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

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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!

Skype Academy presents : Media Bypass in Cloud Connector Edition V2 (CCE) Summary

Next up on my summary list following CCE V2 is Media bypass session by Carolyn Blanding link here to the full video here

If you want to plan and deploy CCE check out the links in this post as well.

For Media Bypass with CCE you need CCE v2 and Supported clients!

With the first release of media bypass, the only supported client is the Skype for Business 2016 Windows Client that is part of Office 365 ProPlus, version 16.0.7870.2020 or greater.

Lets go!

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Training disclaimer, this session recorded July 2017 and features described are current as of this date. Office 365 is on going innovation.

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About Carolyn, she’s been with Microsoft for 5 years, senior supportability program manager. Member of extended hybrid voice team and working with developers on CCE.

Key Learning’s

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Scope

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Also check this https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt808733.aspx

Without Media Bypass

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In order to plan your network for media bypass we need to understand both signalling and media flows

  • Media and Signalling without media bypass
  • All signalling and mediation go via Mediation server

SfB client connected on internal network and making outbound call the signalling flows out the client and out the external network to office 365 and back from Office 365 to corporate Edge server to mediation server to the SBC. Media traffic goes from client though internal corporate firewall to mediation server and then transcoded as G711 to SBC.

With Media Bypass

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Signalling continue to flow via Mediation but media will flow from SfB client directly to SBC / Gateway.

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Removed connection points (Hops) for Media going through firewalls and server

Benefits of Media Bypass

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As we saw before we can improve quality by reducing latency, packet loss and single points of failure by allowing media to flow directly to pstn gateway from the SfB client and also reduce number of CCEs as Mediation server is removed so no transcoding from one codec to another is required so then allow larger number of voice streams on the same hardware. Win Win !

Network Considerations

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First important to understand with Media bypass enabled on the client media will ALWAYS bypass this is different to on premises SfB Server / Lync Server deployments. where is is possible to configure when media will bypass per network location. CCE media bypass is always bypass mode.

External clients and unsupported clients will never use bypass so important to know how users will connect, numbers of external and also client versions (I believe from what ive read only click to run SfB client supports CCE Media bypass)

Requires direct connectivity to the PSTN gateway!

Media over VPN is not supported this doesn’t differ from SfB server, if you block media over VPN you need to block all traffic ! recommendation block all SfB from VPN connections.

Client to PSTN gateway traffic typically uses G711 codec, inbound calls mediation server will negotiates G711, outbound gateway negotiates.

Centralised CCE Deployment

More great on the TechNet link for planning media bypass https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt808733.aspx

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Need to consider G711 will transverse the WAN twice, CCE in central DC with local SBCs in local offices, centralised SBC with cloud connector routes calls to local gateways.

This type G711 media traffic for media bypass clients will transvers the wan twice

1. client media flow associated with CCE deployment

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2. outbound from sbc through same wan in office to sbc / gateway out to the PSTN

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Centralised Deployment – External Caller

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User from Zurich on the Internet, places outbound, both signalling and media flow to office 365 through external firewall in Amsterdam to CCE through internal network to SBC Gateway in Amsterdam over the corporate WAN to Zurich to SBC and pstn in local branch office.

Configure Media Bypass

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Also check this deploy guide on TechNet https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt808734.aspx

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Each CCE Mediation server has a web service to provide media bypass information that is configured as part of V2

Summary of steps

  • Detailed in the following slides
  • Administrator defines web service url for web service
  • Admin creates DNS A Record in internal dns for this url resolving to the ip address of each mediation server
  • Administrator enabled media bypass using SfBO PowerShell
  • Media Bypass settings replication to cloud connector mediation servers
  • Internal supported clients sign out and back in to pick up media bypass settings

Web Service URL

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Admin defines web service url for media bypass

Pick a name that could be anything hybridvoice,mediabypass as examples, name can be in any domain namespace can be any internal domain name that resolvable in internal dns.

Does not need to be in a namespace that matches CCE deployment

Only one name is defined per deployment. we don’t need separate for separate PSTN sites.

