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  • Hello all. I am in the process of planning out my first Skype for Business deployment. I am understanding the build for the most part, but I am getting tripped up on Enterprise vs Standard server and would greatly appreciate some direction if possible.

    Bit of background, I am a pretty seasoned Exchange engineer so I am used to there being an explicit difference between Standard vs Enterprise server and then having Standard and Enterprise CAL's. But in looking at Skype I am seeing some mixed information on how this works. I have spent about an hour on google and cannot figure out if there is an actual distinction between Skype Server Standard and Enterprise, or if there is only one server edition and the features are purely user CAL driven.

    In short, I am designing this solution for a medium size enterprise and I am concerned about high availability and then secondarily my ability to integrate Skype archiving into my on premise Exchange 2013 archiving. I have read things saying that Enterprise has different Front End pooling than Standard which doesn't make sense to me if there is only one server version. I want to run the recommended 3 Front End server solution but I'm not sure how this all works with my above questions on licensing.

    I also seemed to have difficulty in finding if there is any licensing requirement to do archiving to my Exchange environment so I would definitely appreciate some more info on that as well.

    Thanks everyone!

    Friday, April 8, 2016 3:37 PM

Answers

  • Let me know the below link resolve your query,

    http://www.lyncinsider.com/skype-for-business/licensing-for-skype-for-business-2015-the-details/


    - Muralidharan. Please mark as answer/useful if my contribution helps you.

    • Marked as answer by Brolide Friday, April 8, 2016 5:36 PM
    Friday, April 8, 2016 4:19 PM

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  • In short, I am designing this solution for a medium size enterprise and I am concerned about high availability and then secondarily my ability to integrate Skype archiving into my on premise Exchange 2013 archiving.

    The major thing you said you need high availability. but there is no High Availability in standard edition..

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj205305%28v=ocs.15%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396


    - Muralidharan. Please mark as answer/useful if my contribution helps you.

    Friday, April 8, 2016 3:54 PM
  • Most of the information which you might required.. 

    https://kb.intermedia.net/article/2245


    - Muralidharan. Please mark as answer/useful if my contribution helps you.

    Friday, April 8, 2016 3:54 PM
  • In short, I am designing this solution for a medium size enterprise and I am concerned about high availability and then secondarily my ability to integrate Skype archiving into my on premise Exchange 2013 archiving.

    The major thing you said you need high availability. but there is no High Availability in standard edition..

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj205305%28v=ocs.15%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396


    - Muralidharan. Please mark as answer/useful if my contribution helps you.

    Thanks for the reply, this partially answers my question. But what I want to confirm is that there are in fact two different server editions, Enterprise and Standrd in addition to two different types of CAL's? Or is this completely user CAL driven with only ONE available server edition? Does this make sense? Please let me know if I explained this coherently :)
    Friday, April 8, 2016 4:00 PM
  • Let me know the below link resolve your query,

    http://www.lyncinsider.com/skype-for-business/licensing-for-skype-for-business-2015-the-details/


    - Muralidharan. Please mark as answer/useful if my contribution helps you.

    • Marked as answer by Brolide Friday, April 8, 2016 5:36 PM
    Friday, April 8, 2016 4:19 PM