OD20334 - Core Solutions of Microsoft Skype for Business 2015

Self-paced (3 months access)

This On-Demand Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC)course teaches IT professionals how to plan, deploy, configure, and administer a Microsoft Skype for Business 2015 solution. Students will learn how to deploy a multi-site and highly available Skype for Business infrastructure that supports instant messaging, conferencing, persistent chat, archiving, and monitoring. Students will also learn how to manage, maintain, and troubleshoot issues in the infrastructure. This course focuses primarily on the on-premises deployment of Skype for Business, but does include information on how to integrate the on-premises deployment with Skype for Business Online as well as how to migrate from previous versions of Lync Server. This course helps the student prepare for Exam 70-334.

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This module explains how to configure users for Skype for Business. It also explains how to deploy Skype for Business 2015 clients and configure client policies. It explains the authentication and sign-in process for the clients. It also describes how to configure the server settings that impact Skype for Business and how to generate and distribute the Skype for Business Address Book.

Lessons

  • Configuring Users
  • Deploying Skype for Business 2015 Clients
  • Sign In, Registration, and Authentication
  • Configuring Skype for Business Client Policies
  • Configuring Skype for Business Server 2015 Settings
  • Managing the Skype for Business Address Book

Lab : Configuring Users and Clients in Skype for Business 2015

  • Enabling Users for Skype for Business Using the Management Shell
  • Troubleshooting a User Login Issue

Lab : Configuring Policies and the Address Book in Skype for Business 2015

  • Configuring Client Policies
  • Configuring the Address Book

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain how to configure users for Skype for Business.
  • Explain how to deploy Skype for Business 2015 clients.
  • Explain the authentication and sign in process for Skype for Business clients.
  • Describe how to configure client policies.
  • Explain how to configure the server settings that impact Skype for Business.
  • Describe how to generate and distribute the Skype for Business Address Book.

This module explains the conferencing lifecycle and the implementation of audio/video and Web conferencing policies. It also explains how to design and configure dial-in conferencing and large and broadcast meetings. It also explains how to configure a Lync Room System.

Lessons

  • Conferencing Lifecycle
  • Designing and Configuring Audio/Video and Web Conferencing Policies
  • Deploying Dial-in Conferencing
  • Configuring a Lync Room System
  • Configuring Large and Broadcast Meetings

Lab : Implementing a Conferencing Policy

  • Configuring Conferencing Policies
  • Troubleshooting Conferencing

Lab : Configuring Additional Conferencing Modalities

  • Configuring Dial-In Conferencing
  • Configuring a Lync Room System

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain the conferencing lifecycle.
  • Explain how to implement audio/video and Web conferencing policies.
  • Explain how to design and configure dial-in conferencing.
  • Explain how to configure a Lync Room System.
  • Explain how to configure large and broadcast meetings.

This module explains the modalities for external access and capabilities for remote users. It also explains how to design and implement External Access Policies and security to meet the needs of an organisation. Additionally, it explains how to design and manage external network configurations, create and manage reverse proxy configurations, design and manage the mobility service. Further, it explains how to design and configure federation.

Lessons

  • External Access Overview
  • Configuring External Access Policies and Security
  • Configuring External Access Network and Certificates
  • Configuring Reverse Proxy
  • Designing Mobility in Skype for Business 2015
  • Designing Federation in Skype for Business 2015

Lab : Designing and Implementing External User Access

  • Defining the Edge Server in the Topology
  • Installing and Configuring the Edge Server

Lab : Installing the Components for External Users

  • Installing and Configuring Reverse Proxy
  • Troubleshooting External Messaging

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the modalities for external access and capabilities for remote users.
  • Explain how to design and implement External Access Policies and security to meet the needs of an organisation.
  • Explain how to design and manage external network configurations.
  • Explain how to create and manage reverse proxy configurations.
  • Explain how to design and manage the mobility service.
  • Explain how to design and configure federation.

This module explains how to configure DNS and hardware load balancing. It also explains how to plan the high availability for back end servers. Further, it describes high availability solutions for the other components of Skype for Business 2015.

Lessons

  • Front End Pool Architecture
  • Back End Server High Availability
  • High Availability for Other Component Servers

Lab : Designing and Implementing High Availability

  • Configuring DNS Load Balancing
  • Configuring SQL Always On

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain how to configure DNS and hardware load balancing.
  • Explain how to plan the high availability for back end servers.
  • Describe high availability solutions for the other components of Skype for Business 2015.

