Active Roles 7.3.3 - Skype for Business Server User Management Administration Guide

Connection to Lync Server

Connection to Skype for Business Server

To administer Skype for Business Server users, Active Roles requires a connection to a computer running the following server role in your Skype for Business Server deployment: Front End Server (in case of Skype for Business Server Enterprise Edition) or Standard Edition Server. The computer must be from an Active Directory domain that is registered with Active Roles as a managed domain. By using the Server policy setting, you can specify how you want Active Roles to select a Skype for Business Server computer:

  • Connect to any available server  With this option, Active Roles attempts to connect to any Front End Server or Standard Edition Server that runs the Central Management Server in your Skype for Business Server deployment. If no Central Management Server role holders are available in the managed domains, then Active Roles attempts to connect to the first Front End Server or Standard Edition Server found in the managed domains.
  • Connect to these servers only  This option allows you to configure a list from which you want Active Roles to select a Skype for Business Server computer. You can:
    • Add or remove computers from the list. Active Roles searches the managed domains for computers running the appropriate Skype for Business Server role, allowing you to select the desired computers.
    • Set the default computer. Active Roles first attempts to connect to that computer.
    • Reorder the list. Active Roles first attempts to connect to computers that are higher in the list.

Note that at least one of your Active Directory domains that hold computers running the Front End Server or Standard Edition Server must be registered with Active Roles as a managed domain. Otherwise, Active Roles is unable to discover your Skype for Business Server deployment, so Skype for Business Server User Management functions are unavailable.

SIP user name generation rule

SIP user name generation rule

The SIP User Name policy setting allows you to configure a rule for generating the SIP user name based on other properties of the user account. When adding a new Skype for Business Server user, Active Roles uses that rule to generate the SIP user name on the Web Interface page for enabling users for Skype for Business Server. The rule has an effect if you select the SIP address option that provides for entering a SIP user name. On the page where you edit Skype for Business Server users, the rule performs a validation function, preventing changes to the SIP user name that violate the rule.

To configure a rule, you set up a value that acts as a template for the SIP user name. You can add one or more entries to the value, with each entry representing one of the following:

  • Text  A text string. You can type the desired text when adding the entry.
  • User Property  A particular property of the user account. You can choose the desired property and specify whether you want the entry to include the entire property or a part of the property.
  • Parent OU Property  A particular property of the Organizational Unit that holds the user account. You can choose the desired property and specify whether you want the entry to include the entire property or a part of the property.
  • Parent Domain Property  A particular property of the Active Directory domain that holds the user account. You can choose the desired property and specify whether you want the entry to include the entire property or a part of the property.

The rule sets the SIP user name to the string value obtained by calculating each entry and then concatenating the calculation results so that they form a single string value.

By default, the policy allows the generated name to be modified. The SIP User Name policy setting provides the option to prevent changing the generated name. If you select that option, the SIP user name is read-only on the Web Interface page for enabling users for Skype for Business Server.

SIP domain restriction rule

SIP domain restriction rule

The SIP Domain policy setting allows you to configure a rule that restricts selection of a SIP domain for the user SIP address. When you add a new Skype for Business Server user or edit an existing Skype for Business Server user, this rule determines the list from which you can select a SIP domain for the user’s SIP address. In case of adding a new Skype for Business Server user, the rule applies to any SIP address option that involves selecting a SIP domain from the list.

To configure a rule, you choose one of these policy options:

  • Allow selection of any SIP domain  With this option, the policy does not restrict the list of SIP domains.
  • Restrict selection to these SIP domains  This option allows you to configure a list of acceptable SIP domains. You can:
    • Add or remove SIP domains from the list. Active Roles identifies all SIP domains that exist in your Skype for Business Server deployment, allowing you to select the desired SIP domains.
    • Set the default SIP domain. When creating a SIP address, Active Roles selects the specified SIP domain by default.
    • Reorder the list. When prompting to select a SIP domain for a user’s SIP address, Active Roles lists the SIP domain names in the order specified.

Pool restriction rule

Pool restriction rule

The Pool policy setting allows you to configure a rule that restricts selection of an Enterprise Edition Front End pool or Standard Edition server to which Skype for Business Server users can be assigned. When you add a new Skype for Business Server user, this rule determines the list from which you can select a pool for the new user. When you move a Skype for Business Server user from one pool to another, this rule determines the list from which you can select the destination pool.

To configure a rule, you choose one of these policy options:

  • Allow selection of any pool  With this option, the policy does not restrict the list of pools.
  • Restrict selection to these pool  This option allows you to configure a list of acceptable pools. You can:
    • Add or remove pools from the list. Active Roles identifies all Front End pools and Standard Edition servers in your Skype for Business Server deployment, allowing you to select the desired pools or servers.
    • Set the default pool. When adding a new Skype for Business Server user or moving a user to another pool, Active Roles selects the specified pool by default.
    • Reorder the list. When prompting to select a pool, Active Roles lists the pools in the order specified.
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