MS Teams now with Guest users...or .......

As one of the new features of the MS Teams that Twitter runs over with, is that we can have Guest user access in Teams.
Well to add a user is real easy, but there is some limitation about it.

As this shows you where I tries to add a guest user to one of my Teams

Then we get this message

Your account has to be O365 business or school account.
If it's one of them well then there is no problem to get this new feature running.


Windows 10, Surface PRO 4 and Sennheiser MB660 MS UC

The last days I got my Sennheiser MB660 MS UC. At the first time I plugged it to my Surface PRO 4, running Windows 10 PRO Insider Preview Evaluation copy. Build 16281.rs3_release.170829-1438, who worked smooth on my Plantronics Voyager Focus UC. When running the dongle on the MB660 it works fine. The drivers got where they should, and the Sennheiser update installed the latest firmware for the dongle and headset.


Windows 2012R2 S4B Cannot install KB2982006 – This update is not applicable to your computer

It's time for a classic with a twist.
As we know there is an issue installing Skype for Business server on windows server 2012R2. You have to download the KB2982006 update and installed it.


Microsoft Ignite less than 30 days

Since I did not partisipate on last year on MS Ignite. My company is sending 2 persons this year. It's my Co-worker Ivar Naggum and my self.
Most of the stuff that I will look into this year at Ignite will be about O365, some Skype for Business Online and Azure.
There will come lots of bloggs and tweets from this years event.
You can read about Ignite here

I hope to see you at Ignite in Orlando.


DNS vs HLB Skype For Business

I have the last half year build serveral Skype for Business solutions where we have implemented Enterprise Edition.
Based on what several MVP and Microsoft best practise they recommend DNS LoadBalancing.
When reading on TechNET this is one of the article about Loadbalancing
As mentioned in several bloggs and on Technet, well all say that searching for error is more easy with DNS LBA. Well that can be true because you don't have to search in HLB vml og physcal unit. But then you buy a HLB without a service and support agreement? And if it's critical you buy a 24/7/365 4 hours responce time agreement.
If you look at downtime based on how client works and what is said around. The Skype for Business client shall do it better than older clients. But is this the fact?


http to https redirect for KEMP Loadmaster

More and more customers are going for KEMP Loadmaster as reverse proxy. Often the question about http port 80 redirect inside KEMP Loadmaster to https 443 and then to a realserver who runs 8080 or other ports.

Then just follow these steps
To redirect from HTTP to HTTPS, follow the steps below in the LoadMaster Web User Interface (WUI):

  1. Create a Virtual Service on the IP address you use for HTTPS on port 80. This service will act as a redirector and does not need Real Servers.
  2. Once created, on the Virtual Service modify screen, expand the Advanced Properties section.
  3. In the Not Available Redirection Handling section, select 302 Found as the Error Code.
  4. Enter the URL to redirect to in the Redirect URL text box. Click Set Redirect URL. You may use the wildcards %h and %s to represent the requested hostname and Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) respectively.
then under redirect url add https://servicedesk.domain.com

After the public DNS has been created and the FW is open for port 80 for this service well then KEMP will do it's magic.

You can try it from your browser and type in: http://servicedesk.domain.com and you will end up in https://servicedesk.domain.com

Soure: KEMP Technologies


Office web app server (WAC) and HLB

One of my customer who I have build a Skype for Business as a service for are running KEMP Loadmaster in a HA environment.
One of the things we did was to HLB WAC server. This is how we did it:
1. install the frist WAC server and with a certificate
2. Create the farm with external and internal URL https://owaweb.domain.com/hostring/discovery
3. check the farm and that the service running
4. Then install the second WAC server with the same certificate as on the frist one
5. Get the machine to Join the farm by this Command
New-OfficeWebAppsMachine -MachineToJoin wac1.domain.com
More about it here: 

Make sure that its all in the S4B topology, the farm is defined. Also the internal and external DNS records for the farm, pointing to KEMP Loadmaster. Open for port 443 in the Firewall

On the  KEMP Loadmaster just use the template, then Add the VS using public ip and then connect to the OWA servers on your internal network and let KEMP do the LoadBalancing.

After testing the solution where we duing a powerpoint presentation we did not have downtime, just a small freeze for 1 second for the presenter who run the powerpoint in Skype for Business.

If you want to know more about KEMP, and how to use KEMP please contact me since blinQ is the only KEMP Center Partner in the Nordic Area.


KEMP new licensing model

since 1.april 2017 KEMP has come out with a new lisence model.
Watch this video to get information about it.


KEMP VIP - Webinar 30th May

As a part of beeing KEMP VIP, I have been asked to run a webinar for KEMP partners. The session will last for 1 hour. Customer cases we have done, how KEMP solved there challenges. The new lisencing model and the new KEMP 360 Central.
This will be a "non" tech session but it will give som pinpoints on how to use KEMP, Why use KEMP instead of Netscaler, F5 or IISARR/WAP-ADFS.

KEMP webinar with Kai Stenberg

Hope you will be there for this session.


Jabra Speak 710 Large room

Just got from Tektrakom in Norway the new Jabra Speak 710. This is a new version of the Speak 510 but now with som new features.
One of the great things is that I just paired it without use the bluetooth stick on my computer.
Just one click on the Speak and it pair/connect with each other. Just nice good. Tried also a conference on them, connected to Skype for Business, and on where i sit and one in a meeting rom about 30feet away, and this worked also.
So far this looks nice and works fine.
Charging with USB, connec to computer either with USB, Bluetooth direct or the stick that comes with it. Pairing so easy.

