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Shared Line Appearance (SLA) in Skype for Business (with busy on busy)

Very often we as MVP are asked about the Busy-On-Busy feature missing Skype for Business.

The native feature for every single device, user or other client is not yet available.
And I can't make any announcement until today if this is planned or not.

But what I can introduce is the Share Line Appearance, yes here Busy-On-Busy is available. Making S4B more look like an old fashion PBX :)

What it the Share Line Appearance.
This is a new feature introduced with the actual firmware from Polycom VVX and last Skype for Business Update November 2015.

MSFT:
Shared Line Appearance (SLA) enables you to configure a group of multiple devices that can each answer calls to a shared phone number (extension).
(SLA it is not supported for Skype for Business clients on computers, mobile phones, or other devices):

What does this mean to us. Well we can use busy on busy only within the VVX configured groups. But not yet between devices and client, or between soft clients.

The supported device are:
Polycom VVX300…

File Share Perfomance for Skype for Business (slow conference join, slow address book)

Once more first.
Really make always sure your environment is patched and up to date.

Mainly if you have a slow Join Conference user experience. Validate your DFS or File Server.


Just what we experienced during certain Skype for Business Updated, as well as support cases is:
- Migration is slow
- Join Conferencing experience is slow
- Address Book generation is slow
and more


This is, if the Fileshare is not fast enough. What does this mean:
You should ensure the IOPS as well as the network throughput is sufficient and not the bottleneck in your environment.
Do a measurement on the file servers, see what is happen if DFS replication is kicked in, check if this is share file server, whats happen if other app's access the shares and monitor the IOPS/ bandwidth.
Just this is not all, also just perfmon for CPU load, and Memory especially paging.

If you experience slow conference joins, it will be the issues, mostly.
(Sure the local SQL server also consumes performance on the Skype for Business Fron…

Broadcast Meeting Web View and App View

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(v 1.0, 4th Nov 2015)

Today I'm digging deeper into Skype for Business Broadcast Meeting.
As its not all about video, the presentation side is important. how to make PowerPoint visible to the audience.
Also it is easy to handle?
How is the user experience when a user joins via a webbrowser?

Simply said it is excellent.

If you need to understand how setting up a meeting, please follow my last blog article: http://lyncuc.blogspot.com/2015/11/broadcast-meetings-in-skype-for-business.html

Have a look and I explain what to do and how to use it.

If you join as an authenticated user and being part of the Presenter Team, the browser checks the Desktop App and will ask you for access permission.

As usual, if you click the "Monitor" button, it give you the option uploading a PowerPoint file and als manage the content. Once it is uploaded it is show in the preview windows, where you can also use the PowerPoint Tools e.g. the marker or others.


Next step is the Broadcast activation, meaning yo…

Setup Broadcast Meetings in Skype for Business

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(Version 1.0: 3rd Nov. 2015)

First I start with, broadcast meetings are in an very early stage and introduce only a handful of planned and great feature still coming. Therefore I ask you to read this article frequently seeing the updates will I can blog about.


Microsoft introduced Skype broadcast meeting as an individual service aside with Office 365. It requires a dedicated login under:

https://broadcast.skype.com/

You can use Skype Broadcast Meetings in both scenarios:
- Office 365 only (Skype for Business is 100% in the cloud)
- Hybrid Setup

Required is:
- Azure Password sync or ADFS



The Broadcast meeting relays on the Azure Media Services and must be delivered online.

From here we are entering the main managing page for broadcast meeting:


As you see, the scheduled meetings are visible at this level. They will appear in the three column design. Simply if you need to schedule a new meeting, click the "New Meeting" option and start configuring it.




Here going define the meeting.

Note:
Th…