Above they have used hybridvoice.contoso.com and there is an example of the URL, your webservice would be the same after .com

http is used to avoid admin overheard, as only returning information to internal client. DOES NOT RESOLVE TO EXTERNAL CLIENTS

DNS

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Client are required to resolve internal DNS, so it can resolve the host name to mediation server ips.

One host A record for IP of mediation servers

Each mediation requires a host record

with 3 mediation servers you need three a records resolve to web service url.

recommendation to use Geo DNS to resolve local mediation servers ips based on client location. recommendation not requirement.

Single Web service url resolving to ips of all mediation server.

Windows 2016 Geo DNS

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Windows Server 2016 can provide GEO DNS for the web service url

A sample config is above

  • First creates dns client subnet for each locations
  • DNS zone scope for each location
  • DNS records in each zone scope for each mediation server
  • DNS policies that connection client subnets to matching zone scopes, please reference url for further info

https://aka.ms/win2016geodns

Enable Media Bypass in O365 Tenant

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admin manual enables on Office 365 tenant by using remote PowerShell with SfB admin creds and sets the internal web service url as defined previously.

Use set-cstenanthybridconfiguration cmdlet as defined above

Second you need to enable mediabypass settings in two steps

  • create bypass settings in memory $mediabypass = New-csNetworkMediaBypassConfiguration –Enabled $true
  • modify network configuration with the new settings. Set-CsNetworkConfiguration – MediaBypassSettings $mediabypass

Confirm Media Bypass

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After enabling you should confirm is configured correctly.

Confirm Media Bypass – On SfB Online

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First confirm SfB Online Media bypass settings in remote PowerShell

Confirm the web service url is replicated to the local server store using get-cstenanthybridconfiguration –localstore | select hybridconfigserviceinternalurl hybridconfigserviceinternalurl

here you can view the webservice url

Then confirm media bypass settings replicated to local server store

get-csnetworkconfiguration –local | select-expandproperty Mediabypasssettings

Two settings to check

1. Enabled is true

2. Bypass ID – this is the bypass id clients should be received. this is different to online bypass id. All tenants and all users in V2 will use the same ID.

Confirm Media Bypass – On CCE

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On admin PowerShell on each CCE Mediation server and run

Get-CsNetworkConfiguration – localstore | select –ExpandProperty MediaBypassSettings

Check three things here

  • Enabled is True
  • AlwaysBypass is True (Always True. this is static setting)
  • BypassID – Same bypass ID as before

Confirm Media Bypass in Calls

Option 1 – Performance Monitor

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Configure and use PerfMon on CCE Mediation Servers to monitor the following

  • LS:MediationServer – Inbound Calls – Total inbound media bypass calls
  • LS:MediationServer – Outbound Calls – Total outbound media bypass calls

Sample above has active calls, works well for basic but does not captures transfers, its good to get an idea of how calls are bypassing media.

Option 2 – Network Tracing

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You can use a network trace to confirm network activity for calls, apply a filter to view traffic between client ip and PSTN gateway

  • When you traffic between client and PSTN gateway then bypass is enabled
  • If disable client would connect to mediation server and the mediation server connecting to the PSTN Gateway.

Option 3 – Tracing Logs

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You can check for bypass if trace logs and search for a=x-bypassid

three items per call

  • invite: SDP
  • 183 session progress: SDP
  • 200: OK

Open traces with snooper.

Media Bypass in Clients

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Detailed look into clients

Supported Clients and obtaining media bypass settings

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Clients retrieves web server url during in band provisioning

  • client resolves hostname
  • then client connects to web service url
  • if connection successful and client supported version then bypass will be enabled and bypass id set
  • if not successful media bypass will be disabled

note if client connected in external network (Internet) then the client MUST NOT resolve the web service URL. if resolvable there would be issues.

Troubleshooting supported clients

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If client are not making media bypass clients

first checked hybrid voice url is being picked up by client – check this is log with snooper

Sample trace log for user

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Zoom in on important bit

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Here you can see the url from the trace tab in snooper. Here the client has received the web service url.

Next check DNS resolution for the web service name.

