My first look at Network Planner for Microsoft Teams (In Teams Admin centre)

Network planner for Teams has now moved into the Teams Admin centre which is good to have under one roof. its found under Org-wide settings > Network planner

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This is my first look at the network planner so lets take it for a spin.

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So to start with we need to add a new Network plan but before this lets take out the 3 personas that are already there.

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So we have three prepopulated personas marked as Microsoft recommended. Lets check each out.

We have Teams room system

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remote worker

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Office worker

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Seems each personas created has all permissions set to On but if that doesn’t match your personas then we can also create custom ones (only 3) but these three will pretty much cover most bases i think. Perhaps we haven’t deployed PSTN. (Why not i may ask  Winking smile)

Lets create one custom to see this process

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We add a persona name, description then set the permissions we need and click save.

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It mentions at the top we can have 3 custom personas.

You also can not delete the Microsoft recommended ones only the custom ones.

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With our personnas done lets rock onto the network plans

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Add a name and description

now we have a plan

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Looks like we can create multiple plans as well which is great.

Click on the plan and now we need to define network sites

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So we need to complete the site information

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So we can add site name, friendly and if we click Create an address we can add address information which is nice.

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add number of users

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Add network subnets and ranges

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then express route (not for me)

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turn on WAN if required and then enter WAN information

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Then internet egress

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I could only have local  (**update i realised this was because i only have one site) You have to have multiple sites to allow remote internet egress and then the drop down works and you can select another site***)

PSTN egress can be use voip only or local

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Local can have

Calling plans or Direct routing which is good

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Click save

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Now i have a site marked as planning status complete but if you add a site without all info then it will save but it marked as incomplete

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With my site complete lets create a report

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click report tab

Start a report

 

So i need to name the report so im guessing we can have multiple which is good.

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After adding the name you can set user counts by personas

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By default it added office and remote and set 80% to Office and Remote to 20% using the Microsoft recommended personas but we can change if needed.

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We can add personas but it will also warn if total user count if larger than users at the site as below.

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When ready click generate report

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Takes us to the report tab

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Here was can project impact and also we can change the percentage of allowed bandwidth for Teams 30% is recommended it says

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We can also change views using the buttons

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theres two views and export to pdf but this just exports the current view

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and i think thats it.

The Microsoft Docs link with step by step are here as well

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-US/microsoftteams/network-planner?WT.mc_id=TeamsAdminCenterCSH

What i couldnt find was the usage concurrency that the old network planner had with low medium and high. Im not sure if this will come and i couldnt find what modality percentage is used.

Also there is no results for Skype for Business only Microsoft Teams.

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