Skype for Business Mac Client–September Insider Fast release available Summary

Saw a post on Tech Community Blogs around the SfB Mac Client and new features released in the Insider Fast release. Post on Tech Community here

What’s Insider Fast release ?

The Insider program allows  you to install early builds of SfB for Mac so you can test new features before they will be released publicly in a GA build.  More info on insider program here https://products.office.com/en-us/office-insider?tab=tab-2

Please note: So these new features and changes are NOT yet in the GA build of SfB for Mac.

To Check Insider Build information please check here

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Office-Insider-releases-for-Skype-for-Business-on-Mac-7f190a71-2b56-4914-8044-668582997619?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

Build Details

Released – 14/09/2017
Build Number – Build 16.11.115
Previous Build – August 15 2017 16.10.0.88

New features

1. Simplified sign-in experience and support for certificate-based authentication

  • On initial sign-in, users are now only required to enter their sign-in address.
  • Based on the sign-in information, we will ask for additional information (such as password) only when necessary. If your organization supports certificate-based authentication and the certificate exists on the machine, you will sign in automatically.
  • We have moved some of the less-used options (such as user name) to the Advanced Options page to simplify the experience and avoid unnecessary confusion to the end users.

 

2. Meetings improvements

  • Earlier this year we added support for joining a meeting through phone.  We listened to your feedback and have now added the additional option to join a meeting without audio.
  • Users can choose to hide or show content that another user is sharing in a meeting.  When someone is sharing their screen, select to “Turn off content” under the More options menu. If content is available but not displayed, the option will show “Turn on content”.
  • The “End Meeting” option was added last release. This option allows a presenter to end the meeting for all participants before leaving a meeting.

 

Improvements

  • Fixed an issue where a user’s location used for E-911 calls is not correctly identified when the user is connected to a network inside their organization.

  • Fixed an issue where a user’s status continued to show as Available after they had quit the app.

  • Fixed an issue that prevented users from signing in with an Alternate ID.

  • Fixed several issues to improve the reliability of viewing screen sharing in a meeting.

Known Issues

Don’t forget to get the known issues a look over as well.

One critical known issue is

E-911 is not supported

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Known-issues-Skype-for-Business-on-Mac-494ac5d5-50be-4aa7-8f5a-669c71c98c9a?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

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SfB Broadcast Ep.50–What’s new with PSTN Conferencing

In the latest SfB Broadcast from Microsoft this episode goes into the “What’s new with PSTN Conferencing” so here’s my summary of the video

Link to the video is here

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Delanda Coleman and Oscar Ruiz Garcia

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Oscar is program manager for SfB and PM for PSTN Conferencing, been at Msft for 8 years. Started working with SfB 5 years ago, amazing team and product he says, working in conferencing space for three years.

What’s is PSTN Conferencing?

PSTN Conferencing Service for participants of online meeting to join meetings using traditional phone and dial a PSTN phone number and join with a conference ID and join when on the road and not by a computer.

Benefit is online participants can talk to PSTN participants, cell phones and landline callers.

Audio Conferencing isn’t new or a new innovation, what’s makes it special in Office 365 ?

  • Easy to use
  • Minutes to setup
  • Wide range of phone numbers
  • Simple service and a lot of time to make it simple and faster without problems

How does it work with Office 365 subscriptions ?

E1 and E3 you can add on PSTN Conferencing

Bundled with E5 as long as you are in a country PSTN Conferencing is sold

Easy to use and meetings details are automatically populated.

 

NEW Announcement

Msft are starting to Offer a new pay as you go model, existing offer is pay a monthly fee for the service for unlimited dial in and selected dial out.

Now Microsoft will off Audio Conferencing pay per minute!

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  • No flat price pstn conferencing
  • Toll and toll free inbound calls are charged on a per minute basis
  • All outbound calls are charged on a pre minute basis
  • Available to enterprise E1, E3 VL customer

Offered geared for customers that don’t need a wide range of minutes

Pay for as much as they consume

Details on offer

Previously subscription based dial was unlimited now this case dial in US France and Argentina now this is pay as you go. Toll free or toll numbers will all be pay as you go.

