Retirement of Skype online connector

 Now will Micrsoft retire the skype online connector. I got this mail now.

We will be retiring the Skype for Business Online Connector on February 15, 2021 for all Skype for Business Online or Teams customers. This will simplify the admin experience by moving to a single PowerShell module for managing Skype for Business Online and Teams. Moving forward use the Teams PowerShell module, which is where we will continue to invest.

[Key Points:]

  • Major: Retirement
  • Timing: February 15, 2021
  • Action: Review and assess the impact for your organization.

[How this will affect your organization:]

Administrators will no longer be able to download and use the Skype for Business Online Connector to manage online organizations and users after this change is implemented.

[What you need to do to prepare:]

Instead of using the Skype for Business Online Connector, we require using latest release of Teams PowerShell module.



Last full week before Christmas, here are some news

 As mentioned earlier, the clock is ticking. And please read this blogpost so that you are not confused on what service Microsoft takes down and what has still support and can be running.

This is importantent to know about. 

And here are some news for us who have Telephony in Teams.

The one marked yellow is now show both mobile and teams numer if you have this is your AD. Real nice feature.

Then we got the new meeting join experience. This is real nice I think. 

This I think is a real nice feature for all of us out here, and I like the preview on video first.

Real soon we also get the new 1:1 recording feature. I have earlier written about it and read more about it here.

This is all for today, and I will be back soon with another blog 


Teams, it's time for some rules and pointer to get Teams to work

 As many has started to use Microsoft Teams, well it's time to stop and take a breath on the ground. 

We has been working from home the last 9 months. We have got the #WFH tag and many companies sees this as the new normal.

But this is not what I want to write to you today. What I want to talk to you about is Teams and some of the pitfalls.


Breakoutrooms are here

 Yesterday I saw on LinkedIN and on Twitter. Breakout rooms are here.

Read more about it here.



SBA is out in Public Preview for Teams

 As many out there has their SBC running in their datacenter and not by an servicepartner or Telco who has the SBC as a service. 

For you there is a important new stuff that has come in public preview, and that is the SBA (Survivable Branch Appliance) for direct routing.

You need to talk to your vendor and mostly upgrade your SBC to have this support. 

So why should you add on a SBA? If you have an internet outage this can be usefull to remain telephony in Teams. 


Wooo Webinar for KEMP done

 What end for a great day. Now just finished with a webinar for KEMP. The preperation has been done together with great people like Frank Yu, Hugo Faria, Andrew Casey and Noemi Toth. We all in different contries, parts of the world. And let's don't forget Mikael Lange who had this idea for me to come and speak.

Here are some short info about it:

  • TMG Forefront is dead (RIP)
  • Why Always on VPN and not Direct Access or Classic VPN.
  • KEMP ESP pay for it and get the good stuff
  • How to migrate from Lync/Skype to Teams and SBCaaS or onprem SBC, you call.
  • You as a customer is the "commander in chief"

The webinar was recorded and you will be able to watch it here 

What's hot in Teams November 2020 edition

 Here we go, soon Christmas is comming up. WFH is the standard at the present time.

Here are the  News Teams November 2020



New stuff like personal recording and more

 Today it's just 240 days left before Microsoft shutdown Skype Online. As mentioned last week it's now time to act and start the trip to Teams Only.

So I heard the news today, here comes the news on what's comes and what's hot in Teams