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TsooRad is a blog for John Weber. John is a Skype for Business MVP (2015-2016) - before that, a Lync Server MVP (2010-2014). My day job is titled "Technical Lead, MS UC" - I work with an awesome group of people at CDW, LLC. I’ve been at this gig in one fashion or another since 1988 - starting with desktops (remember Z-248’s?) and now I am in Portland, Oregon. I focus on collaboration and infrastructure. This means Exchange of all flavors, Skype, LCS/OCS/Lync, Windows, business process, and learning new stuff. I have a variety of interests - some of which may rear their ugly head in this forum. I have a variety of certifications dating back to Novell CNE and working up through the Microsoft MCP stack to MCITP multiple times. FWIW, I am on my third career - ex-USMC, retired US Army. I have a fancy MBA. One of these days, I intend to start teaching. The opinions expressed on this blog are mine and mine alone.

2016/04/11

Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition

This is highly reminiscent of watching this Steve Martin classic.

But for those of us who have been waiting for lo! these many months, as of 0900 PST, the CCE is here!

The Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition is a set of packaged virtual machines for deployment on-premises which connect a customer’s existing Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) service provider circuits with Skype for Business Cloud PBX operating in Office 365. This allows for the user’s phone capability to be managed out of Office 365 while their phone calls continue to use their existing phone number, circuits and PSTN provider contract.

One caveat – the existing documentation calls for Windows 2012 R2 Datacenter –

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There is some light at the end of that particular tunnel in that Windows 2012 R2 Standard Edition appears to be valid also using a secondary methodology.  More clarification to the Technet documentation is pending.  Specifically, there is this statement in the reference:

Before you deploy Cloud Connector Edition, make sure you have the following for your environment:

  • A Windows Server 2012 R2 ISO image (.iso). Both Standard edition and Data Center edition are supported. The ISO will be converted to VHDs for the virtual machines that will run Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition.

You can get started right here:  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=51693

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