I think that search engines are loosing their powers in an evergreen and ever changing Cloud World. When searching failed me for learning what I needed about Office 365 Groups I found that the Office 365 for IT Pros book had the angle and up to date answers I needed. It is kept up to date by MVPs who work with and understand the technology for what it is and what it’s not, so you know you get an up to date and thoughtful answer. It covers all of Office 365 with practical examples to get you started. I strongly believe in this format moving forward since it is difficult to search for Groups or Teams online, and when you find articles they are half a year old and may or may not be outdated. To make sure I stay up to date on my core knowledge, I offered my services to write about Skype for Business Online and hybrid. I am happy to be accepted in to the team with Tony Redmond, Michael Van Horenbeeck and Paul Cunningham. I look forward to contribute to a great collection of knowledge. The fourth edition is planned for a June 1st release, read more about it here
Totally recommend Office 365 for IT Pros if you are an Office 365 admin or consultant. Get it here
Join me March 3oth for my full online day on how to design Skype for Business in a cloud first world. Because of the high score at the last IT/Dev Connections session I did october 2016 Penton asked if I could do a full day, and it is a huge honor to get the chance. I will focus on three topics
- How to think when designing global voice solutions with Skype for Business.
- Explore online, hybrid and on-premises deployments and how Azure MFA plays in to the mix.
- Deep dive in to codecs, protocols, routing and the optimal media path
Skype for Business Online is a different kind of infrastructure technology than the rest of Office 365 and I will focus on helping you understand how to prepare for success. I will answer live Q&A during the sessions, so make sure you sign up!
February 2nd I have the honor of speaking at the Nordic Infrastructure Conference 2017 for the 6th consecutive year. This is a premiere event with a great expo hall and a list of world known speakers such as Johan Arwidmark, Sami Laiho, Wally Mead to name a few.
I will talk about how I design voice solutions with Skype for Business where I will share my three main design principles. Make sure you catch it if you are wondering about how to design in a cloud first world. Check it out and sign up here
16-18 January Microsoft has planned a Skype for Business Partner Airlift in Oslo and I am running it. For only 6 600 NOK you will get 3 days of technical training and 2 days exam prep. The airlift is designed to enable partners to understand and design the new workloads for Skype for Business in Office 365 with hands on. I will expand the content with my experience and I will share my thoughts on voice and video design in a cloud first world. We will cover
- Cloud PBX
- Meeting Broadcast
- Hybrid Voice
- Cloud Connector Edition
- Network planning
- Skype Operations Framework
Two days of exam prep for exam 70.334 is included as part of the airlift. Head over to the sign-up page today, limited seats are available: http://www.bouvet.no/Kurs/Kurskalender/Microsoft/Skype-for-Business/
The challenge is to create a good experience in an audiotium and in the Skype Meeting Broadcast at the same time
When is this a challenge?
When you want to have a conference talk, all hands meeting, training or product update with a good experience in the on-site auditorium and in the Skype Meeting Broadcast stream
Why is this a challenge for audio?
If you need to use a microphone in the room there is often no way to get the same sound in to the computer you are using to stream the meeting. You may be in a location where you can not integrate equipment that will solve this problem. Using a speaker device will often not give a satisfactory experience since it picks up sounds in the room, echo and the speaker may feel distant and if not speaking loud enough the speaker may be noise cancelled
Why is this a challenge for presentation?
If you want to present a PowerPoint and combine with a demo you may encounter scenarios where application sharing may break if you are in the meeting from you presentation computer, You may want to demo Skype for Business that will disconnect the meeting or you want to show multimedia with a good experience in the room and a good enough experience in the stream
Two devices are part of the primary solution
- Zoom H4n Recorder with two mic in and two audio out
- 2x XLR inputs from the existing microphones in the room or a system you bring with you
- The second input can be audio from your presentation computer when you want to show multimedia
- One USB output that you can set as the audio device in your Skype for Business client with good quality and no interference
- One line out mini jack that you can plug in to the speaker system to get good sound out in the room
- Supplementary devices
- DMS 70 Quattro
- XLR mic output
- Two wireless microphone for two speakers or QA in the room
- Supports up to 4 microphones
- Update: Seems like the DMS 70 is discontinued
- An alternative can be the Shure BLX14 Dual Wireless Lavalier Microphone System With 2 x WL185 with a XLR merger like the
Millenium SML 21.
