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Microsoft Skype for The Skype for Business Online, on-premises,

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Introduction to Skype for Business


Architectural Models
This series is intended for the IT Pro audience to raise awareness of the different fundamental architectural
models through which Skype for Business Online and Skype for Business on premises can be consumed . Start
with whichever configuration best suits your organization s needs and future plans. Consider and use others as
needed. For example, you might want to consider integration with Exchange and SharePoint or a solution that
takes advantage of Microsoft s Cloud PBX offering.

Three Architectural Models


Skype for Business Online You consume Skype for Business Skype for Business hybrid solutions You combine a Skype for
through a Software as a Service (SaaS) subscription model. Business Online subscription with your on-premises Skype for
Microsoft hosts your user accounts and manages your Skype for Business offering. You can incorporate Skype for Business Online
Business infrastructure. You can take advantage of Microsoft s services into your overall Skype for Business offering, start
cloud-hosted Private Branch Exchange (PBX) offerings and Public building SaaS management skills in your organization, and move
Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) Calling service. your Skype for Business users to the cloud at your own pace. You
can take advantage of Cloud PBX for your users who are homed
online while retaining your on-premises PSTN connectivity.
Skype for Business on premises You plan, deploy, maintain and
customize your Skype for Business environment in a datacenter that
you maintain.

Skype for

IT responsibilities IT Responsibility
Data governance &
Business Online Hybrid On premises

Skype for Business provides a rich set of capabilities no matter how you rights management
architect your deployment. The architecture you choose will determine which
Client endpoints
IT responsibilities you own, and which you pay Microsoft to support through
your subscription. Account & access
management
No matter which architecture is best for your organization, there are five core Identity and directory
responsibilities that you will always own: infrastructure

Network controls
Networking and connectivity Ensure network capacity and availability
through firewalls, proxy servers, gateways, and across WAN links by
Applications
performing a network assessment or by contracting with a partner to do
the assessment.
Operating system
Data governance & rights management Classify your sensitive data
and ensure it is protected and monitored wherever it is stored and while
it is in transit. Physical hosts

Client Endpoints Establish, measure, and enforce modern security


Physical network
standards on devices that are used to access your data and assets.

Account & access management Establish a profile for normal Physical datacenter
account activity and alert on unusual activity.

Identity - Use credentials secured by hardware or Multi-Factor


Authentication (MFA) for all identities.
Microsoft Customer

More Microsoft cloud IT architecture Microsoft cloud identity for Get your organization ready for
resources enterprise architects Office 365 Enterprise
information
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Skype for Business Online


Let Microsoft host your user accounts and manage your Skype for Business infrastructure.

Office 365 On premises


Gain efficiency and optimize for cost
Directory
with Office 365 multitenant plans
synchronization

Skype for
Business Online Active Directory Most enterprises will have an on-
Domain Services premises directory, which can be
Microsoft integrated and synchronized with the
Azure online directory.
Microsoft Azure Active
Directory Tenant

Overview Best for...


Take advantage of the reliable and flexible Unified Communications
Communication capabilities of Skype for Business Server as a
enabled by the Microsoft Cloud.
cloud-based service.
Simplify communications infrastructure, rollout, and adoption.
Software as a Service (SaaS); rich feature set is always up to date.
Reduce your IT costs and free up IT resources.
Microsoft hosts and manages the IT infrastructure; you manage
your information and users. Reduce the cost of infrastructure and hardware.
No operational burden of Skype for Business on-premises servers Automatic patching and rapid upgrade to new features.
or server software. Great for geographically-dispersed organizations or organizations
Includes a Microsoft Azure Active Directory tenant. with primarily mobile employees.
Client communication over the Internet is encrypted and
authenticated.
Take advantage of Microsoft-hosted Cloud PBX functionality.
Public switched telephone network (PSTN) connectivity available Licensing requirements
through Microsoft PSTN Calling service or third-party providers
(check availability for your area). Subscription model, no additional licenses needed.
Take advantage of Skype Meeting Broadcast.
Take advantage of PSTN conferencing.