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Flexible model as you pay for your minutes.

For non E5 customers E1 and E3 and want to try PSTN conferencing you can use the pay as you go (consumption model)

OCTOBER 1st for BL customers

RATES will be posted online as well at this time.

PSTN Conferencing in market for almost 2 years and in the cloud new innovations come quickly IT admins don’t need to add or rollout new features.

Since launch lots of new features

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  • Customer can purchase in 72 countries
  • End user pin resets before only admins had access, now users can via a web page
  • Entry, exit announcement tones instead of voice
  • PSTN Conferencing in Regional Hosted Meetings, allow company to spread across different datacentre around the world
  • Meeting Migration Service – challenge in the past to update changes to meeting invites. There was an end user tool the Meeting Migration tool which end users had to run and now a service was released so users dont have to action anything.

Three features in preview program (Skype Preview)

  • Lobby Support
  • Disable toll free for specific users
  • Restrict dial outs for specific users

Dive into features in more detail

72 Country Reach

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Dial in for 90 and 400 Cities

Automatically you get a list of phone numbers and customer can acquire more from more cities. 400 cities available.

Dial out to 190+ countries

Expanded IVR – welcome to customer – support for 44 languages.

End user pin reset

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Meeting invites and Email has link and says forget your dial in pin and is in the SfB client. New Forgot your dial in pin url in meeting invite.

Organiser direct to portal and they can reset their own pin, easy can away from IT admin.

Supported and On premises and now online as well.

Meeting Migration Service (MMS)

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Updates meeting invites with PSTN and voip meeting details.

Automatically way to update existing meeting for users and done is different scenarios.

  • PSTN Conf license assigned or removed
  • Provider is changed
  • User moved to new PSTN bridge

Replace dial in numbers and update meeting invites.

Another benefit of the cloud service and can be disabled on tenant basis if you want and can trigger it on a user basis as well. Giving flexibility for automatically or on demand.

More information on MMS i did a blog post here

PSTN Conferencing service in Regionally Hosted Meetings

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More interesting with diagram, basically goal is you can have tenant spread in different regions, companies are globally and have users spread out and goal is to have meetings hosted at datacentres closest to them to reduce network latency and improves performance for meetings.

Its the same for PSTN access, when a tenant becomes enabled for RHM, becomes a spread tenant across regions and the concept of PSTN conferencing bridge is spread out as well, users in US are assigned NA bridge and Sydney users assigned APAC bridge, meetings hosted and PSTN access and mixing of PSTN stays all in APAC region and improves performance.

Any licence implications?

No, need to have a RHM meeting enabled tenant though. No enabled by default i believe.

Lobby Support for PSTN Conf. callers (Preview)

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In preview, you can see this functionality you can sign up and is a features already on premises and this allows PSTN participant is put in lobby and now you can see this in the rosta and members can admit or deny into the meeting.

Disable Toll Free for numbers of users (Preview)

Feedback from users they wanted to disable users being able to use toll-free numbers for their meetings.

Once toll free numbers are added they are assigned and available for users so now you can control the access of toll free numbers. IT Admins can choose on user by user basis to allow toll free numbers. If you restrict the find your local numbers page will not display toll free numbers and wont be included in meeting invites.

If you have the toll free and dial into a users meeting who doesn’t have toll free numbers enabled the caller wont be able to dial into the meeting using that toll free.

Toll free services does require PSTN consumption billing so its a way to control costs as well.

Restrict PSTN Conf. dial-outs (Preview)

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Based on user feedback. you can restrict dial out controls

Three levels of control

  • Allow International and domestic dial out (Default)
  • Allows domestic dial outs (New feature)
  • Restrict all dial outs

Combined with Toll free features it allows companies to have different profiles for users and their requirements.

Preview Program

Skypepreview.com and sign up for preview features

https://www.skypepreview.com/

Demo on PSTN Setup

Have licences through trials (E5) or purchase, licence are then assigned to users.

