Bye Bye Skype for Business Connector.

Bye Bye Skype for Business Connector.

As Microsoft starts to contine to wind down Skype for Business Online, there is no longer a need to install the seperate module using the .exe file for the Skype Connector. The module has been in beta release of the Microsoft Teams module which has now been published to general availability (GA).

Update your MicrosoftTeam module to version 1.1.6 and you will find the cmdlet “New-CSOnlineSession” available to use. To make life easier, check out my Get-InstalledModulesUpdate.ps1 from my GitHub. This PS1 file will look at all installed modules on your client machine and update according.

Here is the current versioning information for MicrosoftTeams module.

DateVersionUpdates
September 20201.1.6Skype for Business Online Connector integration
September 20201.1.5-previewSkype for Business Online Connector integration
July 20201.1.4Added group policy assignment cmdlets
June 20201.1.3-previewSkype for Business Online Connector integrationGet-Team optimizationsEnhanced reliability
June 20201.0.7Added Cmdlet preloading.Net Framework optimizations
April 20201.0.6Authenticode and assembly signingAdded Get-CsPolicyPackageAdded Get-CsUserPolicyPackageAdded Get-CsUserPolicyPackageRecommendationAdded Grant-CsUserPolicyPackageAdded New-CsBatchPolicyPackageAssignmentOperationAdded Set-TeamArchivedStateAdded Set-TeamPictureRemoved Get-TeamHelp
March 20201.0.5Added New-CsBatchPolicyAssignmentOperation
Feb 20201.0.4Get-Team optimizations

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Whats new in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap? (11/09/2020)

Whats new in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap? (11/09/2020)

Additions : 4
Updates : 5

More Details At: www.roadmapwatch.com


New FeaturesCurrent Status
Microsoft compliance center: Records Management in Microsoft 365 available in Government cloudIn Development
Microsoft Lists: updated Yes/No column experiences – powered by SharePoint?In Development
Microsoft Teams: Manage your meeting options in-meetingIn Development
Microsoft Teams: End-of-meeting notificationsIn Development
Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
Microsoft Teams: Channel info paneLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Teams – Dynamic viewIn DevelopmentDescription
Microsoft Teams: NDI for TeamsRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Forms: New Office 365 HeaderLaunchedStatus
Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection: Enabling export of security reportsRolling OutStatus

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Publishing Whats new and Microsoft Blogs to Microsoft Teams and To Do via Power Automate

Publishing Whats new and Microsoft Blogs to Microsoft Teams and To Do via Power Automate

In today’s modern world its getting increasingly more difficult to keep up to date with the latest development from Microsoft. So here is how I keep on top of the Cloud by leveraging Power Automate.

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Watching the M365 Roadmap with Microsoft Teams and PowerAutomate

Watching the M365 Roadmap with Microsoft Teams and PowerAutomate

Watching the M365 Roadmap doesn’t have to be difficult, check out my video below and how I keep up to date with the Microsoft Roadmap.

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Deploying custom Microsoft Teams Backgrounds with Azure Blob Storage and Microsoft Endpoint Manager

Deploying custom Microsoft Teams Backgrounds with Azure Blob Storage and Microsoft Endpoint Manager

In previous blogs I have mentioned how to install applications and perform customization using Azure Blob Storage. The following process use the same guidelines;

I have uploaded the images to a container within Azure, if you are unsure how to complete this please refer to;

The above post provides detailed information in configuring Azure Blob Storage for your needs.

Once you have the files you would like to push to the client devices.

Download the get-teamsbackgroundfromblobstorage.ps1 script from GitHub.

https://github.com/TheWatcherNode/blogaboutcloud/blob/master/Get-TeamsBackgroundfromBlobStorage.ps1

Modified the URLs to reference your Azure Blob Storage, as shown below

You will need to go to your Microsoft Endpoint Manager Dashboard http://endpoint.microsoft.com –>

Then browse to Devices –> Scripts –> Add

Once you have added the modified script and assigned to the relevant Users or Device or both. At the next check in the PowerShell script will execute against the device to make the new background available.