Use command prompt and ping the url and the mediation server ip is resolvable and reachable

Perform web traffic trace to make sure the web service url is successful.

Demo web capture using Charles you can also use fiddler to trace

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First check build number on client

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Greater than supported 7870.2020 so were good

Check IP config of the client and confirm on internal network

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Next sign in with web tracing enabled

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Check web service url is contacted and also bypass enabled is true

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you can also see the bypass id of the mediation server

Next confirm the media is bypassing

Check Client IP again – 10.10.10.123

Check SBC IP – 10.10.10.8 and is pingable

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Lets make a call

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From network trace it show media flowing directly from client .123 to SBC .8

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Media is going directly between client and SBC.

Client Bypass Log Details

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Open log file from tracing file with snooper

Look at bottom of SDP for bypass id

180 ringing we will use gateway SDP of 10.10.10.8

Service out record for VQ report for local user agent, client agent , mediation bypass flag is true.

What about unsupported clients ?

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Windows desktop 2013 and SfB unsupported version will attempt the URL and CCE will check version and disable media bypass.

Also other client 2010, mobile and mac there is no logic and will not attempt to connect to the web service url and media bypass disabled.

Unsupported client walkthrough

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Check Client version and this the Lync 2013 client upgraded to SfB using Office Pro Plus 2013 (this is an unsupported client)

Clients signs in

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Check and we see successfully connection to web service url BUT bypass is false and OFF

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Client Media Connectivity Failures

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If you have implemented media bypass and you are having call failures

Call rings but client says connecting, signalling via mediation is working but media is failing to connect to PSTN gateway

Confirm is client and PSTN gateway can connect (ping)

Collect logs on CCE hosts admin PowerShell and reproduce scenario

Invite and SDP logs

Network trace to define network failure

Review gateway logs could be failure on gateway and not on your network

Summary

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https://www.skypeoperationsframework.com/

https://www.skypeoperationsframework.com/Academy

https://www.skypefeedback.com/

https://www.skypepreview.com/

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http://aka.ms/sfbcommunity/

 

More great material !

TechNet Plan for Media Bypass with CCE v2

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

Deploy Media Bypass with CCE v2

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

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

Skype for Business Mac Client July/August 2017 Update

There’s a new SfB Mac client update, released 2nd of August but marked as the July 2017 update on the what’s new for SfB site,Microsoft are releasing new updates at a great pace for the Mac client.

Here’s a quick summary of the update

Lots of new features and improvement here so definitely worth upgrading, Looks like the Mac client on Lync Server 2013 are getting a number of new features including delegates, contact management and Peer to Peer sharing with SfB client and improvement but make sure you have the latest Cumulative update installed as always. Touch bar and meetings can new improvements as well.

Always two new known issues with Unified Contact Store and also ADFS 3.0 so check this out below.

Manual Install Download link

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54108

Version Number – 16.9.0.37

Updating

You can AutoUpdate or the Manual download link above.

System Requirements for your Mac

Mac OS
Skype for Business Server 2015 or Lync Server 2013
OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) or OSX 10.12 (Sierra)
Outlook Mac build 15.27 (161010) required for Outlook integration

What’s New

Support for multiple emergency numbers
Skype for Business on Mac now supports multiple emergency numbers when configured by your admin.
Delegates can schedule meetings on behalf of delegators
Outlook for Mac will now allow a delegate to schedule an online meeting on behalf of a delegator. This new feature has a limitation that the online meeting is created using meeting ID and policies of the delegate, not the delegator. This limitation will be removed in future versions of Skype for Business on Mac and Outlook for Mac.
NOTE: You must install the Outlook update version 15.36.170702 or later to enable this feature.
Delegator and delegate features for Lync Server 2013

Delegator and delegate feature are enabled for Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update 9: July 2017.

  • Users can now add delegates to "My Delegates" group in contact group and set call routing preferences to delegates.

  • Delegates can see who has made them a delegate.

  • Delegates can make calls on behalf of a delegator.