Office 365 admin centre > Users > select user > assign licence (Skype for Business PSTN Conferencing) > Save

Takes a few meetings to provision on back end

Admin doesn’t have to email them, users will get an email automatically to say enabled for PSTN Conferencing service and PINs are enabled.

 

Q and A

Can i mix PSTN subscription and pay per minute subscriptions ?

Yes

What’s is different between shared and dedicated number ?

Set of phone number are shared and assigned to other tenants, shared phone numbers primary and backup languages can not be changed.

Admins can get new numbers and have dedicated and dedicated solely to that tenant and are customisable and languages can be changed.

Can you support just PSTN conferencing only meetings ?

Yes, since launch, by default they will have a settings, allow only PSTN meetings and PSTN meetings don’t have to have a SfB client or authenticated user in the meeting.

 

Next episode

Before Ignite, guide to follow Ignite and get ready for successful time for ignite.

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SfB Broadcast Ep49–3 ways to bring your existing VTC into a modern meeting Summary

Last Friday August 18th there was a new SfB Broadcast featuring Eddie Clifton from Pexip and i wanted to give a summary on the broadcast. Also recommend watching the video and checking out the Questions and Answers from the session that Graham Walsh from Pexip has posted on the Microsoft Tech Community Site link here

Lets dig in!

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Presented by Delanda Coleman and Eddie Clifton

Eddies been in the VC business for many years worked for Polycom, Tandberg and other big vendors and worked on many large worldwide deployment. At Pexip they looked at what problems needed solving across organisations.

When video conferencing is used properly it drives productivity over traditional methods. Pexip looked to create and join large expenses legacy VCs or Modern VCs to the new and exciting PC based and modern based VC with the largest vendor SfB.

Pexip says they are the Rosetta Stone of the VC world (Not the software) where they  takes lots of different video languages and protocols and take them into one conference. very clever way of looking at it. More info on the ancient Rosetta Stone here

What are you seeing out there ?

We see large amount of companies with a large appetite for video conferencing

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  • People want a more authentic experience
  • 20 Billion $ plus industry
  • bringing Skype for business and VTC and Audio conferencing into one conference is a new thing.
  • enabling working from different places, working mothers working from home and flexible working. Video can do a lot of things

There are challenges!

Many large organisation cant move to the cloud due to laws, data restrictions so on premises has to be key and specialist area is on premises video interoperability and at the same time is a hybrid solutions so you can be on premises and in the cloud at the same time.

Equipment was made traditionally of specialist hardware and processors and average VC bridge was over a million dollars yes a 1 MILLION Dollars (Reminds me of Dr Evil)

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Pexip wanted to bring a solution based on standard Intel hardware and processors, everyone knows how to use it in a standard environment and go anywhere and buy a server and add the software and do it 8000 / 9000 dollars and massive savings in cost. By implementing solutions in large corps they can leverage existing vtc’s and Sfb in amazing ways.

Companies use Pexip where they were using 4/5 million mins of year up to 110 million minutes of video per year in a very short time and increasing usage of SfB, Azure and other technologies.

Reduced cost of computing to distributed workforces

Challenges with Hybrid and mixed environments ?

  • People don’t sit in offices all day and are out and about, working from home, train stations and client sites
  • Pexip allows you to bring everyone into one meeting to enable quicker decision making. You can bring people from cell phone, laptop, tablet, legacy vtc systems, surface hub, Skype room systems etc etc
  • Also you can share data as well!! All the different devices and you can also share data such as website, videos, excel , PowerPoint and enabling collaborating.
  • When people don’t see video being used they will move back to audio conferencing
  • Its key to get people using video and embracing video and embrace productivity with so many use cases.

There is a large amount of VTC equipment that gets written off over 5,6,7 or more years and you want to use this and Pexip will allows you to gradually move from legacy devices to new modern VTC, so saves a hard switchover. This can include thousands of VTCs and hard switching can be a problem, also you can have different sites with different architecture so makes multiple architecture and complex and Pexip are all about simplicity.

