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  • Question

  • Hi,

    I just bought 100 Office365  E3 licenses for my company and Skype for Business is the part of it.

    I want to setup Skype for Business online meeting (Audio or Video) with 4 External parties.

    Is it possible with the E3 plan I purchased? I don't have on-premises SFB servers or anyother SFB plans.

    Please help.


    • Edited by techtiger Sunday, March 6, 2016 5:43 PM
    Sunday, March 6, 2016 5:33 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    It depends on 'how' you would like these users to join on whether you're able to do this right now, or whether you need to purchase additional;

    1.) With the E3 licenses you have, your users will be able to send out conference invites that have a 'Join Meeting' link / URL in them. If an external user clicks this link from an internet joined PC, then they will be able to join the meeting through the Skype for Business web app. Providing they have audio and mic on the device they're on, they'll be able to participate in the conference.

    2.) If however you would like these external users to be able to dial a PSTN phone number and join the conference like a traditional dial-in conferencing system, then you're E3 plan does not offer this feature. In order to provide this you will need to do one of the following;

    A - Purchase the Skype for Business PSTN conferencing add-on as a bolt on for your existing E3 licenses. This will allow you to assign a public telephone number to the conferencing service that would be associated to your Skype for Business users.

    B - Upgrade your E3 licenses to E5 licenses.

    C - Choose a qualified 3rd party O365 conferencing provider (this option is now some what less preferred since Microsoft introduced option A)

    Hope that helps, kind regards
    Ben


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    • Edited by Ben Donaldson Sunday, March 6, 2016 8:15 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Eason Huang Monday, March 7, 2016 7:18 AM
    • Marked as answer by techtiger Monday, March 7, 2016 7:58 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by techtiger Monday, March 7, 2016 7:58 AM
    • Marked as answer by techtiger Monday, March 7, 2016 8:10 AM
    Sunday, March 6, 2016 8:14 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    It depends on 'how' you would like these users to join on whether you're able to do this right now, or whether you need to purchase additional;

    1.) With the E3 licenses you have, your users will be able to send out conference invites that have a 'Join Meeting' link / URL in them. If an external user clicks this link from an internet joined PC, then they will be able to join the meeting through the Skype for Business web app. Providing they have audio and mic on the device they're on, they'll be able to participate in the conference.

    2.) If however you would like these external users to be able to dial a PSTN phone number and join the conference like a traditional dial-in conferencing system, then you're E3 plan does not offer this feature. In order to provide this you will need to do one of the following;

    A - Purchase the Skype for Business PSTN conferencing add-on as a bolt on for your existing E3 licenses. This will allow you to assign a public telephone number to the conferencing service that would be associated to your Skype for Business users.

    B - Upgrade your E3 licenses to E5 licenses.

    C - Choose a qualified 3rd party O365 conferencing provider (this option is now some what less preferred since Microsoft introduced option A)

    Hope that helps, kind regards
    Ben


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    • Edited by Ben Donaldson Sunday, March 6, 2016 8:15 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Eason Huang Monday, March 7, 2016 7:18 AM
    • Marked as answer by techtiger Monday, March 7, 2016 7:58 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by techtiger Monday, March 7, 2016 7:58 AM
    • Marked as answer by techtiger Monday, March 7, 2016 8:10 AM
    Sunday, March 6, 2016 8:14 PM
  • Thanks Ben

    Appreciate that.

    Is there any official Microsoft guide how to set up, please share ifyou have

    Monday, March 7, 2016 8:10 AM
  • If you opt for the PSTN conferencing add-in or upgrading to E5 then it's all very straight forward as the back end configuration is taken care of for you. It's simply a case of configuring the users as per;

    https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Enable-a-user-for-dial-in-conferencing-dc3bc558-ddee-4cfa-9b36-0ffd2a07bf6a?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

    Purchasing the add-in would seem to be the logical choice unless you feel you'd benefit greatly from the E5 licensing, as that's more expensive per user.

    Kind regards
    Ben


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    Monday, March 7, 2016 8:31 AM