Deploying Skype for Business 2015 Standard Edition

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Solution Overview
Microsoft's Skype for Business architecture provides calling, chat, presence, and many other collaboration features for Microsoft Enterprise customers.  The solution, while feature-rich, can be complicated to configure.  This lab provides students the ability to configure and test an on-premise Skype for Business system, leading them through the components and configuration needed to build a functional Microsoft Collaboration system.  

This lab is ideal for anyone considering the implementation of a Microsoft Collaboration system.  It is also relevant to anyone integrating other collaboration systems into a Microsoft ecosystem.  This engineering lab will take 24 hours total to complete.  Once the lab is complete you will have a working Skype for Business environment that you may use for testing other features and functionality, which you may not be able to otherwise do in your production environment.

Goals & Objectives

This lab will help with the following objectives in a Microsoft collaboration environment:
  • Deploy and configure Skype for Business Standard Edition
  • Deploy and configure Microsoft Exchange
  • Integrate Outlook Web Access (OWA) and Microsoft Skype Business
  • Configure Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging for voicemail and IVR functionality
  • Deploy and Configure Office Web Application Server
  • Deploy and Configure Single Sign On (SSO)
  • Deploy and Configure Microsoft Skype Edge Server
  • Deploy and Configure Web Application Proxy
  • Deploy and Configure Persistent Chat
  • Deploy and Configure Video Interoperability Server

Hardware & Software

The lab consist of the following components:
  • Active Directory Domain Services (AD-DS)
  • Active Directory Federation Services (AD-FS)
  • Exchange Server 2013
  • SQL Server 2014
  • Web Application Proxy
  • Office Web Application Server
  • Skype Clients
  • Skype Edge
  • Skype Front End
  • Skype Persistent Chat
  • Skype Video Interoperability Server