Architecture tasks IT Pro tasks


Ensure network capacity and availability through firewalls, proxy Ensure you have a Microsoft Office 365 tenant with Skype for
servers, gateways, and across WAN links by performing a network Business Online enabled.
assessment or by contracting with a partner to do the assessment. Plan and implement internal and external DNS records and
Acquire third-party SSL certificates to provide enterprise-security routing.
for Office 365 service offerings. Configure your proxy or firewall for Office 365 IP address and
Decide if you want to connect to Office 365 with Internet Protocol URL requirements.
version 6 (IPv6). Administer user accounts and Skype for Business Online
If you have an existing on-premises directory, determine your settings.
directory integration and synchronization requirements. If you have an existing on-premises directory, implement your
directory integration and synchronization plan.

Get your organization ready for Set up Skype for Business


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Office 365 Enterprise Online
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Skype for Business on premises


Maintain complete control of your environment

On-premises

You own everything

You have control of the platform and


the solution, including connecting to
Skype for Business Active Directory
the Public Switched Telephone
front end pool Domain Services
Edge Server
Network (PSTN) and integrating with
Private Branch Exchanges (PBXs).

Storage Skype for


Business users

Overview Best for...


You own everything. Highly customized solutions.
Capacity planning and sizing. Legacy solutions with third-party components that depend on
Server acquisition and setup. hardware and software that are not supported by Skype for
Business Online. For example, Survivable Branch Appliance
Deployment. (SBA) configurations.
Scaling out, patching, and operations. Privacy restrictions that prevent synchronization of Windows
Backing up data. Active Directory accounts with Office 365.
Maintaining failover and disaster recovery. Organizations that desire control of the entire platform and
Connecting your Skype for Business Server infrastructure to the solution.
Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).
Integration with existing phone equipment, such as Private Branch
Exchanges (PBXs). Licensing requirements
Take advantage of PSTN conferencing.
Server Operating System
SQL Server
Architecture tasks

Skype for Business 2015 Server License
Skype for Business 2015 Client Access License
Design the Skype for Business environment in an existing on-premises
environment:
Plan the Skype for Business topology and networking for central and IT Pro tasks
branch offices.
Plan for server hardware, including virtualization. Deploy and manage the Skype for Business on-premises
environment:
Design integration with Windows Server Active Directory and DNS.
Provision servers.
Plan for load balancing for Skype for Business Server pools.
Deploy the Skype for Business topology.
Plan for failover and disaster recovery.
Update Skype for Business servers.
Add or remove topology servers as needed based on
utilization.
Implement the failover and disaster recovery environment.

Plan for your Skype for Requirements for your Skype


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Skype for Business hybrid configurations


Skype for Business supports several hybrid configurations, including integrating with Exchange Online and SharePoint
Online, and taking advantage of Microsoft Cloud PBX. This diagram shows how you can add Skype for Business Online into
your existing on-premises Skype for Business environment, allowing you to move users to the Cloud at your own pace.

Combine the benefits of Office 365


with an on-premises deployment
Office 365 On premises
of Skype for Business Server.

For information about other hybrid


Skype for solutions, including solutions that
Skype for Business
Business Online Edge Server
front end pool do not require a Skype for Business
server deployment, see Cloud PBX.
Microsoft
Azure
Microsoft Azure Active
Directory Tenant
For information about hybrid
solutions with Exchange and
Active Directory Directory
Domain Services synchronization SharePoint, see Integration with
Exchange and SharePoint.

Overview Best for...


Some users are homed on premises and some users are homed Use Skype for Business Online for integration with
online, but the users share the same Session Initiation Protocol subsidiaries.
(SIP) domain, such as contoso.com. Facilitate a migration from Skype for Business on premises to
Take advantage of Microsoft-hosted Cloud PBX functionality for Skype for Business Online.
those users who are homed online. Support remote sites without using a branch office appliance.
Migrate from Skype for Business on premises to Skype for Easily add Skype for Business support for new business
Business Online over time, on your schedule. acquisitions.
Integrate with other Microsoft Office 365 applications, including
Exchange Online and SharePoint Online.
Integrate with Exchange and SharePoint.
Take advantage of Skype Meeting Broadcast. Licensing requirements
Take advantage of PSTN conferencing.
Office 365 Subscription model
On premises on-premises licenses
Architecture tasks
In addition to tasks for your on-premises environment:
IT Pro tasks
Plan and design identity management requirements, including In addition to tasks for your on-premises environment:
integrating on-premises identities with Office 365. Ensure you have a Microsoft Office 365 tenant with Skype for
Ensure network capacity and availability through firewalls, proxy Business Online enabled.
servers, gateways, and across WAN links by performing a network Implement the identity management plan.
assessment or by contracting with a partner to do the
assessment. Plan and implement internal and external DNS records and
routing.
Acquire third-party SSL certificates to provide enterprise-security
for Office 365 service offerings. Configure your proxy or firewall for Office 365 IP address and URL
requirements.
Decide if you want to connect to Office 365 with Internet Protocol
version 6 (IPv6). Administer user accounts and Skype for Business Online settings.
Determine how much feature integration with on-premises and Configure the proxy server device, if required.
online versions of Skype for Business, Exchange, and SharePoint is Configure the integration of features with on-premises and online
desired. versions of Exchange Server and SharePoint.
Determine which proxy server device will be used for requests
from Office 365.

