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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Syncing Active Directory Departments to Skype for Business Groups - Part I

One of the truly great things about our attendant console Bridge Operator Console (shameless plug) is it extends the visibility of users beyond just existing local Skype for Business users and the default search.

Example:  A call comes in and is answered by the operator, and the caller wishes to speak to someone in accounting about their bill.  They don't know who to talk to, and in a large organization the operator most likely wouldn't have memorized the names of the 500 people in the accounting department.  Worse without our console the search may yield something like this.




As you can see the search results will return 1 accounting users, since we only have 1 in our Skype for Business local groups.  It's not practical to have a user or worse, every user, trying to maintain the company directory in each of their locals clients, in fact there are limits that would prevent you from even trying to do so.

The Goal

The goal of this blog series is to design a simple standalone application that will.

1.  Allow the users to search active directory for departments matching on the search string
2.  Present the user with an interface to automatically create a local Skype for Business group from the users in this department

The Intended Use

This program will not be intended for front desk operators as we have already created the perfect program for them to accomplish this and much more, rather users who want to auto create and sync a group for the department they belong to, ie their peers.

When Finished

When this series and program are done, I intend to upload it to technet a free tool for the Skype for Business community.

Next week we will get started by laying out the screen, then we'll look at how to pull in the list of departments available in Active Directory.


Doug Routledge, C# Lync, Skype for Business, SQL, Exchange, UC Developer  BridgeOC
Twitter - @droutledge @ndbridge


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