This module explains the external dependencies for Skype for Business Server. It describes the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) domain requirements to ensure a successful implementation. This module also explains how to install Skype for Business Server, and it describes how Skype for Business Server integrates with Exchange Server and Microsoft SharePoint Server.

Lessons

  • Server and Service Dependencies
  • Planning SIP Domains
  • Installing Skype for Business Server
  • Integrating Skype for Business Server with Exchange Server and SharePoint Server

Lab : Configuring DNS and Simple URLs for Skype for Business Server

  • Configuring the Required DNS Records and Simple URLs for Skype for Business Server

Lab : Deploying Skype for Business Server

  • Installing and Configuring Skype for Business Server
  • Installing Skype for Business Server Certificates

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Identify the external dependencies for Skype for Business Server 2015.
  • Identify the SIP domain requirements to ensure a successful implementation.
  • Install Skype for Business Server.
  • Describe how Skype for Business Server integrates with Exchange Server and SharePoint Server.

This module explains how to design a Skype for Business 2015 topology that includes Persistent Chat. It then explains how to deploy Persistent Chat in Skype for Business. Finally, it explains how to configure and manage Persistent Chat.

Lessons

  • Designing a Persistent Chat Server Topology
  • Deploying Persistent Chat Server
  • Configuring and Managing Persistent Chat

Lab : Designing and Deploying Persistent Chat Server

  • Configuring the Topology for Persistent Chat Server
  • Installing Persistent Chat Server
  • Registering a New Add-In

Lab : Configuring and Using Persistent Chat

  • Configuring Chat Rooms and Policies
  • Validating a Persistent Chat Deployment
  • Troubleshooting Persistent Chat

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Design a Skype for Business topology that includes Persistent Chat.
  • Deploy Persistent Chat in Skype for Business.
  • Configure and manage Persistent Chat in Skype for Business.

This module describes the disaster recovery options in Skype for Business Server, such as Front End pool pairing and Persistent Chat Server stretched pools. It then explains how to implement disaster recovery in Skype for Business Server. Additionally, it describes the disaster recovery options for Persistent Chat, the Central Management store, the Location Information Service (LIS) database, and user data.

Lessons

  • Disaster Recovery Options in Skype for Business Server
  • Implementing Disaster Recovery in Skype for Business Server
  • Additional Disaster Recovery Options in Skype for Business Server

Lab : Implementing and Performing Disaster Recovery

  • Configuring Pool Pairing
  • Perform Pool Failover and Failback

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe disaster recovery options in Skype for Business Server.
  • Implement disaster recovery in Skype for Business Server.
  • Describe the disaster recovery options for Persistent Chat, the Central Management store, the Location Information Service (LIS) database, and user data.

This module describes Skype for Business Online features. It then explains how to prepare an on-premises environment for a hybrid Skype for Business deployment. It also explains how to configure a hybrid Skype for Business deployment.

Lessons

  • Overview of Skype for Business Online
  • Preparing for a Hybrid Skype for Business Deployment
  • Configuring a Hybrid Skype for Business Environment

Lab : Designing a Hybrid Skype for Business Deployment

  • Designing the Hybrid Skype for Business Environment

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe Skype for Business Online features.
  • Prepare an on-premises environment for a hybrid Skype for Business deployment.
  • Configure a hybrid Skype for Business deployment.

This module describe how to plan a side-by-side migration from Lync Server 2010 and Lync Server 2013 to Skype for Business Server 2015. It also explains how to perform an in-place upgrade from Lync Server 2013 to Skype for Business Server.

Lessons

  • Overview of Upgrade and Migration Paths
  • Migrating to Skype for Business 2015
  • In-Place Upgrade to Skype for Business Server 2015

Lab : Performing an In-Place Upgrade of Lync 2013 to Skype for Business

  • Install Skype for Business Administrative Tools
  • Performing In-Place Upgrade from Lync Server 2013 to Skype for Business Server 2015

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the supported migration and upgrade paths for Skype for Business Server.
  • Perform an in-place upgrade of Lync Server 2013 to Skype for Business Server.
  • Describe how to manage the user experience during an upgrade.

This module describes the high level components and features of Skype for Business 2015 and the purpose of the various Skype for Business administrative tools. It also explains the main components of Skype for Business Online and coexistence with on-premises Skype for Business Servers.

Lessons

  • Overview of Skype for Business Components and Features
  • Introduction to the Skype for Business Administrative Tools

Lab : Designing and Publishing a Skype for Business Server Topology

  • Designing and Creating the Topology
  • Updating the Topology for the New York Site

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the high-level components and features of Skype for Business 2015.
  • Work with Skype for Business administrative tools.