- I have not tested this setup, but it has the right attributes for it to work
- Shure A15LA Line Adapter
- Converts computer line out to microphone sound for a good audio experience in the H4n recorder
- Regular audio sounds terrible without this adapter
- Now you can output sounds from your presentation computer in to the stream
- Magewell USB Capture HDMI device
- Converts HDMI output from your computer to USB webcam input for your streaming computer
- Requires two computers, one presentation computer and one production computer which is best practice for Skype Meeting Broadcast
- Supplementary devices
- Standard HDMI splitter for splitting the presentation computer HDMI signal and send it to the projector and to the Magewell device
Afterthought: You may want to have a separate production computer for webcam video of the speaker, then it will be a simple task for the producer to switch between the presentation video or the speaker video
Bringing it together
Below is a gif illustrating the devices connect
November 16th 2016 I had the pleasure of talking at TechDays Sweden about How to get started with Skype for Business Meeting Broadcast. This is the second time I have the honor of attending as a speaker and this is a really great conference with a good expo floor and great keynotes.
Heard about Meeting Broadcast in Office 365? It is available for all Enterprise licenses. You can use your regular Skype for Business client to stream your meeting to any device without any client requirements. After the meeting it will be available on demand and you can get statistics on how many have consumed your broadcast. New features even include a QA module for two way communications with your attendees. This session will walk through how to get started, best practices and how to look professional doing it.
Watch the recording
Date: 16 Nov 2016
Time: 11:00 – 12:00
Read more and sign up here: http://tdswe.se/session/how-to-get-started-with-skype-for-business-meeting-broadcast-level-200/
Nevermind! My name is in it!
With 15 other awesome Skype for Business subject matter experts. 1001 epic pages on everything you thought you did not need to know about Skype for Business. It just has to be a great book, run out and buy it :)
Also look up my chapter on VDI, cool stuff is happening there. Was an honor to be part of it, thanks Pat Richard for involving me :)
Due to big demand my session is now set up three times in the Community Hub area. Make sure you catch a run
Check out my profile on the Ignite site as well: https://myignite.microsoft.com/speaker/15895
I am happy to announce that I will return to Microsoft Ignite as a speaker. This time I will do a 20 minute theater session on how I design a global Skype for Business voice solution. There is not much I can dive in to in 20 minutes, but if you want an overview of what your options are and what I think about when talking global voice with customers and partners, make sure you attend this theater community session at Microsoft Ignite. Hope to see you there :)
Check out the other Skype for Business sessions at Ignite
For the first time I will have the honor to speak at IT/Dev Connections, being held at the ARIA Resort in Las Vegas from October 10th to 13th. ARIA is a great venue where I had the opportunity to talk at the 2014 Lync Conference, and it works well for a more intimate conference like this.
IT/Dev Connections stands out from the usual vendor mega-conferences by focusing on real world technology and experiences from subject matter experts. I am really proud to be part of this group and looking forward to share my lessons learned.
I’ll be delivering two sessions in the Enterprise Collaboration track:
How I design global voice solutions with Skype for Business – A two way session where we get to dive in to global voice design best practices and going outside the comfort zone of what is recommended but still works as long as you know what you are doing :)
Succeeding with Skype for Business Meeting Broadcast – I will share my experiences using Meeting Broadcast since preview. Will share tips and tricks, hardware advice and how to scale it in larger networks
You can see the full event schedule and more details at http://www.itdevconnections.com/
I hope to see you there!