Step-By-Step: Skype Connectivity Configuration with On-Premise Skype for Business 2015


It is possible to configure your Skype Business Server 20105 environment to establish a federation with Skype to enable users to search and to add Skype users directly in their contact lists.

The federation enabled Skype business users can add a Skype contact by using several methods of research as the full name (can also specify a location), an email address, a phone number or Skype ID.

The current Skype federation supports the following features:

  • A Skype user can add user Skype business in its list of contact
     
  • A Skype business user can add a Skype contact
     
  • Presence
     
  • IM
     
  • Audio call P2P using the codec SILK
     
  • Video call P2P using the codec H.264
     
  • Encryption of communications in TLS and SRTP;

For the moment, Conference calls and desktop sharing are not the features offered in this federation.

Interoperability for the Skype client matrix is summarized below:

Skype Client

Ajouter des contacts, IM, présence, audio

Vidéo

Skype Windows Desktop

MSA: 6.3 or higher

Skype ID: 7.3 or higher

MSA: 7.3 or higher (not XP or Vista)

Skype ID: 7.3 or higher

Skype Mobile - Windows Phone

Available Soon

Available Soon

Skype Mobile - Android Phone

Available Soon

Available Soon

Skype Mobile - iOS

Available Soon

Available Soon

Skype Mac

Microsoft Accounts : 6.4 or later

Skype Name : Available Soon

Available Soon

Interoperability for the Skype business client matrix is summarized below:

Client

Search in the Skype Directory and add contacts

Skype A/V, interoperability with instant messaging

Skype Entreprise 2015

Yes

Yes

Lync Desktop 2013

Possible addition (not research)

Yes

Lync Web App - online and on-premise

N/A

N/A

Lync Mobile - Windows Phone

Available Soon

Yes

Lync Mobile - Android

Available Soon

Yes

Lync Mobile - iOS

Available Soon

Yes

Lync Room System

Available Soon

Yes

Lync Modern App (Windows 8.1)

Yes

Yes

Lync Mac 2011

Possible addition (not research)

Yes

Lync Desktop 2010

Possible addition (not research)

Yes

Lync Phone Edition

N/A

N/A

Lync Attendant

N/A

N/A

 

 

(Source Microsoft)

The Address book running on the Skype company Server 2015 front-end service is Server Edge 2015 by the presence of Skype 4443 research on the Edge 2015 server port.
Call flow with version 2 of the Skype with Skype business 2015 federation is summarized in the diagram below:

This post presents the federation of environment Skype for Business 2015 company on site with Skype.    


Step 1: Enabling the SIP Domain:

To supply the Skype connectivity, you need the following information:

  • Number of Microsoft
     
  • Qualified domain name (FQDN) of the Access; Edge service
     
  • Field (s) SIP (Session Initiation Protocol)
     
  • Names (FQDN) additional potential of the Access Edge service
     
  • Coordinates;

For this approach, connect the site web https://pic.lync.com and identify yourself with your identifying Microsoft Windows Live ID.

Select the type of license agreement with Microsoft and check the box indicating that you have read and accepted the rights to use the product for Skype Business Server.

Depending of the type of contract chosen, you must then provide the appropriate information and select submit.

 

Choose the "Initiate service" link in order to start the procedure.

 

Specify your contact information.

Specify your SIP domains as well as the FQDN fqdn of your Edge servers managing federation.

 

Validate your request information before sending.

The request is now pending.

The dashboard allows you to have a Visual on the status of your application.

Application ongoing:

Requests active:

  

Step 2: Topology Builder

The federation is required to allow Skype users to communicate with Skype business users in your organization. You need to make sure you have enable and configure a route for the federation in your environment.

 

In the pool configuration, enable federation and searching Skype. 

The options should now be visible in an active status.

 

Step 3: Configuration Federation:

Two options to configure the federation:

  • Using the PowerShell Skype business 2015
     
  • Activation in the overall strategy or a strategy specifically dedicated to provide the functionality to a target identified the option "Enable Communication with public users".

In our example, the overall strategy will be used.

In the PowerShell console, use the following command to edit the overall strategy:

Set-CsExternalAccessPolicy - EnablePublicCloudAudioVideoAccess $true - EnableOutsideAccess $true

Use the following command to validate if the settings are enabled:

get-csexternalaccesspolicy

Add the PIC Skype provider:

In the case where your environment was migrated from a previous version, proceed to the deletion of the PIC already existing Skype provider and add the again with the following commands.

Deleting:

Remove-CsPublicProvider -Identity <identity-name>

Add:

New-CsPublicProvider -Identity Skype -ProxyFqdn federation.messenger.msn.com -IconUrl https://images.edge.messenger.live.com/Messenger_16x16.png-NameDecorationRoutingDomain msn.com -NameDecorationExcludedDomainList "msn.com,outlook.com,live.com,hotmail.com" -VerificationLevel UseSourceVerification -Enabled $true -EnableSkypeIdRouting $true -EnableSkypeDirectorySearch $true

 

Using the control panel Skype business 2015:

Activation in the overall strategy or a strategy specifically dedicated to provide this functionality to a target identified the option "Enable Communication with public users.

In our example, the overall strategy will be used

In the control panel Skype for Business, choose the 'Federation and External access' tab and menu "External Access Policy. Edit the overall strategy:

In the menu SIP Federated providers, add the PIC Skype provider:

In the case where your environment was migrated from a previous version, proceed to the deletion of the PIC already existing Skype provider and add the back into the control panel. 

 

 

Step 4: Testing Federation:

From a user that is part of an external strategy entitled to communicate with Skype contacts, validate that you have access to the 'Skype directory' tab.

The research below user the full name of the target user goes back a series of results provided by Skype.

Now, you can simply add the contact to your contact lists.

 

 

You are notified of your request to add contact.

 

 

 

After having accepted your invitation, the Skype user has access to your presence information and can start a communication session.

Since your Skype enterprise customer, you also have access to the same capabilities.

 

Receipt of an audio call initiated by contact Skype to Skype business user.

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