Friday, November 11, 2016

MsIgnite BRK3079 - Configure Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition with your SBC

Presented by Lasse Nordvik Wedø (@lawedo)
Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition (CCE) is a set of 4 virtual machines delivered as an appliance.

  • Active directory domain controller
    Holds Service pointers, Internal DNS used by CCE, Internal Certificates. This active directory do not share schema with your internal domains, it is separate and used by CCE only.
  • Skype for Business Edge Server
    The Edge server is a multihomed virtual machine that talks to the Internet on "the outside" and it must be able to use external public DNS from the Internet.
  • Skype for Business Mediation Server
    Terminates SIP trunks to/from the outside world (the SBC) and transcodes media.
  • Skype for Business Central Management Store
    Holds information on the Topology used by Mediation and Edge.
CCE can be seen as a gateway between Office 365 and your own PSTN connection. Please note that CCE does not contain a Skype for Business Registrar, i.e. it is not possible to home users in CCE.

The presentation continued with PowerShell demos on how to configure Office 365 for CCE, how to configure a user for PSTN access, how to configure a Sonus SBC with integrated CCE, number manipulation and mulitsite configuration.
Key commands:
Why should we use an Session Border Controller (SBC) together with CCE?
With a SBC we can connect multiple trunks to a single instance of CCE and we can also handle analog devices such as fax machines. We can do additional transcoding, SIP message manipulation, TLS connections, DTMF, reduce latency and DDoS protection just to name a few advantages. An SBC will also allow us to use an existing infrastructure (trunks) so that we can migrate smoothly and retain a carrier contract.

It takes about 75 minutes to get up and running with CCE on a Sonus appliance, compared to several hours if you chose to download the CCE software and install it manually.

Plan for Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition

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