What is the Pexip Skype for Business Gateway-as-a-Service?
Pexip’s Skype for Business Gateway-as-a-Service allows devices registered to the Pexip Cloud service to seamlessly join Skype for Business meetings. Users on Pexip and Skype for Business will both retain their native end-user experience. The Pexip Skype for Business Gateway-as-a-Service will also make direct point-to-point calls between Skype for Business clients and purpose-built videoconferencing devices registered on the Pexip service.
A requirement to use the Skype for Business Gateway service, will be that the devices must be registered on the Pexip service with Premium subscription.
The Pexip Skype for Business Gateway-as-a-Service connects Skype for Business environments with devices registered on the Videxio service.
These are the main user scenarios that will be supported in the first release:
- A Skype for Business user can call directly to a device registered on the Pexip service.
- A device registered on the Pexip service can call directly to a Skype for Business user.
- A device registered on the Pexip service can call into a Skype for Business meeting.
- A Skype for Business user can add a device registered on the Pexip service into an ongoing Skype for Business meeting.
What will the user experience be for a device registered on the Pexip service that has called into a Skype for Business meeting?
Users will see a filmstrip layout of 1 large speaker, with a single row of up to 4 thumbnails of other participants at a resolution optimized for the participant´s device.
Note: the limitation of up to 4 thumbnails is due to Skype for Business Meeting Server will only send a total of 5 individual participants.
What will be the user experience for a Skype for Business user?
Users will maintain a native Skype for Business meeting experience with a gallery video view of the participants.
Which purpose-built videoconferencing devices can call into a Skype for Business meeting?
The device must be registered on the Pexip service with Premium subscription.
Where is the Pexip Skype for Business Gateway-as-a-Service service hosted?
The service is hosted in Microsoft Azure Cloud for greatest compatibility and performance with Office 365.
How does a Skype for Business user invite/call a device on Pexip into a Skype for Business meeting?
- The device on the Pexip service should be in the Skype for Business contact list (via AD).
- Search for it, and add it to the meeting.
- The device must be invited by a meeting presenter/host.
- Please make sure that your Skype environment is federated towards the domain ms.videxio.com, unless you are running with an open federation policy.
Pexip does not recommend having regular users manually convert their SIP URIs on Pexip, however this is the process.
Example: If the SIP URI for the device on the Pexip service is:
The converted SIP URI for the Skype for Business client to dial would be:
How does a user dial from a device on the Pexip service into a Skype for Business meeting?
For this, the user would need a control application that can read the calendar invitation and convert the meeting link to a SIP URI. The following control applications can be used for that:
- Pexip app
- Existing room control system
- Synergy Sky Meeting Server
How to schedule a Skype for Business meeting to include a device or user on the Pexip service?
Schedule a new Skype for Business meeting in Microsoft Outlook through the normal workflow and add the required devices on the Pexip service to the meeting invitation. A prerequisite for this is that the VC systems are added to Microsoft Exchange as a Room resource.
How to dial directly from a Skype for Business user to a device or user on the Pexip service?
To be able to easily search for devices on the Pexip service in your Skype for Business client and add them to your local contact list. Just create the devices on the Pexip service as a normal user in AD. And set the attribute msRTCSIP-PrimaryUserAddress to the SIP address of the VC system. Then you can just look up the device in your local Skype for Business contact list and right click and click Start Video Call to make the call.
Note: there is a limitation in Microsoft when searching for the devices where the search string needs to contain the first word in the name. For example, if the name is "Room XYZ", searching for the second word, "XYZ", only will yield zero results. This should be considered when defining the naming standard.
How to dial directly from device on the Pexip service to a Skype for Business user?
This is straightforward. From the device on the Pexip service just dial the SIP URI of the Skype for Business user.
I am not able to share content from my video system into the Skype for Business meeting. What to do?
Make sure the video system participant has presenter rights in the Skype for Business meeting. In the Meeting Options, you can set the configuration “Who´s a presenter” to ´Anyone (no restrictions) ´. Or you can right click on the video system in the participant list in the Skype for Business conference and select ´Make a Presenter´.
How to test and perform demos when you do not have a PREMIUM Endpoint Subscription available?
The best way to do this is to create a trial Premium subscription. Remember, you can’t create a trial subscription with the same name as an existing subscription. Thus, for i.e. email@example.com you would create a new trial subscription with a new video address, for example firstname.lastname@example.org. This way we avoid upgrading endpoints for 1 day, and creating billing issues and spending time on doing the upgrade and subsequent downgrade.