This module explains how to administer and manage Skype for Business Server by using Skype for Business Server Control Panel and the Skype for Business Server Management Shell. It also describes how to create useful Skype for Business scripts to automate processes. Additionally, it explains how to implement role-based access control (RBAC) in Skype for Business and how to use important Test cmdlets and tools to troubleshoot Skype for Business.

Lessons

  • Using Skype for Business Server Control Panel
  • Using the Skype for Business Server Management Shell
  • Implementing Role-Based Access Control
  • Using Test Cmdlets
  • Tools for Troubleshooting Skype for Business

Lab : Using the Administrative Tools to Manage Skype for Business Server

  • Installing the Skype for Business Administrative Tools on a Windows 10 Client
  • Using Skype for Business Server Control Panel
  • Using the Skype for Business Server Management Shell

Lab : Using the Skype for Business Troubleshooting Tools

  • Using Skype for Business Server Management Shell Cmdlets to Create an RBAC Structure
  • Using the Centralized Logging Service
  • Performing a Network Capture by Using Message Analyzer

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Use Skype for Business Server Control Panel.
  • Use the Skype for Business Server Management Shell.
  • Implement RBAC in Skype for Business 2015.
  • Use important test cmdlets.
  • Use various tools to troubleshoot Skype for Business.

This modules describes Skype for Business conferencing features and modalities. It explains how to integrate Skype for Business Server 2015 with Office Online Server. It also explains how to plan for conferencing bandwidth utilization. Finally, it explains how to configure conferencing settings and policies.

Lessons

  • Introduction to Conferencing in Skype for Business 2015
  • Integrating Skype for Business Server and Office Online Server
  • Bandwidth Planning
  • Configuring Conferencing Settings

Lab : Installing and Configuring Office Online Server

  • Installing Office Online Server

Lab : Configuring Conferencing in Skype for Business Server

  • Configuring, Assigning, and Validating Conferencing Policies

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe Skype for Business conferencing features and modalities.
  • Integrate Skype for Business Server 2015 with Office Web Apps Server.
  • Plan for conferencing bandwidth utilization.
  • Configure conferencing settings and policies.

This module describes the Monitoring Service components in Skype for Business Server. It then describes archiving and explains how to design an archiving policy. Finally, it explains how to implement archiving.

Lessons

  • Components of the Monitoring Service
  • Overview of Archiving
  • Designing an Archiving Policy
  • Implementing Archiving

Lab : Implementing Monitoring

  • Enabling Monitoring Reports

Lab : Implementing Archiving

  • Enabling Skype for Business Server Archiving to Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe Monitoring Service components in Skype for Business Server.
  • Implement monitoring.
  • Design an archiving policy.
  • Implement archiving.

This course is intended for IT professionals who are responsible for the Skype for Business deployment in their organisations. Experience with previous versions of Lync Server is beneficial but not required to take this course. Students should be proficient with Active Directory Domain Services, data networks, and telecommunications standards and components that support the configuration of Skype for Business. Students should also be familiar with Exchange Server and Office 365. Also, IT professionals who are looking to take the exam 70-334A: Core Solutions of Skype for Business 2015, as a stand-alone, or as part of the requirement for the MCSE: Communications certification will take this course as preparation material.

In addition to their professional experience, students who attend this training should already have the following technical knowledge:

  • Minimum of two years of experience administering Windows Server, including Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012
  • Minimum of two years of experience working with Active Directory
  • Minimum of two years of experience working with name resolution, including DNS
  • Experience working with certificates, including PKI certificates
  • Experience working with Windows PowerShell
  • Understanding of data networks and telecommunications standards and components

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the architecture of Skype for Business 2015 and design a Skype for Business 2015 topology.
  • Install and implement Skype for Business Server 2015.
  • Administer and manage Skype for Business Server 2015 by using the various available tools.
  • Design and implement clients and users in Skype for Business 2015.
  • Implement conferencing in Skype for Business 2015.
  • Design and implement additional conferencing options.
  • Design and implement monitoring and archiving in Skype for Business 2015.
  • Design and implement connectivity for external users and organisations.
  • Design and implement Persistent Chat in Skype for Business 2015.
  • Design and implement high availability in Skype for Business 2015.
  • Design and implement disaster recovery scenarios for Skype for Business 2015.
  • Design and deploy Skype for Business hybrid.
  • Design and implement an upgrade from Lync to Skype for Business 2015.
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