Saturday, July 1, 2017

MVP 2017-2018

Microsoft moved their renewal cycle from having re rewards every quarter to renew all existing MVPs at the same time (July 1st). Mine used to be April 1, and many of my friends were wondering if my MVP status was just another April fools joke. At least the very first time.

Well, It's not April fools day today, and seeing my renewal email arrive the inbox today was just as exciting as when I reicived my first award.

I am honoured to reicive this award for the third time. There is a lot of work behind this, and being recognized for all the time and energy spent on my passion for technology is really appreciated.

Thank you to the MVP team at Microsoft, and congratualtions to all new and renewed MVP's

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Backup Skype For Business V4_2

There hasn't been a need for many updates to this tool, as it seems to be working just fine on most installations. It was however time to release v4.2 with a few corrections and additions, and here are the highlights of this release:

New features:
  • Selective Backup: 7 new switches to take control over what to back up: Basic, Rgs, UserData, FileStore, Databases, PersistantChat and Certificate. Exclusion switches for databases and filestores works with these new switches as before. Not using any of the new switches will invoke the backup routine as before, including everything discovered.

  • Removed Debugging code: Reduced size of script
  • Tweaked filestore backup options: Added exclusion of WinFabFiles as default, and the option to keep them if required
  • DfsrPrivate: Reports of errors when backing up from a DFS fileshare, Added an exclusion to prevent the error.
  • Code Cleanup to make the parameter sets more readable
As always, the script can be found by following the link in my menu above, or simply by clicking here.

Back up Skype for Business, and sleep well :)

All I need now, is to write a gui wrapper ;)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

European Skype for Business User Group Event

I am really excited to share some details about the upcoming Skype for Business user group event. A set of national user groups across Europe has decided to join forces and host a coordinated user group event on April the 6th.

The event will be hosted in different locations and streamed via Broadcast Meeting to those who cannot make there in person. 5 of the 6 hosting countries has chosen a topic to present, will be given 25 minutes each.  All speakers are MVP's and recognized for their knowledge and contributions on the topics presented. This is going to a great night.

Agenda (time given in CET) in PM
  • 6:00 – 6:30 Registration at all local Offices
  • 6:30 – 6:45 Welcome Session (all MVPs in joint speech) as Key Note
  • 6:45 - 7:10   Session 1 (Nordics - Cloud PBX and options)
  • 7:10 - 7:35   Session 2 (Germany - Online Dialplans)
  • 7:35 - 8:00    Session 3 (UK - Trusted Server API in SfB)
  • 8:00 - 8:15    BREAK
  • 8:15 - 8:40  Session 4 (Benelux - Teams in O365)
  • 8:40 - 9:05   Session 5 (Italy - Hybrid best practices for SfB)
  • 9:05 - 9:15 closing
  • 9:15 – …..   Local gatherings or time to go home.

The following countries and cities have been confirmed for the event:
  • Germany: Munich , Cologne, Hamburg
  • UK: London, Birmingham
  • Norway: Oslo
  • Netherlands: Amsterdam
  • Belgium: Brussels/Diegem
  • Italy: Milano

If you're interested in the Norwegian event, please sign up at Intillity's meetup (sponsor):

For more details on each location, please reach out to the local user group and their individual event sites or other social contacts.
Twitter contacts:
Germany: @Skype4bUG_DE
Norway: #MUCUGN
Netherlands: @ucugnl
Belgium: @becom_eu
Italy: @ucugit

Also watch the following global hashtag #skype4beurope for updates on twitter