Skype 4 Business

A while ago my, Skype for Business Client on my Mac was unable to connect while I was in the Office. So I switched to our Guest Wifi and did some check (because it’s always the Firewall, and the guest network is nearly open – That is an insider, sorry!) and it just worked fine.

After joining our regular network again, the Client stopped working, on WiFi and Ethernet. The Firewall logs didn’t show anything useful. The Skype Logs itself pointed me to the right direction: Connection issues!

So I started to dig deeper and checked all the hosts Skype for Business tries to reach from the command line (Curl is your best friend in such cases). Tools like Wireshark could do the same job.

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Microsoft Teams Logo

Last year we announced plans for Microsoft Teams to become the primary client for Intelligent Communications in Office 365, replacing Skype for Business Online over time. Today, we are pleased to announce we have completed our roadmap for bringing Skype for Business Online features and functionality into Teams, and Teams is ready to meet your messaging, meeting and calling needs.

The Article sounds great, and Microsoft Teams is a very good solution! But a few things are (still) missing!

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A while ago, I published the reworked script to get Office 365 URLs and IP address ranges. Microsoft has built a new fully rest full Webservice to get the same information via JSON instead of XML.
The only drawback of the new service: If you like to use it for a single produce, you need to filter after you have downloaded the information. The product sets are limited.

However, there are a lot of examples in the new script, these examples show you how, where, and what to filter.

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I use a lot of PowerShell Modules. Some of them are deployed via a Build Server, so I get a lot of test builds! All of them have a new version tag, which is good. And I also use a lot of Modules from the PowerShell Gallery; some of them are updated frequently.

So my Systems ended up with a lot of older versions for several modules.

Manually removal is something I don’t like… So I started to search for something that removes all older versions at once, so my system has just the latest and greatest version of each Module left.

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Microsoft and GitGub

Since a few days, there are a lot of rumors that Microsoft is in talks to acquire GitHub. These rumors heated up on Sunday, where the first reports appeared, that the deal is done and that the coding site was acquired by the software giant from Redmond.

The news started two things:

  1. Twitter goes wild with a lot of negative tweets
  2. Many projects immediately started to flee towards GitLab

Honestly I’m still wondering why there is so much hate involved and why so many try to escape from GitHub. Wake up and smell the Coffee! If Microsoft acquires GitHub, nothing will change short term! Don’t panic…

GitLab did the right thing and send a congratulations message towards GitHub. And if you see how many projects moved since yesterday, that might be the best that could happen to GitLab. At least from the marketing perspective.

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