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Skype for Business Server 2015 Cumulative Update 9 (CU9)

Skype for Business Server 2015 Cumulative Update 9 is here This cumulative update includes a defence in depth fix and enables Location-Based Routing to support the Skype for Business mobile clients. It also fixes the following issues: 4490655 Event ID 32011 and Event ID 1000 occur when ASMCU service crashes in Skype for Business Server 2015 4487830 The ability for Skype for Business Server 2015...

Microsoft Teams App Setup Policy – Add or Remove Apps on the Teams Left Rail, including built in Activity, Chat, Teams, Calendar, Calls, Files

A new Microsoft Teams configuration option, App Setup Policy, is being rolled out to tenants. This gives administrators the ability to control which apps show in the “main menu” in Teams, the left rail in the desktop/web client, and the bottom menu and “draw” in the mobile client. Administrators can ‘pin’ non-Microsoft apps, such as third-party apps or company-built internal apps, and can hide...

Tom Arbuthnot speaking at UC Expo London, 15th and 16th May

I’m excited to once again be speaking at UC Expo, this year on both days. Wed 15, May 11:00 am – 11:30 am Thu 16, May 13:40 pm – 14:10 pm   Microsoft Teams in the Real World Microsoft Teams is the fastest growing enterprise application in Microsoft’s history. In this session, Tom Arbuthnot will take you through what Microsoft Teams is without all the marketing and buzzwords...

Find Microsoft Teams teams without an Owner, Teams Admin Center and PowerShell

Each Microsoft Teams team should have an owner, preferably two. Owners have the same abilities as members, but also have the exclusive abilities of: Edit team name/description Delete team Add members (in a private team, in a public team anyone can add members) Equally importantly, owners give IT people who are responsible for the management of a team and it’s content throughout its lifecycle...

O365Eh! Podcast, Microsoft 365/UC/Collab Reporting and Analytics Products Series

O365Eh! is a great Microsoft UC/collab focused podcast from 4 great MVP’s in Canada, Dino Caputo, Michael Lamontagne, Habib Mankal and Curtis Johnstone. They do nice snappy 10 minute or so bit sized shows on particular topics. I recommend you check it out. I recently had the opportunity to join them to talk about Modality Systems Teamwork Analytics, Microsoft Teams usage reports in PowerBI. This...

All Skype for Business IP Phones must be firmware updated by January 15, 2020 to continue to sign into Office 365

15th May Update: The date has moved from July 1st 2019 to January 15, 2020. If you have SfB Certified IP Phones (3PIP) from AudioCodes, Crestron, Polycom or Yealink signing into to Skype for Business Online (or Microsoft Teams via cloud interop), you will need to firmware update them and take one time tenant admin steps to approve each vendor’s phones sign in to your Office 365 tenant (once...

Microsoft Teams General Availability and Preview PowerShell Modules

We have had a Teams PowerShell module for since 2017, but it has always been a preview state, using the Microsft Graph beta API Under the covers, there are two Microsoft Graph API’s that can provide data from Microsoft teams, beta and 1.0. The beta graph API provides some abilities, not in the GA/1.0 graph API, but is, by definition beta/preview. Some customers have a requirement to not use...

Surface Hub 2 details revealed, will Microsoft Teams get 4K Video Conferencing?

On April 17th Microsoft had an event at Steelcase in New York to share details on the Surface Hub 2. There will be a Surface Hub 2S 50” and 85” (in 2020) and later a 2X in 2020 (probably late 2020). The 2X will be the version that does the fancy dynamic pivot you may have seen in the early promotional videos. You can upgrade a 2S to a 2X by changing a “compute cartridge” which also will push a...

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