Contact management for Lync Server 2013
The ability to add and remove contacts and create and delete contact groups is enabled for Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update 9: July 2017.
Peer-to-Peer desktop sharing with Skype for Business 2016 users for Lync Server 2013
Peer-to-peer desktop sharing between Skype for Business on Mac and Skype for Business 2016 on Windows is enabled for Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update 9: July 2017.

 

Improvements
  • Increased the touch bar buttons size and spacing when in a meeting.

  • Fixed an issue that prevented all dial-in numbers from being displayed when scheduling an online meeting in Outlook.

  • Fixed an issue where hanging up from a meeting while sharing a PowerPoint presentation ended the presentation for everyone in the meeting.

  • Fixed an issue where the user could be automatically signed in even when Keep me signed in is unchecked.

  • Fixed accessibility issues with keyboard navigation in the Calls and Meetings tabs.

  • Fixed an issue where a user could not see screen sharing if two users tried to start sharing at the same time.

  • Fixed an issue where some check boxes were not displayed correctly in right-to-left languages.

  • Fixed an issue where an error message was not displayed when the Exchange password was needed.

  • Fixed a crash issue when the user maximizes, unmaximizes, and then moves the window while viewing screen sharing in a meeting

Known Issues

Latest issues added

Contact Management, including Delegate Management, is not supported on Lync Server 2013 if Unified Contact Store is enabled Users on Lync Server 2013 cannot modify their contacts list in Skype for Business if a user account is enabled by the Skype for Business administrator for the Unified Contact Store for Exchange. Users can make changes to their contacts list in Outlook.

Skype for Business on Mac fails to sign-in

(Skype for Business Server Online, Exchange Server Online, Identity managed on-premises with ADFS 3.0 and WIA authentication enabled for wiasupporteduseragents-Mozilla/5.0)

Workaround:

  1. Remove “Mozilla/5.0” from the WIASupportedUserAgents parameter in AdfsProperties. Essentially, you will need to:

    1. Run Get-AdfsProperties | select wiasupporteduseragents and get the output.

    2. Then remove _only_ “Mozilla/5.0” from the output.

    3. Then run Set-AdfsProperties -WIASupportedUserAgents with the output from step b.

  2. Revert back to using Lync for Mac 2011.

NOTE: Skype for Business on Mac gets represented by the underlying ADAL library as user agent Mozilla/5.0 (no option to set it from the app), and Windows Integrated Authentication is generally used only for Windows clients and therefore not supported by ADAL library on Mac.

   
   
   

SfB Online / Lync Server / SfB Server Requirements

For best experience SfB Online is recommended for full feature set but for on premises deployments its the following

Client Functionality and Client Comparison

Also worth checking out the Client comparison tables for Skype for Business Server 2015 with the new update so you know differences between windows and Mac clients.

Interesting it now notes separate client comparison for Skype for Business Server 2015 and Lync Server 2013

SfB Server list – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn933896.aspx

Lync Server 2013 list – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg425836(v=ocs.15).aspx

 

References

Known Issues

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

Download

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54108

What’s New

https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/What-s-new-in-Skype-for-Business-2016-cece9f93-add1-4d93-9a38-56cc598e5781?ui=en-US&rs=en-GB&ad=GB#OS_Type=Mac

Skype for Business Mac Client July/August 2017 Update

There’s a new SfB Mac client update, released 2nd of August but marked as the July 2017 update on the what’s new for SfB site,Microsoft are releasing new updates at a great pace for the Mac client.

Here’s a quick summary of the update

Lots of new features and improvement here so definitely worth upgrading, Looks like the Mac client on Lync Server 2013 are getting a number of new features including delegates, contact management and Peer to Peer sharing with SfB client and improvement but make sure you have the latest Cumulative update installed as always. Touch bar and meetings can new improvements as well.

Always two new known issues with Unified Contact Store and also ADFS 3.0 so check this out below.

Manual Install Download link

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54108

Version Number – 16.9.0.37

Updating

You can AutoUpdate or the Manual download link above.