Update 1:
The kids tried it on their computer runing Viaplay, and watching movie on one of the computers. They where very happy about them. They said that sound was great.

Update 2:
To get them working on Windows 10 is very easy, just let it be installed by bluetooth, and if you have two you want to connect together, just press the connect button on the front on them and you are connected or you can use the bluetooth pin that follows it.

I have now installed them on my computer the Surface 4. Runing Spotify, and it works very good.
If you want try them out don't hasitate to contact me or blinQ.no


New version of KEMP Loadmaster software

Hi, it's been a long time since my last blog post. This has to do with long days and all to much work to be done.
Well, here we are again. This time wiht news that KEMP Tech is about come out with a update for theire KEMP Loadmaster.
The new version is 7.2.38 who they will present 3dr April 2017.

Some of the news is that there is support for Windows server 2016 Hyper-V, Secure FTP (SFTP for backup).
New support model

The new software will be out on monday....so this is early news for you.


Cloud or non cloud

Cloud or Non cloud.....that's the question?
Are you thinking about to get your Skype for Business in the Cloud or OnPrem? Cloud or Non Cloud. Hosted or Non hosted? Well this are important infrastructure and company policy that has to be considered.
In the most of Europe Microsoft can't at the present time offer any more than PSTN Conferencing over the Office365 Skype for Business Online......


An old classic that needs a reminder

Noticed something interesting here the other day. After change of IP for Edge in public IP and internal aswell. When we got the routing inplace.
Note to my self.......remember to reboot the Edge server even if the topology has been published.

Otherwise you will get funny errors where Desktop sharing or Application sharing doesn't work and ofcourse the FW is configured correct.

Confusing....amusing :-)


WAF on KEMP Loadmaster

When customers or persons out there, use KEMP for other stuff than Reverse Proxy or HLB for Skype for Business. We as a KEMP  Center Partner see often that they use it for IIS.

Other will protect their IIS solutions and here is a tip about this.
If you have a IIS that us HLB and use WAF (Web application firewall) and has a subscription from KEMP for it, well then use the following settings running only IIS on the Realserver.

Under Settings for the VS, WAF settings and then choose the IIS rule and not the generic rule. This is why:
If there is information passing through the website such as user details or going to a database it would be recommended to us the Application Generic rules such as SQLI and XSS. However if Application Generic rules are applied it is not possible to apply Application Specific.

And please turn on Audit Mode to Audit Relevanse. If this is not turned on, then you might get no loggs on the WAF.

One other thing about WAF is that when you turn it on, well then you get a message 1 out of 8 VS are enabled. What does this mean?
Well, this say that you have 4 GBRam for your WAF, and each VS running WAF takes out 512 MB Ram. If you find out that you need to have eg. 16 VS running WAF, well then you have to double your memory for your Loadmaster.

Hope this explains a lot about this subject.


2016 fading out.......2017 is about come

Well, what a year 2016 has been. Lots of stars has left us. From David Bowie, Lemmy and last Carrie Fisher.
Well, as a Skype for Business consultant, this year has been great for me. Lot's of interesting projects. New job at #blinQ. Building a company from the beginning. KEMP VIP status and blinQ got as the frist in Nordic Area KEMP Center Partner.

Microsoft has pushed out more new features in Office365. The new MAC client finally got here.
Skype Operations Framework will now be a important part of how we shall deliver projects.

Someone out there in LinkedIn said that in about 2 years time the Skype for Business consultant role has gone and that companies do not want to hire them anymore.
I will not agree to that, our role as advisor, since we know how the EV works, and in the Nordics where I work Microsoft can hardly deliver EV functionality in O365. Lots of companies has hybrid solutions, so I will not agree. Maybe it's different in UK or US since they have O365 with EV. But what about Attendant or Contact Center? How can you fix that in O365? Microsoft does not have this and when terminate SIP trunk, you can do that is Azure, but then we are talking about a new game, and the UC Consultant was not dead after all :-)

Thanks to all my readers, an I'll be back next year.
Happy new Year



As some of you have read on LinkedIN. Norway has now got their first two KEMP VIP's.
I feel real proud to be one out of two.
As a KEMP VIP & KEMP Champion I will get to see what's will come on KEMP. We will also get first hand on the news.
There will be meetings with the developers, we can come up with ideas, make blogs for KEMP and be early out in the news.

If you want to know more about KEMP, well as I see it there are just one KEMP Center at present time in the Nordic, and that is blinQ AS.

Just take contact if you want to know about LBA, Reverse proxy replacement or anything around KEMP Loadmaster.


Headset is important for Skype for Business

As you noticed earlier on this blog, so have I written some bloggs about different headsets. As you can see from the search I done on my blogg:
Search for headset on my blogg

Well at this time there has been lots of good one and some not so good. But tomorrow this all will change again when Sennheiser will give me try for the new MB-660.

Based on that I have read about it already, well this is something that I am looking forward to. Will it be as great as the Plantronics Focus UC ?


Skype Operations Framwork

It has been out for a while and this is a great method to get your Skype for Business either you will have it Online, Hybrid or Onprem installation.

Skype Operation Framwork

Since working as Chief Consultant, it's very important for me to work how the best practices say. This because the customer will get best and a smooth implementation of the Skype for Business.