As you can see from my image below, my 2 new images have appeared as options.

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Cloud App Discovery: New activity policy templates for Microsoft Teams

Cloud App Discovery: New activity policy templates for Microsoft Teams

Microsoft has now released 3 brand new Activity policies for Microsoft Teams and with the current state of the world. I believe these additions are perfect for organisations that was forced into “Working from Home” culture but wasnt geared up for it. These activity policy templates enable you to detect potentially suspicious activities in Microsoft Teams:

  • Access level change (Teams): Alerts when a team’s access level is changed from private to public.
  • External user added (Teams): Alerts when an external user is added to a team.

Please see the below screenshoot for an example of the alert you would see in Cloud App Security.

  • Mass deletion (Teams): Alerts when a user deletes a large number of teams.

Please see the below screenshoot for an example of the alert you would see in Cloud App Security.

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Migrating from Skype for Business Online to Microsoft Teams at your pace, providing its done before July 2021 o’course

Migrating from Skype for Business Online to Microsoft Teams at your pace, providing its done before July 2021 o’course

Its was announced a while back that Microsoft will be switching off Skype for Business Online in July 2021, which gives their customers time to look at the options for migrating to Microsoft Teams. In my own organization my approach was “Microsoft Teams Roadshow” where I demonstrated to the back office staff the power of Microsoft Teams then moved them to Teams Only. At Microsoft Ignite 2019 it has been announced of 2 new modes which Teams Administrators can implement within their businesses.

Adoption is the biggest challenge for any organization, so let’s look at the options available.

Skype for Business with Teams Collaboration

This allows users to still use Skype for Business for chats, calls and schedule meeting but they can use Teams for group collaboration.

Skype for Business with Teams collaboration and meetings

This allows users to still use Skype for Business for chats and calls but all meetings and group collaboration are undertaken within Teams.

Islands Mode

This allows users to use both Skype for Business and Teams features if you want to adopt usage in this approach.

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Microsoft Teams Roadmap Announcements for November 2019

Microsoft Teams Roadmap Announcements for November 2019

The following post contains the new features and updated features from November 2019. This post enables you to quickly glance at the Microsoft Teams Roadmap based on the latest information provided by Microsoft.

New Features

New Features Current Status
Teams Sharing Integration with OneDrive In Development
Pending teams In Development
Microsoft Whiteboard integration in Microsoft Teams In Development
Sensitivity labels for Teams, Office 365 Groups, and SharePoint Sites (public preview) In Development
SharePoint and Teams – pages and lists improvements Launched
SharePoint – OneDrive – Teams – file upload limit up to 50GB In development
Microsoft Teams – “Colleague joined Teams” notifications In Development
Microsoft Teams – New location for New Chat button, Recent, and Contacts tabs in Chat app In Development
Teams for Linux client In Development
Class Insights in Teams In Development
Mute meeting chats in Teams In Development
Media optimization for Microsoft Teams Calling and Meetings for Citrix VDI In Development

Updated Features

Updated Current Status
Microsoft Teams – Sensitivity Labels In Development
Microsoft Teams -Private channels Rolling out
SharePoint and Microsoft Teams: new Files experience In Development
Microsoft Teams – Secure private channels In Development
Microsoft Teams – Presenter and Attendee roles for Meetings In Development
Microsoft Teams – Meet now Rolling Out
Pending teams In Development
SharePoint – OneDrive – Teams – file upload limit up to 100GB In Development
New Calendar App replaces Meetings App In Teams Launched
Microsoft Teams – Meet now Launched
Microsoft Teams – Screen sharing in Teams/Skype for Business interop Launched

Remember if you would like to receive all the Microsoft Roadmaps updates to your Teams Client, check out this post.