The user doesn’t know anything and Pexip do everything in the background, if you a SfB user you see the usual interface and the same for each device. Its all native to the user and the client. Pexip makes complex workloads very simple for users

Fundamentals of interoperability

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  • Hundreds of protocols to translate and present them in a common way
  • Join experience needs to be good and the same your used to
  • Audio, Video experience good and data sharing is key
  • Gradually bringing users into the new world

Easy to Administrator and Manage

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  • Single pane of glass for administration globally!
  • Azure and IAAS and hybrid computing you can create very reliable environments for VCs and Pexip allows resilient architect and testing
  • Management is KEY!

Scalability

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Beauty of Azure they allow elastic compute and when utilization is high you can add compute and low you can shut down. Also allows you to not have to pay and upkeep and manage large infrastructure when your not using it.

Pexip name their solution affinity

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From above Pexip can handle hundreds of gateway nodes

Each green dot is a gateway showing utilization these can be deployed in private datacentre of IAAS such as rackspace also in cloud compute such as Azure.

Scenario

Quarterly based calls for all staff and this can be spread geographically across multiple nodes. Infrastructure can be scaled up and then scale down and reducing costs.

  • Pexip is distributed and using local hop to local datacentre.

PEXIP are all about simplicity and efficiency!

Ways we can bring Pexip into SfB

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1. Standard SfB schedule meeting via Outlook, same as you would before. Pexip adds information to the bottom of the invite for VTCs to join. Seamless to users and no training needed.

2.Peer to Peer calls

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  • A SfB client calling a VTC device
  • Pexip creates direct link to VTC

3. Escalation mode (adding another person/VTC)

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Add them via SfB UI and add them in the call. they could be on legacy VTC or SfB.

Simplicity

Some people cant move to the cloud but Pexip allows them to maximise utilization of their VTC and benefits of the modern meetings with SfB.

Some companies move slow and will get there in the end but this help

Lync 2010 and Lync 2013 users are all covered!

DONT FORGET DATA SHARING

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Data sharing in all modes is available

Pexip is VBSS (video based screen sharing) and an example on surface hub when user draw on whiteboard it uses the latest data sharing methods to give a good and full motion video on data sharing. Data sharing is key and its not just video translation its data as well!

Questions

Pexip with SfB Online Meeting ?

Yes

Register VTC endpoints with Pexip to simplify VTC infrastructure?

Yes, you don’t need the legacy call control environment anymore.

Does Pexip work with legacy OTBP protocol for legacy VTC?

Yes, we work with ecosystem of partners, this is niche requirement Pexip would work with partners to do this with Pexip. 4 or 5 companies that can handle this.

Outlook integration – third party add in required ?

No, Add is from Pexip solution

Any insight into Pexip onsite MCU ?

Yes, its essence is standard HP or Dell running hyper V and can be a conference node. customer with 10,000 users with the ability to join a call.

Pricing model ?

Its cheap ! $3.99 USD per user per month

You have to buy server as well.

Content sharing as 1080p or higher desktop resolution?

720 or 1080p

Do i have to use Skype meeting id to join a meeting ?

Yes

Any roadmap on enabling media bypass ?

No sure on that question

Will you standout at Ignite in Crazy pants (Trousers) ?

Yes, Booth 1001

How to contact Pexip

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two weeks time

  • PSTN Conferencing updates over the last year
  • New business models
  • New features

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Two weeks after – Microsoft IT behind the scenes at Skype meeting broadcasts

After that its Ignite and filming from Studio floor!

Polycom VVX 400 Software upgrade to 5.6.0 and Web Sign in Walkthrough–Nice new SfB Enhancements

Old news now but I’ve just got chance to upgrade my VVX400 to the latest software 5.6.0 release and i read this should have some SfB UI updates! at last a more SfB looking VVX400. I’ve been waiting for this for a while.

