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Deployment - IM and A/V & Web Conferencing

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  • Hey,

    We are looking at Skype for Business.  We cannot yet move to Office 365 as some of our internal apps need locally installed Office, and we need that everywhere, not just a handful of machines.

    So it would be an on-premise deployment for us.  For now, there would be no voice, we could keep our desk phones as the PBX is not yet anywhere near due replacement/retirement.  I'm not sure what's required though.  If you look at the Protocol Workloads PDF, it looks like you still need a million servers: Directors, Edge Pools, Front End Pools, Persistent Chat Server!!!!  Is that a requirement or recommendation?

    We are totally Microsoft.  We already have Exchange, SQL, Hyper-V etc. in place.

    Thanks!

    Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:16 PM

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  • For at least 5000 users, you will need on SFB stadnardserver, one Edgeserver for external connection and one server as Reverse proxy, that's all.

    But why you could not use Office 365? The Click to run installation of office, install a complete local office 2016 version.


    regards Holger Technical Specialist UC

    Thursday, March 16, 2017 1:30 PM
  • Hey,

    We are looking at Skype for Business.  We cannot yet move to Office 365 as some of our internal apps need locally installed Office, and we need that everywhere, not just a handful of machines.

    So it would be an on-premise deployment for us.  For now, there would be no voice, we could keep our desk phones as the PBX is not yet anywhere near due replacement/retirement.  I'm not sure what's required though.  If you look at the Protocol Workloads PDF, it looks like you still need a million servers: Directors, Edge Pools, Front End Pools, Persistent Chat Server!!!!  Is that a requirement or recommendation?

    We are totally Microsoft.  We already have Exchange, SQL, Hyper-V etc. in place.

    Thanks!

    Office 365 includes a locally installed version of Office 2016 as part of its ProPlus offerings.  I would check it out.  Starting from scratch, cloud is probably the way to go for SfB, and gives you a migration path for Exchange.

    Phillip

    Thursday, March 16, 2017 6:27 PM
  • Hi Lanky,

    Agree with Holger.

    As a supplement, if have more than 5000 users in your environment, you need to deploy SFB enterprise edition.
    You need also try to deploy Office Web App server which is used for PPT sharing

    And if you want to use SFB client o your mobile device, you need to deploy reverse proxy, we usually use ForeFront TMG and IIS ARR as reverse proxy for Skype for Business server.

    For Edge server and reverse proxy, you need to deploy them in the DMZ area.

    Regarding the Director server, the function of Director is authentication, SFB FE server has the same function so Director serer is not the required component

    The following document is for your reference
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn933893.aspx
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398069(v=ocs.15).aspx
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219455.aspx

    Hope all these information is helpful to you.


    Regards,

    Alice Wang


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    Friday, March 17, 2017 7:27 AM
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  • Hi,

    Thanks for the replies.

    We have 75 users, across 2 sites.

    Phillip, I've always understood Office 365 to have a max. of 5 locally installed clients - just checked, it's 5 installs per-user, not per Office 365 subscription.  Bit annoying you need corporate email to get Skype.  We will keep Exchange (and file data) on-prem for years yet.

    Monday, March 20, 2017 1:55 PM
  • Hi Lanky,
    According to your original post, you have mentioned that you want to deploy SFB on premise, and you only have 75 users, so you could deploy SFB standard edition

    Regards,

    Alice Wang


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    Thursday, March 23, 2017 8:55 AM
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