Skype for Business Hybrid Handbook, Version 2.1

This e-book serves as a reference, or "handbook", for various topics regarding the planning and implementation of various Hybrid Skype for Business environments. From supported topologies, to step-by-step instructions for configuring Cloud PBX with On-Premises PSTN Connectivity.

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Update for 2019?
    1 Posts | Last post April 12, 2019
    • Thanks for this awesome handbook, it really provides some good guidelines. However, do you plan to update it for SFB2019 and Skype Online's / Teams' latest features?
  • Awesome Handbook
    2 Posts | Last post February 15, 2019
    • Hi Josh,
      Thank you for sharing this Awesome handbook ! ;-)
      Best Regards,
      @Jamesvandenberg
    • Really Nioce one
      
  • Fully move to Online
    1 Posts | Last post January 18, 2018
    • So the book it great and it has everything i needed to get hybrid going.  Got everyone moved to online, but now I want to fully decomission the on premise solution gracefully and only use online.  Are you aware of any guides for this or information.  I've found one guide that discusses cutover approach and I can probably piece some of that together to decomission the onsite stuff.
  • Excellent Work
    1 Posts | Last post July 05, 2017
    • Great e-book which explains the Skype Concepts. Would definitely like to see more e-books by you in future.
  • Thank you
    1 Posts | Last post November 05, 2016
    • The handbook was very helpful in understanding the hybrid concept
  • Just perfect - thank you
    1 Posts | Last post September 02, 2016
    • Hi Josh
      We have just deployed to Customer for the hybrid Scenario according your guidance. Many thanks it was realy helpfull, just perfect.
      
      Bueschu
      
      
  • about voice mail for online users
    1 Posts | Last post May 06, 2016
    • Hi Josh, nice article :)
      
      I'm not sure this is correct:
      A quick note on the Voicemail integration: as we will see in the next section, Voicemail is available for Skype for Business Online users when they use Exchange Online. Therefore, in your hybrid Skype for Business environment, you may also end up wanting to deploy hybrid Exchange, so that your Skype for Business Online users will have access to Voicemail as well. 
      
      Online users that are enabled for Cloud PBX will have voice mail included. Exchange Online is not required for voice mail. When Exchange UM is added, it enables voice mail to be accessed via one's Exchange mailbox and played from within the message notification rather than the user having to dial into voice mail to retrieve messages. Exchange doesn't have to be deployed for hybrid, it could just be all online or all on-prem. 
  • More of an answer
    2 Posts | Last post March 02, 2016
    • This has saved me hours of de-ciphering the vagaries of TechNet, you've created a fantastic resource here that explains the concepts very clearly.  I am going to give this to my boss who, until he reads it, looks terrified when I try to explain UC options.  Well done and I hope this gets a higher profile for you in the communities!
    • Phil, thank you so much for those kind and encouraging words! This kind of input is what motivates me to keep giving back and putting new content out there that will help others going through the same technical paths that I have gone down. Good luck on your forth-coming Hybrid endeavors!
      
      Respectfully,
      
      Josh Blalock
  • Very well written, thumbs up!
    2 Posts | Last post January 31, 2016
    • I have never been a book worm, but I read this book within 1 hour!Very interesting and informative!
      I just did a in place upgrade to SFB2015 and will plan to do Hybrid around next week. Mostly is because we want to use the large meeting scale in Skype online (10k users) and get technical experience from it.
      Half of our users have enterprise voice, so not sure we will move them to the cloud. Currently we have centralized sip trunk thru Interoute and quality is really good with almost no downtime. We have at the moment only one site in Europe, but have offices around the world (USA,Asia,Europe). We plan to setup one site in USA and one site in Asia (at the moment they don't have enterprise voice, only Europe does).In the future they will sure get own sip trunk thru Interoute as well, if possible.
      My main question is, if we move these users to Skype online how much will that affect voice/video/meeting quality?
      Our tenant is in Amsterdam and all our mailboxes are also in Exchange online (with working UM integration).
      Do you have any experience with this setup?
      
      Thanks!
    • Hey Off2work!
      
      Thanks for the feedback! Glad the book was not too drab!
      
      Sounds like you have quite the setup, and are getting ready to make it even more interesting! Obviously, the biggest factor when it comes to A/V and cloud-based users is the bandwidth available at their local office, and the strength of their internet connection. For larger companies that want to take advantage of the flexibility and benefits of Skype for Business Online, more stringent uptime requirements are clearly going to come into play, and a dedicated connection to Office 365 through something like Azure ExpressRoute is going to be a must. I don't have a lot of details on that solution, but something you may want to look into. Without a dedicated pipe, you will still have good experiences, as I have heard about some really solid quality coming from S4B Online tenants, but you should certainly expect less media quality and occassional "drops" when compared with your On-Prem Audio/Video experiences.
      
      Sorry, I know that is kind of a soft answer, but the real answer is simply that it depends largely on the environments, bandwidth, and connection strength, and internal networks at your local offices. Best of luck on your future Hybrid endeavors!
      
      Respectfully,
      
      Josh Blalock