There’s a lot more than just UI enhancements so recommend you check this out, this post will just look at the Upgrade, UI and web sign in.

http://support.polycom.com/content/dam/polycom-support/products/Voice/business_media_phones/release-notes/en/uc-software-release-notes-5-6-0.pdf

SfB Enhancements (more details on each at the above URL)

  • Dial Plan Normalization
  • Multiple Emergency Number Dial Plan
  • Skype for Business User Interface Enhancements
  • Skype for Business Conference on VVX Business Media Phones
  • Device Lock Enhancements
  • Profile Photo on Device Lock Screen
  • Secure Single Sign-On with Third-Party Supporting Solutions
  • Safe Transfer for Boss-Admin Enhancements
  • Busy Options for Incoming Calls
  • Support for Siren 7 Audio Codec

Lets go for the upgrade

So i wanted to walk you over the upgrade and web sign

So here’s my VVX 400, what a beauty!

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Signed in (SfB Online)

So yo upgrade i need to login into the phone via the web interface which i have enabled. So lets grab the IP from the phone.

Go to Settings > Status > Network > TCP/IP Parameters

Grab the IP, open browser and enter the IP

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default password is 456 but yours could be different

Once logged in go to Utilities > Software upgrade

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Here you can see current software version which i have 5.5.1.11526

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I next checked for updates via the Polycom hosted server, im not using any custom update servers at home yet.

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From the drop list after the update i can see a number of version and i wanted the latest 5.6.0.17325

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Software versions on the server you choose display in the Available software versions drop-down list. The currently installed version is shown in blue; older versions are shown in red; newer versions are shown in green.

So i selected the latest version click install

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Clicked yes

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I read all and clicked accept or i may have clicked just accept. lol

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Clicked ok

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And the phone started the upgrade

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After the upgrade took about 5 – 10 mins i saw this

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Awesome i love the UI already !

Entered my passcode set before and im logged in. Im liking the new look.

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Menu is much better

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When signed out a little nicer

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Next i logged on the web interface same as before and checked the current software version and all done.

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Also what i like is the Web Sign In so wanted to show you this as well

Select sign in > Web Sign in

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Open browser and go to http://aka.ms/sphone

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Enter Office 365 sign in address

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enter again grrr

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Show my tenant sign in and say hello to Spencer ! who guards my tenant, hackers beware lol

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Login and enter code on phone

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click continue

Click on name

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and says were done

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Phone jumps into life and starts signing in

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Enter lock code and confirm again

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and im in

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Release notes from Polycom

http://support.polycom.com/content/dam/polycom-support/products/Voice/business_media_phones/release-notes/en/uc-software-release-notes-5-6-0.pdf

What’s new for Auto Attendants and Call Queues July 2017 Summary

Just spotted this announcement on Tech Community

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Skype-for-Business-Blog/What-s-new-for-Auto-Attendants-and-Call-Queues-in-July-2017/ba-p/91878

Overall great new features for AA and Call Queues ! Keep them coming Microsoft !

In quick summary for what’s new, (Check out link above for more info)

  • Users can now receive Auto Attendants and Call Queues calls on Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android Skype for Business client (Latest clients)
    • Mac Client (16.8.196)
    • iPhone (6.16.0)
    • iPad (6.16.0)
    • Android (6.16.0.9)
  • Admins can now use 0365 Groups (both public and private) to limit the scope of users reachable with Dial by Name feature in Auto Attendants
  • The maximum size of the name list supported for name recognition with Speech has been increased from 50,000 to 80,000 users in Auto Attendants.
  • Improved accuracy of recognition for similar-sounding names for name recognition with Speech in Dial by Name feature of Auto Attendant.
  • To protect user anonymity,  Admins can now use PowerShell to enable users to make outbound calls on behalf of an Auto Attendant or Call Queue using a policy called CallingLineIdentity (also called a Calling Line ID):
  • Auto Attendant has been updated with an enhanced English (US) Text to Speech voice in July, 2017. Note that an enhanced Text to Speech voice for English (UK) has been rolled out in April, 2017.

Skype Academy: What’s New in Cloud Connector Edition V2 Summary

With the recent release of Cloud Connector v2 there’s some great new features and updates to CCE so wanted to summarise the Skype academy video.  There’s tons of useful information in here so hope you find it useful.

