP, it will route to the nearest ingress point on the Microsoft network from wherever you run the tool

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    • Hi Cliff, I think the pre-call diagnostics tool is a little more “technical user facing” and works with server and SfB Online. The other tool is command line and more technical, more for an administrator.

      Thanks for sharing/commenting

      Tom

  • What about network testing when using CCE? This tests media to the Microsoft cloud but in a CCE the media hits the CCE and then the SIP trunks.

  • What IP address do we need to add to our firewall on a corporate network.
    Relay.IP” value=”13.107.8.2 returns error. Checking the connectivity check other IP address are not reachable.

  • one assumes this will not work in a corporate infrastructure where UDP out is blocked and the main Internet route is via a Corporate Proxy Service?

    I certainly know the client cannot route out to the relay based on just an IP Address.

    Are there any other solutions?

    Cheers

  • Hi Tom, can you please suggest any tool for On Premise , checked editing the Microsoft Network assessment tool, but its not working.

    • Third parties are the best bet for on-premises. We (Modality) have products call Impact Assessment (network load test) and Diagnostics (on-going monitoring/testing). You could also check out Nectar and IR Prognosis.

      Happy to demo, just submit a request on the Modality Website, cheers

  • Hi Tom – would changing the relay IP in the config file to that of an on prem FE or Edge produce any / reliable result do you think? – in theory of course :)

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