System Requirements for your Mac

Mac OS
Skype for Business Server 2015 or Lync Server 2013
OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) or OSX 10.12 (Sierra)
Outlook Mac build 15.27 (161010) required for Outlook integration

What’s New

Support for multiple emergency numbers
Skype for Business on Mac now supports multiple emergency numbers when configured by your admin.
Delegates can schedule meetings on behalf of delegators
Outlook for Mac will now allow a delegate to schedule an online meeting on behalf of a delegator. This new feature has a limitation that the online meeting is created using meeting ID and policies of the delegate, not the delegator. This limitation will be removed in future versions of Skype for Business on Mac and Outlook for Mac.
NOTE: You must install the Outlook update version 15.36.170702 or later to enable this feature.
Delegator and delegate features for Lync Server 2013

Delegator and delegate feature are enabled for Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update 9: July 2017.

  • Users can now add delegates to "My Delegates" group in contact group and set call routing preferences to delegates.

  • Delegates can see who has made them a delegate.

  • Delegates can make calls on behalf of a delegator.

Contact management for Lync Server 2013
The ability to add and remove contacts and create and delete contact groups is enabled for Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update 9: July 2017.
Peer-to-Peer desktop sharing with Skype for Business 2016 users for Lync Server 2013
Peer-to-peer desktop sharing between Skype for Business on Mac and Skype for Business 2016 on Windows is enabled for Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update 9: July 2017.

 

Improvements
  • Increased the touch bar buttons size and spacing when in a meeting.

  • Fixed an issue that prevented all dial-in numbers from being displayed when scheduling an online meeting in Outlook.

  • Fixed an issue where hanging up from a meeting while sharing a PowerPoint presentation ended the presentation for everyone in the meeting.

  • Fixed an issue where the user could be automatically signed in even when Keep me signed in is unchecked.

  • Fixed accessibility issues with keyboard navigation in the Calls and Meetings tabs.

  • Fixed an issue where a user could not see screen sharing if two users tried to start sharing at the same time.

  • Fixed an issue where some check boxes were not displayed correctly in right-to-left languages.

  • Fixed an issue where an error message was not displayed when the Exchange password was needed.

  • Fixed a crash issue when the user maximizes, unmaximizes, and then moves the window while viewing screen sharing in a meeting

Known Issues

Latest issues added

Contact Management, including Delegate Management, is not supported on Lync Server 2013 if Unified Contact Store is enabled Users on Lync Server 2013 cannot modify their contacts list in Skype for Business if a user account is enabled by the Skype for Business administrator for the Unified Contact Store for Exchange. Users can make changes to their contacts list in Outlook.

Skype for Business on Mac fails to sign-in

(Skype for Business Server Online, Exchange Server Online, Identity managed on-premises with ADFS 3.0 and WIA authentication enabled for wiasupporteduseragents-Mozilla/5.0)

Workaround:

  1. Remove “Mozilla/5.0” from the WIASupportedUserAgents parameter in AdfsProperties. Essentially, you will need to:

    1. Run Get-AdfsProperties | select wiasupporteduseragents and get the output.

    2. Then remove _only_ “Mozilla/5.0” from the output.

    3. Then run Set-AdfsProperties -WIASupportedUserAgents with the output from step b.

  2. Revert back to using Lync for Mac 2011.

NOTE: Skype for Business on Mac gets represented by the underlying ADAL library as user agent Mozilla/5.0 (no option to set it from the app), and Windows Integrated Authentication is generally used only for Windows clients and therefore not supported by ADAL library on Mac.

   
   
   

SfB Online / Lync Server / SfB Server Requirements

For best experience SfB Online is recommended for full feature set but for on premises deployments its the following

Client Functionality and Client Comparison

Also worth checking out the Client comparison tables for Skype for Business Server 2015 with the new update so you know differences between windows and Mac clients.

Interesting it now notes separate client comparison for Skype for Business Server 2015 and Lync Server 2013

SfB Server list – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn933896.aspx

Lync Server 2013 list – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg425836(v=ocs.15).aspx

 

References

Known Issues

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

Download

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54108

What’s New

https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/What-s-new-in-Skype-for-Business-2016-cece9f93-add1-4d93-9a38-56cc598e5781?ui=en-US&rs=en-GB&ad=GB#OS_Type=Mac

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.