Note: Settings can take up to 24 hours to apply. Summary This setting will allow an organisation to customise the look and feel of the Teams app store (aka the Teams app catalogue) to a limited degree.
Settings The customize store policy is located in the Teams admin center -> Teams apps -> Customize store. This is a global setting and applies to all users.
The following customisation settings are currently available:
Customise organisation logo
The logo should be 240×60. It should be no larger than 5 MB. Supported file formats: .svg .png .jpg
Customise small logo
The logomark should be 32×32 pixels. It should be no larger than 5 MB. The supported formats are: .svg .png .jpg
Customise the background colour
For choose a picture: The background should be 1212×100 pixels. It should be no larger than 5 MB. The supported formats are: .svg .png .jpg
Note: This setting only applies to Teams meetings. Teams Live Event recording are still stored in Streams. Note: The policy change took about 4 hours to take effect in my tenant.
Description Ability to save Microsoft Teams meeting recordings to OneDrive for Business(ODfB) and SharePoint Online(SPO) for improved sharing capabilities, basic governance, automatic retention labels, go local, bring your own keys and, more that comes from recording video files and storing them in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. Road map feature ID: 67138 (rolling out)
Default behaviour By default new Teams meeting policies have the recording location set to Streams. The storage location of existing meeting policies will not be changed.
How to set meeting records to be saved to One Drive for Business and SharePoint Online This is a meeting policy setting and is not currently available in the Microsoft Teams admin center. So we’ll need to use PowerShell to change the setting.
Note: The Web Sign-in option only works for Skype for Business Online accounts.
Overview: Firmware versions tested: 188.8.131.5230 & 184.108.40.20689 Phone used for test: Polycom VVX 600
The following is a step by step guide on how to sign-in a Polycom VVX IP phone to Skype for Business Online using an account enabled for MFA.
The process is pretty painless and worked at the first time of trying, which is always nice.
The phone will also sign back in after a reboot/power outage.
Step by step guide
Click the “Sign In” button.
If you don’t see the screen, press the physical Home button and it will take you to the above screen.
You should have 3 options:
Select “Web Sign-in”:
The phone will display a code. The code is uniquely generated for each phone and each login attempt. Make a note of the code.
This was nice and straightforward. The two Dell R710 at the bottom, 3 Cisco switches, 2 Cisco Routers and 1 Synology NAS. Neatly stacked.
The next challenge was to get a network cable from the garage to the study.
I did consider using Wi-Fi or Ethernet over Power(EoP) however, I discounted both. Wi-Fi is too unreliable and when I’ve tried EoP in the past I got slow speeds and frequent disconnects.
So a good old fashioned cable was the solution. Three options for running the network cable:
Get in a professional to do the job – This wouldn’t have made a very interesting blog post…
Install a network socket in the wall and run a cable down the inside of the wall – prefered options
Drill a hole in the floor and run the cable through that – simplest.
So with Option 2 selected and a quick trip to B&Q, Wickes and Screwfix for supplies, I was ready to get started.
Step one was cutting the hole for the socket, to be honest, this is when things started to go wrong. There wasn’t enough clearance between the plasterboard and the breeze block wall to fit the socket. There also wasn’t enough room to actually drill a hole in the cavity between the plasterboard and breeze block wall.
With Option 2 a non-starter (well apart from the hole in wall :/), I started on option 3. This went surprisingly smoothly, I used a 25mm drill bit for the hole along with a drill extender to get all the way through. I then ran a section of plastic 24mm piping to line the hole and make it easier to replace the cable in the future. I fitted a mounting box to the garage ceiling to tidy up the hole. Finally, fitted some stick-on trunking to keep the cable out of the way.
Connection in the study:
Connection in the garage
Overall, pretty happy with how it all turned out and wasn’t as difficult as I expected.
Download and complete the Letter of Authorization (LoA) from the Microsoft site (see link above). Note: The “To” Carrier refers to your existing service provider or carrier.
Submit porting form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’ll receive a reply back in a few hours with your Port Order ID along with any questions.
Porting is accepted by Microsoft and submitted to the Losing Carrier.
Losing Carrier has 3 days to reject the request or issue a Firm Order Commitment (FOC) notice.
If accepted, the porting date is confirmed.
If rejected, engage in back and forth with Microsoft and Losing Carrier to get the information on the form correct.
One day after the FOC notice is received, the numbers will be available in the SfB Online Portal. They will have a status of “Transfer pending”. They can be allocated to users but inbound calling won’t work until the porting is complete.
Three days before the port is scheduled is the last chance to cancel the port.
On the porting day, at some point after the porting time, calls will start being directed to SfB users.
Once the port is confirmed, Microsoft will convert any user numbers to Service numbers.
Crack open a <beverage> and celebrate a job well done.
User experience during the porting window
During the porting window, there should be no disruption to calls.
Outbound calling from SfB will continue to work. Once the port is complete, CLI should automatically update to the new DDI number.
For inbound calling, at some point during the porting window calls will stop ringing on the old handset and start ringing on the SfB client.
Calls that are already established will continue until one party hangs up.
Based on my experience, the timeline for porting to Microsoft is very similar to other telecoms companies. And will look like the diagram below:
The process is also governed and regulated by OFCOM in the UK, so telcos are legally required to comply with valid requests.
Gotchas and lessoned learnt
The form doesn’t ask for it but you will need to provide either the Organisation ID or *.onmicrosoft.com domain.
