Skype Admin Tools: LURIA 2.0

Back in 2014 I released a tool named LURIA designed to lookup assigned numbers and policies for Lync\Skype objects. You can find the original HERE.

Once the CSMeeting cmdlet was introduced it became clear that I needed an update. So why has it taken so long? Simply because I wanted to introduce the ability to EDIT the looked up items directly in the Data Grid.

LURIA

So what’s new in V2.0?

With LURIA 2.0 it’s possible to edit items on mass. I have included the editing of the following fields in the grid view:-

  • SIP Address
  • Line Uri
  • Dial Plan
  • Voice Policy
  • Conference Policy
  • Location Policy
  • Client Policy
  • External Access Policy
  • Mobility Policy
  • PIN Policy
  • Hosted Voicemail Policy

Another new addition is the ability to open the grid view as a .csv

How does it work?

  1. Fire up LURIA V2.x.x.exe (current version needs Skype Admin Tools installed)2.0.8
  2. Click on the Load button (depending on how many entries are found this could take a few seconds. My direct access connection to the office with around 500 entries takes under 15 seconds). You may get a Not Responding notice, if so please be patient..
  3. Search for the entry you are looking for
  4. Edit as needed (currently a tab is needed to register edited info)
  5. Click Commit, the displayed data now represents only the changes fields
  6. You could load up again by clicking the Load button (please remember that it can take some seconds before the committed changes are ready, I usually wait 10 seconds before Loading again)

Requirements

Currently you will need Skype Admin Tools installed to run LURIA

Download Luria 2.0 from HERE

What’s next?

  • Looking to add an option to add new users individually as well as from a .csv import
  • Will be adding a remote PowerShell Connect option

I am looking for feedback and suggestions on improvements, happy to hear from you.

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Skype Federation Search Stops Working – Event ID 62044

Issue

The Skype Federation search stops working after a DMZ move of the Edge server. IP addresses (both internal and external) have changed due to moving to new DMZ & internet connectivity. The changes were published to the Topology and everything else appears to be working fine.

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Investigating

The Front End shows the following Event ID 62044 error. Of course this Event ID eludes to the underlying cause, network or configuration. Both have already been double checked, moving on to collecting more details.

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No evidence on the Edge Servers logs at all.

Resolution

Right, so to recap, the Front End believes its network or configuration, I have confirmed that its neither. Mm..When in doubt, reboot.. right? Well in this case it was turn off- turn on.

Disable Skype federation on edge server in topology, publish. Run Setup on edge server.

Re-enable Skype federation on edge server in topology, publish. Run Setup on edge server.

Edge server logs this:

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A quick peek at the Front End now shows that the Skype Proxy configuration is us and running

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and confirmation the issue has now been resolved5

Skype search back in business!

Sorted..

 

 

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Review: Jabra Speak 710

There is a lot of competition in the small speaker phone range these days. Initially it was all about size and audio quality, but today we find that new features, extending use cases as well as aesthetics, is what driving popularity of these little gems.

The Jabra Speak 710 is no exception. The usual default expectations are that its light weight, portable and just works. Aesthetically the Jabra Speak 510 (the 710’s predecessor) has always been appealing. It would be challenging to improve on this, however Jabra have done well in adding a mixture of metal to the plastic housing improving its appeal. More importantly, I think (IMHO) that the metal covered speaker has reduced the likelihood of audio vibration\distortion you might expect with an all plastic unit.

The arrangement of function buttons and status\indicator LED’s in a circular pattern around the unit perimeter has always caught my eye.

Simply a beautiful design.

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Pros

My favorite features include:-

  • The combined metal\plastic finish, both beautiful and solid
  • The kick stand that tucks away very well (also metal improving robustness)
  • Dedicated Bluetooth Dongle slot below the unit (this was my biggest concern – I have lost a few of these little suckers in the past)
  • Its the only Touch-based control interface (no physical buttons) in this range and also boasts backlit buttons which are auto dimming when in use
  • Smart Button to activate my mobile phone voice assistant (Compatible with Siri, Cortana and Google Now)
  • A new link button allowing you to pair two units together via Bluetooth to create larger coverage and a much richer audio experience, and yes its stereo.
  • I like how the USB cable wraps around the unit, out of the way, neat and tidy. Hate looking for bits when getting setup
  • Connect via Bluetooth or USB (great when power is low on the unit)
  • Bluetooth will connect to two devices simultaneously (in my case, my iPhone and PC)
  • I like how the device announces that its connected (and connects automatically when I plug the dongle in to my PC – no guessing if its connected or not). That said, I’d like to see controls where this can be turned off
  • Ridiculous Bluetooth range, my test was a tad further than the Jabra stated 30 meters. Only started glitching at about 34 meters
  • Superior sound quality! Not only is it very noticeably better than the 510, but I found it to be better than both the Plantronics and Sennheiser equivalents (and that’s before pairing two together)
  • Good for listening to music, again two paired units took this to a whole new level
  • When listening to music and a call comes in, music is automatically paused. Also resumes automatically when the call completes
  • 12 person Con call by pairing two 710s or 6 with a single unit
  • Microphone quality is noticeably improved from the days of the 510 (arguably the best in this range of small form factor devices

Cons

  • The output base is slightly low when listening to music
  • Cost, at around NZ$518 its not cheap, that’s almost twice the price of the 510 at NZ$273, considering the improved quality its still well worth the purchase
  • No 3.5mm jack (for those days when Bluetooth just isn’t playing nice). This feature was present in the 510 but has been dropped
  • USB Cable is attached to device (same as the 510),this  increases the risk of cable damage with movement. Would love to see a detachable cable

In Conclusion

What got my attention was the ability to daisy chain the Jabra Speak 710’s. Typically device daisy chaining is by means of cables, although that’s considered more reliable, its untidy and makes the hardware look like a last minute slap together. The Jabra Speak 710 however has that elegant boardroom device look and feel. Dare I say, it looks expensive.

Overall, this is an outstanding device and I believe that its become a real contender to the “Spider”  conference phone ranges. A new baseline has been set, well done Jabra!

References

http://www.jabra.co.nz/Business/speakerphones/jabra-speak-series/jabra-speak-710

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