Skype Hybrid – Moving users via Skype Control Panel

Now that Skype for Business server has introduced the ability of migrating Online users I’d thought I’d see how the process works in my lab

Note: As I discovered, the same restrictions regarding management of Domain Admin/Protected group members applies here too, this means you get a nice error message if you try and use the Control Panel to move a Domain Administrator.

First we find our user

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After selecting the user, you follow the same procedure as if you are moving a user between pools, in this case you instead select the Move selected users to Skype for Business Online instead

Note: During testing I migrated a user homed on a Lync Pool straight to Skype Online without having to migrate to Skype For Business server first.

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Nice reminder that you need to have licensed the user first in the Office 365 portal, otherwise they won’t be able to sign inMoving Skype users 3

If you have not already signed into Office 365 from the Home section of the control panel you will be prompted to sign in before you can move the user(s)Moving Skype users 4

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Now we get the last confirmation promptMoving Skype users 7

Success!

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Here we can see the user has been moved, although still reporting as LyncOnline!Moving Skype users 9

When you try and edit the user in the on-premise control panel you see a similar screen to Lync

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Skype Hybrid – Connecting to Online

Skype for Business Server has brought in limited connectivity between on-premise hybrid deployments and their Skype Online counterparts via the Skype for Business Control Panel.

Now, on the home screen you have the option to log into Office 365, in Lync integration to Office 365 was via powershell only.

skype control panel

When you click sign in, you get prompted for username and password, which I like as Office 365 admin accounts may not be linked to on-premise accounts for single sign-on

skype online signin

And then you get confirmation

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You can change the account you’ve signed into if need be

skype control signed in

Skype online change account

Setting up Skype Hybrid is now possible from the control panel

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Now, my Lync 2013 deployment was already configured for Hybrid so all the checks passed, hopefully I’ll get screenshots from a new hybrid and will be able to update this

skype hybrid configured