CCE v2.0.0 was released and straight after Microsoft provided some great content and learning on what’s new. Thanks Microsoft for very speedy information to the community. Check out the resources at bottom of post as well.

Useful links on great info on CCE v2

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Skype-for-Business-Blog/Announcing-Skype-For-Business-Cloud-Connector-Edition-version-2/ba-p/88488

CCE manual download here

Skype Academy video link here

 

Lets start the video, the session is presented by Carolyn Blanding from Microsoft

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http://aka.ms/sa-cce-wnv2

http://aka.ms/skypeacademy

Usual training disclaimer on Office 365 being subject to change and this ther July 2017 edition.

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Also a member of extended hybrid voice team and working with developers on CCE since the first release.

Key Learning’s

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https://aka.ms/sa-cce-mp

CCE v2 bring media bypass ! wohooo

(Great link on Media bypass planning for CCE here

support for 16 CCEs in one pstn site up from 4 ! it now has 4x capacity !

Additional improvement

Session Scope

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This session assumes you already know about CCE and have an understanding on deployment and management if not there’s a link on further learning here http://aka/ms/sa-cce

What’s new in CCE V2 ?

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Wow what a list !!!

  • Media bypass
  • support for 16 CCEs per one pstn site
  • ability to manipulate sip headers for billing and interop
  • Hybrid voice flag in mediation server agent for CQD
  • Disable SSL 3.0 by default
  • automatic installation of .NET 4.5.2 which is dependency on current SfB
  • New Cmdlets

More details on each further on. Lets breakdown.

Media Bypass

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This was top ask from customer

by removing mediation server in path for media we can improve voice quality and reliability by reducing latency, packet loss and points of failure

also reduce number of CCE to support greater number of voice streams

Media bypass requirements

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CCE V2 deployed at all sites

tenant admin is required to enable media bypass feature in office 365 tenant this is not enabled by default

media bypass enablement needs to be replicated from office 365 to all CCEs

DNS must be configured to allow client resolution for the media bypass service url

Currently only supported version for CCE media bypass is office 365 pro plus click to run 32 and 64bit version 16.0.7870.2020 or later.

Microsoft Office MSI is not supported ! this again show new features are coming cloud first and the push to move your office installs to office 365 pro plus.

More info on Media bypass with CCE

Plan – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt808733.aspx

Deploy – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt808734.aspx

16 Cloud Connectors appliance per site

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Why

previously there was support for 4 CCES per PSTN site in a N+1 config where one CCE was was reversed for HA. Each CCE could support 500 simultaneous calls so totalling 1500 simultaneous calls per pstn site.

Now with 16 CCEs per pstn site in N+1 it provides 7,500 simultaneous calls and that’s without media bypass !!

This means can support more sim calls in single pstn site, for example before V2 if a company needs to support 5000 calls in one DC where CCE is deployed previously they would need to setup 4 pstn sites and split users across pstn sites even though all CCEs were physically located on the data centre, by supporting 7500 its reduced the requirement for more pstn sites and users dont have to be split up. Makes its easier to manage.

Modify SIP headers in CCE V2

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Prior to v2 the only way to modify sip[ headers was administrators connecting to mediation servers and modifying sip trunk setting but during upgrades the settings while lost. CCE updates then had to set to manual, CCE then updated and then setting configured back again.

This is now persistent and the following settings if changed are kept during CCE upgrades.

Enablefastfailover timer – default is true, when true the 183 progress must return in 10 seconds. Certain network conditions has caused this to not response in 10 second so this can be set to false.

Forward call history – default is fales, history info useful in sim ring and call forward and refereed by useful for call transfer, this is useful for billing purposes and caller id purposes when sbc to replace caller id.

Forward PAI – default false, when true the P asserted identity headers with sip and tel uri from cce mediation to sip trunks. used when call history not available. please see url below for more info.

https://aka.ms/sfbsipheadersdoc

Hybrid Voice flag in mediation server agent

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Set to unique flag so CCE calls can be easily identified from calls placed by other trunks. The user agent was previously reported as “Mediation Server” which is indistinguishable from other SfB Trunks.