The initial response from the porting team was good, we had the Port Order ID within 30 minutes of emailing in.
All numbers are ported in as user number and you can then convert select numbers to service numbers.
Pick a migration date at least 20 working days in the future.
3 days notice to cancel a request.
Numbers are available in the SfB Online portal once the losing carrier has accepted the request. They have a status of “Transfer Approved”. You can assign them to users at this point, however, inbound calling won’t work till the agreed port day.
Converting from a User number to a Service number takes 20 minutes, can only be done once the port is complete and does involve the number being out of service while being converted.
Finding your onmicrosoft.com domain
The organization ID can be found from the Azure Active Directory Admin Center -> Azure Active Directory -> Custom domain names.
From the list search of the <>.onmicrosoft.com entry.
Once you are connected to Azure ID run Get-MsolDomain and look for the <domain>.onmicrosoft.com entry
Finding your Organisation ID
Third Party Website
Some kind folks have built a website that will find your Org ID for you: Link Simply enter your office 365 domain and it will display the Org ID. The site uses OpenID Connect which is an identity layer that sits on top of OAuth 2.0.
The organization ID can be found from the Azure Active Directory Admin Center -> Azure Active Directory -> Properties -> Directory ID.
It looks like a GUID type string. EG. a3gbd34b-14bd-5304-c380-774f60aa533b
Part 2 of the build – The enclosure. As mentioned in the design and planning post, the LackRack looks like a good option being cheap and easy to build/assemble.
Normally a LackRack is built using the Lack Table (55cm x 55cm). This is perfect for 1/2 length (~35cm) equipment. However, I will be using full-length servers in the lab so the Lack Coffee Table (55cm x 90cm) gave me the extra length required to completely enclose the equipment.
Assemble 1 x Lack Coffee table without the shelf (bottom)
Assemble 1 x Lack Coffee table without the shelf (top)
Use the chisel and hammer to remove the stoppers from the bottom of each leg.
When this doesn’t work.. apply saw to the offending leg.
Cut 4 x 80cm posts.
Insert one post into each of the legs of the bottom table.
Hammer down each post to make sure it is fully inserted.
Fit top table into the top of the posts.
Pull down on the top table to make ensure each post is completely inserted into each leg.
Add the shelf to the top table.
And as a special “treat” I recorded the process: Video (sorry about the overexposure).
Overal, I am happy with the final result. Assembly was straightforward and resulted in a cheap enclosure for the lab equipment.
Below is a list of things I learnt from the project or would do differently if I repeated the project:
The thickness of the plywood stopper in each leg varied a lot. Of the 8 legs I “opened”, 6 had a 1cm stoppers and were easily removed with the chisel and hammer. 2 had a 4cm stoppers. For the 4cm stoppers, I had to cut off the bottom of the legs to remove them.
Each leg had a 2nd big stopper about 1/2 way up the leg. I didn’t remove these so the support posts wouldn’t fit totally inside the legs and where visible in the final product. Not a huge deal for me and luckily meant the top of the rack was at the ideal height for a monitor and keyboard. The rack ended up standing 135cm tall.
Add the shelf to the top tables. I hadn’t initially planned to do this but it ended up being really useful for storing cables and boxes.
If you cut the posts to 35cm (rather than 80cm) the posts should be fully enclosed in the legs and look a bit nicer.
So there you have it, one LackRack assembled and installed.
As with any project, it’s always a good idea to set out the purpose and objectives.
To provide an environment I can use to explore Skype for Business and the supporting technologies(SBCs, IP Phones, SQL, Exchange, etc). Also as an environment I can use to test specific scenarios and replicate customer environments and issues.
Build a two host VMware environment with vCentre for management.
Build a multi-VLAN network based on Cisco switches and routers.
Build a LackRack
Build Windows environment (ADDS, DNS, DHCP, PKI, SQL, Exchange etc.).
Install and configure SfB.
Install and configure PfSense Firewall, Kemp HLB, AudioCodes SBC and AudioCodes MP114 (analogue gateway).
Rack, power and cabling
After some searching I came across LackRack. Looks like an interesting (and cheap) solution. I’ll be using the Lack Coffee table for the extra length.
My “secure data centre location” aka the garage already has power, so that’s nice and easy.
Cabling – I need to get a physical network cable run between the study (1st floor) and garage (directly below). Erm.. drill a hole in the ceiling? I’ll consult with a sparky about this to avoid property damage…
Pretty basic network, using a pair Cisco C3750 and a 1841 Router. Currently planning to include 4 virtual networks:
Server VLAN – Virtual servers and appliances.
Client VLAN – Physical clients and IP phones.
Internal DMZ VLAN- SfB Edge int interfaces and reverse proxy.
I also plan to add a firewall (probably a PfSense) once the VMware environment is up and running.
This should allow me to test most scenarios and also gives me an excuse to finally learn Cisco networking.
The VMware layer will be based on two Dell R710 (2x X5650 2.66GHz 96GB) from eBay. They should be ESXi ready. So hopefully the install will be straight forward. Once the hosts are built, I plan to install vCenter as the first virtual machine.
The VM data store will be hosted on my existing Synlogy DS1515+. Planning to try out iSCSI as the access protocol.
All the other bits
Once I have the network and VMware environments installed and working, I’ll do a seperate post detailing the design of ADDS, DNS, DHCP, Exchange, SfB and all the other things I want to test.
So there we go, part 1 of my plan for my home lab!