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Skype for Business Server, Exchange Server and SharePoint Server 2019 Mainstream support extended by 3 months to January 2024

Thanks to my friend Max Sanna for the heads up on this one. Indeed Max is right. The original end of mainstream support date for SfB Server 2019 was 2023, the normal 5 years of mainstream support (traditionally it was 5 years mainstream, 5 years extended). The intent was Office 2019 (client and server) would move to a 5 + 2 model Reference: Information about SharePoint On-Premises 2019 Now we are...

Exchange Online Unified Messaging being replaced with Cloud Voicemail starting March 2019, final retirement February 2020

In July 2018 we learnt that Exchange Server 2019 no longer contained the Unified Messaging (Voicemail and Auto-attendant) role. It figured that it was only a matter of time before Microsoft retired the service in Office 365. That time has now been announced. Microsoft is retiring Unified Messaging (UM) in Exchange Online and replacing it with Cloud Voicemail and Cloud Auto Attendant services. If...

Skype for Business Server 2019, Exchange Server 2019 and SharePoint Server 2019 all Generally Available

Exciting news today, the three new Office Server products are now available to customers on the Volume Licencing Service Center. This is the website where Enterprise Agreement customers can get to their Microsoft software. They are also currently on Visual Studio Subscription (the new name for MSDN). Available are Skype for Business Server 2019- Blog:  Exchange Server 2019- Blog:  SharePoint...

Skype for Business Server 2015 Mainstream Support ends 2020, SfBS 2019 Mainstream Support ends 2023, Extended Support for both end in 2025?

A colleague of mine Tobie prompted me to look at this a bit more closely. A few changes are being made with Office 2019 both client and Server. You have probably already heard Office 2019 client will be click to run only (no MSI) and Windows 10 only, but you may have missed the change in support timelines.   Understanding Microsoft Server Enterprise Support Model – Mainstream and Extended...

Quickly Copy Outlook Exchange Global Address List to Personal Contact List / Phone

I spend a good amount of time traveling/working from my phone, an iPhone. By default the iPhone will sync your Exchange personal contact list but not your global address list (GAL). Here is a quick way to copy the GAL to your persona contact list and therefore have everyone in your contact list. Go to new email in Outlook Click To In the contact list, filter by users and select all Right click...

Cloud PBX Azure Voicemail delivery to Exchange Server On-Premises Supportability and Configuration

I mentioned a few weeks ago that Microsoft publically announced support for using Exchange Server as a repository for Cloud PBX voicemail. Now a few more details have surfaced on TechNet (thanks Nick Elniff from the Modality team for flagging). Interestingly the voicemail service is being referred to as Cloud PBX Azure Voicemail in this article. Cloud PBX Voicemail with Exchange Server...

Don’t Install .NET Framework 4.6.1 and Skype for Business Server 2015 / Lync Server 2013 / Exchange Server

Be aware that the Skype and Exchange Product Groups have recommended that customers hold off on installing .NET Framework 4.6.1 on their Skype for Business Server 2015, Lync Server 2013 servers and Exchange Servers I’d also be wary on other Microsoft servers at present. Next Steps: How to temporarily block the installation of the .NET Framework 4.6.1 How to Uninstall .NET Framework 4.6...

Exchange UM Toll Fraud Risk, Don’t Weaken Your PIN Settings

Exchange Unified Messaging is the voicemail platform common to most Lync/Skype for Business installs but also supports PBX systems. We’ve recently seen a new toll fraud attack targeting Exchange UM’s to relay calls and either bypass call charges or run up charges on premium rate numbers. The attack relies on guessing or otherwise compromising users PINs. The attacker then calls the compromised...

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