Add Skype for Business Online into your Integrate your on-premises identities
More existing Skype for Business Server with Azure Active Directory
environment
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Cloud PBX
Enable call control and Private Branch Exchange (PBX) capabilities in the Office 365 Cloud with Skype for Business
Online. If you choose a Skype for Business Online or hybrid solution, you can take advantage of Cloud PBX.

Cloud PBX with PSTN Calling


An all-in-the cloud offering that does not require an on-premises server deployment. Provides Microsoft-hosted Cloud PBX functionality
with an added PSTN Calling service that enables calling to landlines and mobile phones around the world (depending on the level of
service being licensed).

Office 365 including Skype for Business Online


Best if...
Your PBX does not offer unique features that you
need to retain.
PSTN Calling service is available in your region.
PSTN
Skype for Business Microsoft You want to use Microsoft-provided PSTN services.
Users Cloud PBX

Cloud PBX with on-premises PSTN connectivity provided by your Skype for Business Server
deployment
A hybrid offering that consists of a Skype for Business Server on-premises deployment modified for hybrid PSTN. Users in your
organization who are homed in the cloud can receive PBX services from the Microsoft cloud, but PSTN connectivity is provided through
Enterprise Voice on your on-premises Skype for Business Server deployment.

On-premises Office 365 including Skype for Best if...


Business Online
Your PBX does not offer unique features that
you need to retain.
PSTN Calling service is not available in your
Skype for Existing PBX or Skype for Skype for
Business Users
Microsoft region.
Telco gateway Business Server Business Users Cloud PBX
You have an existing Lync or Skype for Business
Server deployment.
PSTN

Cloud PBX with on-premises PSTN connectivity provided by Skype for Business Cloud
Connector Edition
A hybrid offering that consists of a set of packaged Virtual Machines (VMs) that implement on-premises PSTN connectivity. By deploying
a minimal Skype for Business Server topology in a virtualized environment, users in your organization who are homed in the cloud can
receive PBX services from the Microsoft cloud, but PSTN connectivity is provided through the existing on-premises voice infrastructure.

On-premises Office 365 including Skype for Best if...


Business Online Your PBX does not offer unique features that
you need to retain.
PSTN Calling service is not available in your
Existing PBX or Skype for Business Skype for Microsoft region.
Telco gateway Cloud Connector Business Users Cloud PBX
You do not have an existing Lync or Skype for
Business Server deployment.
PSTN

Plan Cloud PBX with on- Plan for Skype for Business
More Plan your Cloud PBX solution
premises PSTN connectivity Cloud Connector Edition
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Integration with Exchange and SharePoint

Skype for Business Server with Exchange Online and SharePoint Online

Advantages
Office 365 On premises Use the full feature set of Skype for Business Server.
Leverage your existing on-premises phone equipment, such
as PBXs.
Skype for Business Use Exchange Online for email, off-loading the burden of
Exchange Online Server on-premises email servers and storage.
Edge Server Use SharePoint Online for collaboration, off-loading the
burden of maintaining on-premises SharePoint servers.
Use Skype for Business, Exchange, and SharePoint
SharePoint Online
integrated features, including Unified Messaging (UM) in
Office 365.

Exchange Server with Skype for Business Online

Office 365 On premises


Advantages
Leverage your existing Exchange infrastructure.
Use Skype for Business Online for presence, IM, and
conferencing capabilities.
Exchange Server
Skype for
Business Online

Skype for Business Server with Exchange Server

On premises
Advantages
Unified presence information.
Unified contact store.
Unified messaging integration.
Exchange Server Integrated archiving.
Integrated search of archived content.

Skype for Business


Server

More Integrate Skype for Business More


Integrate Skype for Business
and Exchange and SharePoint
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