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How to setup Skype for Business or Lync Server 2013 on-prem organization for Skype Meeting Broadcast


Hello Reader,

I will be writing series of blog post on Skype Meeting Broadcast. Starting with below article.

Setup Skype Meeting Broadcast using SfB Server 2015 / Lync Server 2013 On-Prem organization.

Assuming you have Skype for Business 2015 / Lync Server 2013 On-Prem environment and want to use Skype Meeting Broadcast.

What is the Skype Broadcast meeting?

Skype Meeting Broadcast is just another Skype for Business online meeting however these meetings hosted on dedicated pool server on Microsoft hosted dedicated infrastructure. Most important is attendee will get media stream that is close to their geographical location which reduce the network issues.

As per Microsoft Skype Meeting Broadcast allows organizations to host events for up to 10,000 people, and have them view the meeting online live via any browser. This feature enables you to schedule, produce, and broadcast meetings or events to large online audiences. Attendees can join from anywhere on any device, and engage in the meeting.

Office365 License requirement for Skype Meeting Broadcast:

Skype Meeting Broadcast is an online service that is part of Office 365. So you have to have one of the following licenses in order to use Skype Meeting Broadcast:

·        Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 (or 3).

·        Enterprise E1, E3, E4 or E5 - which contains the Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 license. 

You can browse this link to see Skype Meeting Broadcast included in license.

Step1: Provision your on-perm environment for Skype Meeting Broadcast.
1.     First Setup your On-Prem SfB/Lync environment as Hybrid using Office 365 tenant.

2.     On-premises customers must have established an online tenant and Sync your AD accounts to Office365 tenant using ADFS.

Note: You should configure directory sync to make user accounts and DL memberships available to the Skype for Business Azure Active Directory in order to enable user authentication and meeting authorization using group membership. Skype Meeting Broadcast producers cannot be enabled for modern authentication.

3.     Then assign appropriate license to user account who are going to schedule and present Skype Meeting broadcast (in my case I am assigning E3 and sublicense as Skype for Business Online ‎(Plan 2) to my users to use Skype Meeting Broadcast) 

Once you are seeing all you AD users and DL to O365 tenant then configure your on-premises Skype for Business / Lync Server 2013 environment for Skype Meeting Broadcast.  

Step2: Configure federation with Skype for Business online for Skype Meeting Broadcast.
1.     Start the Skype for Business Server Control Panel and select External Access on the left.

2.     Select SIP Federated Providers and click New.
3.     Configure the new provider with the following settings: 

Enable communications with this provider:
Selected
Provider name:
LyncOnlineResources
Access Edge service (FQDN):
sipfed.resources.lync.com
Default verification level:
Allow users to communicate with everyone using this provider.

Using Lync control Panel: Lync Server 2013 control Panel > Federation and External Access > SIP Federated Providers > New

Fill above information.

 


You can also enable federation with Skype for Business Online resources by running the following cmdlet in the Skype for Business Server Management Shell: 

New-CsHostingProvider -Identity LyncOnlineResources -ProxyFqdn sipfed.resources.lync.com -VerificationLevel AlwaysVerifiable -Enabled $True -EnabledSharedAddressSpace $True -HostsOCSUsers $True -IsLocal $False
4.     You need to add SIP Federated domains to the allowed domain list. These domains are for the regional data centers used in Skype for Business Online.

1.     Start the Skype for Business Server Control Panel and select External Access on the left.

2.     Select SIP Federated Domains and click New.

3.     For the Domain name (or FQDN):, enter the domain, repeating this procedure for each of the following domains:

o    noammeetings.lync.com

o    emeameetings.lync.com

o    apacmeetings.lync.com

o    resources.lync.com

You can also configure the external access for SIP federated domains by running the following cmdlets in the Skype for Business Server Management Shell:

o   New-CsAllowedDomain -Identity "noammeetings.lync.com"
o   New-CsAllowedDomain -Identity "emeameetings.lync.com"
o   New-CsAllowedDomain -Identity "apacmeetings.lync.com"
o   New-CsAllowedDomain -Identity "resources.lync.com" 

Step3: Now time to enable your Office365 Tenant for Skype Meeting Broadcast.
If you don’t enable your Skype Meeting Broadcast for EnableBroadcastMeeting then you may see below error when you schedule Skype Meeting Broadcast.

First make sure you open Windows PowerShell using Administrator permission. Then check the PowerShell execution policy and client authentication method. Here we are looking for “Basic = true”.

Below is the correct command with tenant name:

$cred = Get-Credential

 (In authentication windows bilag@mydomain.com and *************)

$o365session = New-CsOnlineSession –Credentials $cred –OverrideAdminDomain "mydomain.onmicrosoft.com"
Import-PSSession $O365Session
If you run command without tenant name then you will get error as below even your running this command using intranet or internet.

Now run the Get command to see the current configuration:

Get-CsBroadcastMeetingConfiguration

Verify that the parameter EnableBroadcastMeeting is set to False.

Set-CsBroadcastMeetingConfiguration –EnableBroadcastMeeting $True

Now make “EnableBroadcastMeeting” to true.

Note: After you make the changes it may take up to hour or so to take effect in the Skype Meeting Broadcast meeting portal.

After enabling Skype Meeting Broadcast option. You can schedule meeting

Thank you.

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