SfBS 2019 MACP – Modern Admin Control Panel

One of the significant enhancements delivered in today’s Skype for Business Server 2019 CU1 is the new “Modern Administration Control Panel” or MACP. This is a new HTML5-based admin interface, which shares a particular visual familiarity with the SfB Online and Microsoft Teams Admin Centres – and does so without requiring Silverlight. Thankfully it still …

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SfBS 2019 SEFAUtil in PowerShell

Added to Skype for Business Server 2019 from CU1 is “SEFAUtil” functionality in native PowerShell. No longer do you need to install a clunky “Trusted Application”. SEFA-WhatNow? Such innocence. You don’t know the world of pain you’ve missed! “Secondary Extension Feature Activation Utility” – to give it its full name – has historically shipped in …

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SfBS 2019 CU1 – July 2019

Last month we saw an interim hotfix that took SfB 2019 Server from its initial “dot-zero” release to 7.0.2046.116, and this July update (officially CU1) is the one we’ve all been holding out for, updating *everything* on my SE Front-End as well as adding some long-awaited functionality. The new build number is 7.0.2046.123. What’s Fixed? …

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SfBS 2019 HF1 – June 2019

Not to be confused with the somewhat overdue arrival of a CU1, this release – the first for SfBS2019 – is but a hotfix. This took only one component on my Standard Edition Front End from 7.0.2046.0 to 7.0.2046.116. What’s Fixed? This update enables Location-Based Routing to support Skype for Business mobile clients. It also …

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Test-EdgeConnectivity.ps1

The larger and more complex your on-prem SfB installation is, the greater the likelihood of encountering firewall problems. If you run this script on your Front-End server(s) it will: query the topology to find all of the Edge servers. (Add the “-site” switch to only retrieve those in a given topology site) initiate a TCP …

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VX says VVX “Not Acceptable Here”

Protocols and standards. We live and die by them, and while we can’t live without them, sometimes they can be a royal PITA. And so it is apparently, with Polycom’s interpretation of RFC4568 Session Description Protocol (SDP), with which I became all too familiar this week. I was called in to try and figure out …

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Adding Direct Trunk Select to Skype for Business

At about the same time any given Skype for Business deployment gains its second PSTN gateway / Session Border Controller, the old diagnostician in me wants a means to be able to directly send calls to each one individually. By being able to directly focus my outgoing calls on just one SBC I can confirm …

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Update-SfbCertificate.ps1

Skype for Business – like so much else these days – relies on PKI certificates, and the community has risen to the opportunity with some great tools to help us manage them. Here are two in my “essentials” kit: Check out the “Lync Certificates Report“: If you’ve not found it already, Guy Bachar & Yoav …

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Ringback tone as your RGS MOH violates the Australian Standard

(There’s a caveat I’ll get to later, but at least I have your attention now). Every so often a customer will ask me to configure a recording of ringback tone as a Response Group’s MOH source. Their argument is that they don’t want their callers to be placed on hold or appear to be stuck …

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