Now it shows unique CCE-MediationServer example above show version number as well.

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Examples in online reporting.

This is Call analytics preview in sfb admin centre, in this example a user search is done and a call is selected.

Alex is an online user and Alex uses CCE for PSTN calls, under systems you can see the mediation server that part of CCE, and under user agent we see CCE mediation server agent.

Lets look at session details

searched for Alex again and we can see CCE mediation server agent.

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if you look before CCE v2 you will see the old Mediation Server

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Disable SSL 3.0 by default

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CCE does not use SSL and does not require SSL enabled. Please url for security advisory and recommendation on disabling when not needed.

https://aka.ms/ssl30securityadvisory

.Net Framework 4.5.2

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.NET Framework 4.5.2 will auto install and is a dependency for CCE v2

CCE host must always have internet connectivity and it required this to download 4.5.2 to host machine so its available.

Admins of large deployments can prepare the vhds with .Net 4.5.2 to speed up deployment times. to do this admins can use convert-ccisotovhdx cmdlet and use pause before update switch this allows admin to connect to base vm and install windows updates and .NET 4.5.2 on the base vhd.

New Cmdlets – Online

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The new cmdlet are added to SfB Online one for media bypass and two on network. Please refer.

New Cmdlet – CCE Host

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On the CCE Host there is also a new Cmdlet

Used to update configuration, if you update CCE config file. cloudconnector.ini after changes you must use import-ccconfiguration. It does auto run but still best practice after any manual change to use the cmdlet.

Example if you you change config file to use WSUS server.

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  • Skype for Business administrator role instead of global administrator
  • Reduce number of passwords needed when deploying CCE
  • user corporate network switch instead of management switch for most tasks
  • improvement to auto detection
  • change cmdlets

Let breakdown each one

Skype for Business Administrator Role

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CCE requires an O365 tenant admin account to manage CCE services online, prior to V2 this required an account that was a global administrator.

With V2 its supported to use a tenant admin account with Skype for Business administrator role is sufficient for managing CCE services online.

If password expiry is set you need to use set-cccredential to update credentials.

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To reduce password for CCE in V2 and reduce complexity.

In V2 the following password will be requested

  • CCEService – used for CCE service account and domain admin, VMAdmin
  • CABackupFile – used to import Root CA when deploying appliances
  • ExternalCert – used to import Edge certificate when deploying appliances
  • TenantAdmin – used to deploy and maange CCE Online

Note CCEService and CABackupfile must be the same for all CCE per site.

Corporate Management Switch

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previously we used the cce management switch for all connectivity between host and vms for PowerShell. feedback to customer was that this was great as it caused network disrupts.

CCE v2 now reduces the amount or connections and disconnections, now only used for new deployment or upgrade.

The SfB CCE Corpnet switch will not be used which reduces the number of connections and disconnections. search of clslogging will now be alot faster as network connections are already established.

Since corpnet switch is used now the network adapter bound the cce corpnet network switch must have an ip address assigned in the same subnet as the CCE corporate network. This can be an alternative ip address. before the management switch was matched on the same subnet.

IMPORTANT

Improvements to Auto Detection

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  • There has been some updates to auto detection for CCE recovery to avoid call failures.
  • In HA we want to mark any appliance that is down to avoid issues and call failures
  • Maintenance you have to out CCE in maintenance mode so its doesn’t.
  • All server roles are monitored

Cmdlet Updates – Online

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cannot be set from false to true.

with CCE a online dial plan is a hard requirement

Updates to Get-CsHybridPSTNAppliance

Cmdlet Updates – CCE Host

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PowerShell verb update from renew-cc to update-cc

You can change domain admin or vmadmin using set-cccredentials as above.

Upgrading to V2

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For customer with CCE already deployed to new build

Supported path from version 1.4.2 to version 2 if auto update available then it will autoupdate at scheduled update window.

