Finally, Microsoft Teams will be introduce into Office 365 ProPlus… Microsoft Teams will be introduced into the;
February Monthly Channel; the
March Semi-Annual Channel Targeted (SAC-T); and
July Semi-Annual Channel (SAC)
But will automatically install Teams when Office 365 ProPlus is installed on new PCs and Macs.
Now the million dollar question, how is it being introduced?
As a Consultant that has delivered and spoke about Office ProPlus for a number of years, I do have concerns about how it’s going to be introduced and here’s why.
Office 365 uses the (CDN) Content Delivery Network for providing updates to all the Office ProPlus products, is it not the case with Microsoft Teams.
The update mechanism is completely different as the client is delivered by good old MSI so this will bring a number of questions and challenges to start;
What version of Office am I running?
What version of Teams am I running?
Does Teams need updating?
I have this weird problem but my colleague doesnt, is it version related?
However, if they integrate Microsoft Teams into the CDN it is definitely the way forward and also allows the customer to exclude Teams in the configuration.xml (if this is a requirement). It is very early days and I am sure more information will be released in due case but until then I am looking forward to see what the future holds as Microsoft have stated “Teams will automatically be installed for users who already have Office 365 ProPlus in the future.” So if you’re not using Microsoft Teams today Microsoft are making damn sure its available to increase adoption.
Microsoft have recently released an update to the Microsoft Teams powershell module, in this update we see 3 new exciting additions allowing more control for your Microsoft 365 Global Adminstrator or dedicated Microsoft Teams Service Administrator.
New-Team -Owner Parameter
You can now create Microsoft Teams using the Owner parameter
Edit all Teams settings on all Teams without ownership
Now as a Microsoft 365 Global Admin or Microsoft Teams Service Admi, you can edit all setting within a Microsoft Team located within your tenant.
What no licence require?
The administration account no longer requires a Microsoft Teams Licence in order to use the PowerShell Module
So now lets update Microsoft Teams PowerShell module.
I have created the following script which will check your client machine to see what version is installed and install the latest version.
Microsoft Teams Direct Routing is the latest in connecting your SIP trunk provider but how about leveraging the Microsoft cloud and deploy your Session Boarder Controller (SBC) into Azure.
Audiocodes are one of many SBC providers using Azure to provide an additional options with your approach to moving to Microsoft Teams. If your a consultant deploying AudioCodes Mediant VE SBC for Microsoft Azure, this process couldnt be any easier with using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates which can be developed to adapt to any customer requirements.
If you have a bit of Azure knowledge in deploying new resources the below image will not be to difficult understand.
But if this is the first time you’ve looked deploying a resource in Azure, I highly recommend looking at creating a template and use Visual Studio. This will allow you to make modification in the code and learn how ARM templates work.
How much does the Audiocodes Virtual Machine cost?
The below tables is based on today costing as of 12 November 2018 and these prices may change.
Microsoft Teams Direct Routing will only get bigger as time goes on and you can expect the number of supported SIP sessions to increase (expected 6000 sessions in Q1 2019). It is also worth noting that Audiocodes also offer a multi tenant SBC so if you are a service provider, you can house multi customers on a single SBC appliance.
Microsoft Teams now supports dynamic groups but what does this mean? Dynamic groups are an Azure AD Premium (P1) feature that allows group membership to be automatically tied to AD attributes (i.e. users with a location of ‘London, New York or Seattle’) that will continuously sync as the membership changes over time. Dynamic group membership reduces the administrative overhead of adding and removing users.
Which is great for IT Administrator across the group.
The following script has been designed to detected, remove and upgrade your Microsoft Team PowerShell Module.
How does it work?
The script will initial check if you are running a PowerShell window with evaluated privileges as this is a prerequisites to running this script. Once Administrative privileges have been detected it will compare the installed version of the Microsoft Teams module against the online version located the PSGallery. If the online is greater than the installed version, the script will use the uninstall-module cmdlet to remove the previous version and install the latest version from the PSGallery.
If your installed version matches the online version no actions will be taken.
This script also includes an output of the installed client version of Microsoft Teams with its Ring and Environment information as shown below