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Microsoft Teams Roadmap Announcements for October 2019

Microsoft Teams Roadmap Announcements for October 2019

The following post contains the new features and updated features from October 2019. This post enables you to quickly glance at the Microsoft Teams Roadmap based on the latest information provided by Microsoft.

One thing I have included in this month’s round-up is Microsoft Bookings as it now integrates with Skype and Teams.

New Features

New Features Current Status
Users can pin apps to the Teams left rail In Development
Microsoft Teams – teams auto-renewal In Development
Microsoft Teams – Phone System Administration Enhancements In Development
Microsoft Teams – Silent Login In Development
Microsoft Teams – Support for Google as an Identity Provider In Development

Updated Features

Updated Current Status
Microsoft Teams: Music on Hold Launched
Microsoft Teams – Secondary Ringer and Answer From Anywhere Launched
Microsoft Teams – Reverse Number Lookup Rolling Out
Microsoft Teams – Dynamic Emergency Calling for Calling Plans Launched
Microsoft Teams – Cloud Voicemail Enhancements Launched
Microsoft Teams – Location Based Routing Rolling Out
Microsoft Teams – Direct Routing Enhancements In Development
Microsoft Teams desktop app rolls to existing installs of Office 365 ProPlus and Microsoft/Office 365 Business/Business Premium (for the mothly channel only) Launched
Microsoft Teams – Delegation Enhancements Launched
Microsoft Teams – Channel Cross Posting Launched
Microsoft Teams – Dynamic Emergency Calling for Direct Routing In Development

Remember if you would like to receive all the Microsoft Roadmaps updates to your Teams Client, check out this post.

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The Author – Blogabout.Cloud

Microsoft Teams Roadmap Announcements for September 2019

Microsoft Teams Roadmap Announcements for September 2019

The following post contains the new features and updated features from September 2019. This post enables you to quickly glance at the Microsoft Teams Roadmap based on the latest information provided from Microsoft.

One thing I have included in this month round up is Microsoft Bookings as it now integrates with Skype and Teams.

New Features

New Features Current Status
Microsoft Teams – Pinned channels In Development
Microsoft Teams – Audio Calling for the Chrome Browser Launched
Microsoft Teams – Enhanced Delegation In Development
Microsoft Teams – Dynamic Emergency Calling for Calling Plans Rolling out

Updated Features

Updated Current Status
Microsoft Teams Education – Redesigned UI Launched
Microsoft Teams – Priority notifications Launched
Microsoft Teams Education – Class Avatars & Stickers Launched
Microsoft Teams Education – GradeSync Launched
Microsoft Teams Education – Turnitin Integration Launched
Microsoft Teams Education – MakeCode Assignments Launched
Microsoft Teams Education – Mobile Grading Launched
Microsoft Teams – Channel Moderation Launched
Microsoft Teams – Interoperability (1:1 Teams-Skype for Business chat) in Office 365 Government GCC and DoD Launched
Microsoft Teams – External Access in Office 365 Government GCC High and DoD Launched
Microsoft Teams – Unified Presence (Skype for Business and Teams unified) in Office 365 Government GCC High and DoD Launched
Microsoft Teams – Auto-updates will use lower network bandwidth Launched
Microsoft Teams – Give Feedback Launched
Microsoft Teams – @-less mentions Launched
Microsoft Teams – Focus Mode Launched
Microsoft Teams – Phone System Updates for GCC Launched
Microsoft Teams – Phone System for GCC High and DoD In Development
Safe Links Protection for Microsoft Teams In Development
Microsoft Teams for Firstline Workers: Import a schedule into Shifts Launched
Microsoft Teams: Music on Hold Rolling out
Microsoft Teams – Per-team and Cross-team analytics Launched
Microsoft Teams – Dynamic Emergency Calling for Direct Routing In Development
Microsoft Teams – Secondary Ringer and Answer From Anywhere Launched
Microsoft Teams – Reverse Number Lookup Rolling out

Remember if you would like to receive all the Microsoft Roadmaps updates to your Teams Client, check out this post.

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The Author – Blogabout.Cloud