Manual update process is available if autoupdate disabled.

InPlace upgrades are NOT Supported with version BELOW 1.4.2

In this case you need to unregister appliance, uninstall appliance and deploy new CCE.

https://aka.ms/cceautoupdate

https://aka.ms/ccemanualupdate

https://aka.ms/cloudconnector

To confirm CCE several ways, hyper v console, remote PowerShell and SfB admin centre. more details above.

Update Cloud Configuration File

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when upgrading to V2 you need to update cloud connector configuration file with the new sip header setting to cloudconnector.msi.

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Open file

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Copy three lines from sample file

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paste into your file, save and import.

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If advanced notice is possible or more likely to have auto upgrade off due to trunk config you can modify trunk config file prior to v2 upgrade.

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1.4.2 did not prompt for CABackup pasword the domain admin password was used and its used to encrypt root CApassword. It must be the same for all appliances,

If different domain admin password may be in place if password changed after deployment. You can use the get-cccredential. if you have this the steps are listed above.

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from 1.4.2 we don’t prompt for CCEService password the VMAdmin password aka local admin password will be used for cce service password. This password needs to to be same so best to confirm password are the same across all appliances.

Summary

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Key Learning’s

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http://aka.ms/sa-cce-mp

Resources

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https://aka.ms/sofcommunity

https://aka.ms/sfbblog

https://aka.ms/sfbhv

Skype for Business Online Cloud PBX with PSTN Calling – Phone Number Requests Forms

Noticed this on twitter over the weekend from @RandyChapman, so wanted to have a bit of look at this. Thanks Randy.

Seems this is a manual process for requesting new subscriber telephone numbers for users using SfBO Cloud PBX with PSTN Calling. This is where Microsoft is your Telco provider and all PSTN services are delivered by Microsoft in Skype for Business Online.

Its noted there are some countries/regions that you can’t get phone numbers using the Skype for Business Online admin centre. Instead you will need to download the correct country/region form and submit it to Microsoft. Once Microsoft receive the request , their service desk will help customers with getting new phone numbers.

It doesn’t say which countries specifically you have to use the forms for as all PSTN Calling countries have a form available it seems, but it does note – Belgium, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands are only available to preview customers (early adopters).

Perhaps after countries are out of preview the online new telephone provisioning process may be added to admin centre.

This is noted for requesting only new “subscriber” phone numbers and NOT service numbers. Subscriber numbers are numbers that are assigned to your users.

To request new telephone number manually and not via the Skype for Business Online admin centre there are some forms available for download.

You can use these forms to request new subscriber (user) phone numbers that aren’t listed in the Skype for Business admin center.

List of Forms for download

  • New Phone Number Request for Belgium (Geographic numbers) (v.1) (en.US).pdf
  • New Phone Number Request for France (Geographic numbers) (v.1) (en.US).pdf
  • New Phone Number Request for Germany (Geographic numbers) (v.1) (en.US).pdf
  • New Phone Number Request for Ireland (Geographic numbers) (v.1) (en.US).pdf
  • New Phone Number Request for Spain (Geographic numbers) (v.1) (en.US).pdf
  • New Phone Number Request for the Netherlands (Geographic numbers) (v.1) (nl.NL).pdf
  • New Phone Number Request for the U.K. (Subscriber geographic numbers) (v.1) (en.US).pdf
  • New Phone Number Request for the U.S. (Subscriber numbers) (v.1) (en.US).pdf

Download link HERE

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55490&WT.mc_id=rss_alldownloads_all

Quick look at a form

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The form for each country looks the same but the example text in the table is different.

Also all form except the Netherlands are in English.

Notes the following as important on each form

IMPORTANT
1. Please submit requests for different type of numbers in different form submissions. You
can only request one number type per request/form. More Info.
2. You can list only one “emergency calling address” per request/form.
3. Please submit requests for different cities in different form submissions. You can only
request one city per request/form.

It also doesn’t list where to send the forms so perhaps these will be updated soon.

References

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55490&WT.mc_id=rss_alldownloads_all