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Networking for Skype for Business

  1. Wi-Fi
  2. Wired
  3. SDN

Wi-Fi for Skype for Business

Wi-Fi connectivity quality is a critical success factor for unified communications and user productivity. Microsoft understands the challenges of today’s business climate and the crippling effect that downtime, whether planned or otherwise, can have on organizations and employees. Communications downtime can have costly or even business ending consequences.

Planning for Skype for Business over WiFi

Visit this page to view the collective information to help you plan an optimal Skype for Business experience in a wireless world, along with a few success stories.

In partnership with device partners, Microsoft is proactively certifying Skype for Business over Wi-Fi to ensure that they meet Microsoft’s standards to take the Skype for Business wireless experience to new heights. We have certification for following Wi-Fi categories:

  • Access Point
  • Client Devices (PC)

Enterprises choosing Skype for Business certified Wi-Fi devices can be assured using best of breed products for your wireless Skype for Business experience.

Listed below are Wi-Fi infrastructure solutions that have been tested by these partners and reviewed by Microsoft to meet Skype for Business requirements. Lync qualified Wi-Fi access points will work with Skype for Business. It is recommended that you visit the partner’s web site for the latest information regarding product specifications, capacity, country support, and documentation including release notes and known issues. Please contact the listed partner for more information on these products.

Wi-Fi Infrastructure

VendorCertified ProductController UsedFirmware Version Tested
Aerohive NetworksAP350 & AP330 Access Points HiveOS 6.4r1
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise CompanyAP 204/205, AP 214/215, AP 224/225, AP 274/275 802.11acAruba Mobility Controller 3600AOS 6.4.2.0
Dual-Radio 802.11nAruba Mobility Controller 3600AOS 6.1.3.2
IAP 224/225, IAP 274/275 802.11ac
Dual-Radio 802.11n Instant Access Points
Virtual controller for Aruba Instant4.0.0.7
MSM430/MSM460/MSM466/MSM466-R and HP 425MSM720/MSM760/MSM765 zl/MSM775 zl Wireless LAN Controllers6.0.1.1
HP 560, HP 425, MSM430/MSM460/MSM466/MSM466-RHP 830 8G3507P26
Cisco SystemsAironet 802.11nAIR-CT5508-K9SW 7.6
AP 2700, AP 3700, AP 1700, AP 1570 802.11ac5500/7500/8500/WiSM2AireOS 8.0.100.0
AP 2700, AP 3700, AP 1700, AP 1570 802.11ac3650/3850/5760IOS-XE 03.07.00E
Dell, Inc.W-AP204/205, W-AP214/215, W-AP224/225, W-AP274/275 802.11acDell Networking W-Series Mobility Controller W-3600AOS 6.4.2.0 and higher
Dual-Radio 802.11nDell Networking W-Series Mobility Controller W-3601AOS 6.1.3.2 and higher
W-IAP224/225, W-IAP274/275 802.11ac
Dual-Radio 802.11n Instant Access Points
Virtual controller for Dell Networking W-Series Instant4.0.0.7 and higher
Extreme NetworksIdentiFi Wireless Appliances and IdentiFi 802.11nIdentiFi V2110 Virtual Controller on Vmware9.01.01.0228
WS-AP3825e, WS-AP3825i, WS-AP3865 802.11acIdentiFi V2110 Virtual Controller on Vmware09.12.01.0067
AP3935e, AP3935i, AP3965e, AP3965i  
Juniper NetworksWLA532WLC880RMSS 8.0
Meru NetworksAP-322, AP-832, AP-822 802.11acMC-42006.1.2
Motorola Solutions802.11nNX9510WiNG 5.5.0.0
RuckusZoneFlex R500, R600, T300 802.11acZone Director 1200, 3000, 50009.9.0/0 build 118
802.11nSCG-200SCG 2.5

 

PC VendorCertified ProductDriver Version Tested
Dell, Inc.Lattitude E74506.30.223.262
LenovoT450, L450, T550, W550s, X1 Carbon, X250 




Wired for Skype for Business

Listed below are the network infrastructure solutions that have been tested by these partners and reviewed by Microsoft to meet Lync Server 2010 requirements. It is recommended that you visit the partner’s website for the latest information regarding product specifications, capacity, country support, and documentation including release notes and known issues. Please contact the listed partner for more information on these products.

For more information on optimizing Wi-Fi networks with Microsoft Lync, please see the white paper Network Planning, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting with Lync Server.

Wired Infrastructure

VendorQualification
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise CompanyS1500, S2500, and S3500 Mobility Access Switches
HP 2610, 2910al, 3500yl, 5400zl, 8200zl
BrocadeBrocade MLX, SX, ICX, VDX, 5120
Dell, Inc.

Dell Networking OS9.5 and higher with Dell Networking Switch Models:

S4810, S6000, S5000, S4820T, Z9500, Z9000, M I/0 aggregator, MXL 10/40 GbE

Dell Networking OS6.1.0.1 and higher with Dell Networking Switch Models:

N4064, N4064F, N4032, N4032F, N3048P, N3048, N3024P, N3024, N3024F, N2048P, N2048, N2024P, N2024, 8164, 8164F, 8132, 8132F

Extreme NetworksExtremeXOS 15.3.14
Juniper NetworksJuniper 10.2R2.11




SDN for Skype for Business

Skype for Business has been pioneering a whole new paradigm of software defined networks (SDN) called UC SDN, which lowers TCO while improving end-user experience. The guiding principles for UC SDN is improved visibility, control, automation, and agility.

For anyone deploying enterprise voice and/or video this evolution of networking enables a whole new paradigm shift for how end-user apps and networks effectively communicate machine-to-machine (M2M).

UC SDN allows Skype for Business to dynamically interact with the network to ensure that application-level quality and performance requirements can be met. The UC SDN program enables scenarios such as automating diagnostics, QoS and orchestration.

Listed below are SDN solutions certified for Skype for Business.

VendorCertified Product
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise CompanyWi-Fi, Network Optimizer
Arrow SystemsPrism OneView
DellWi-Fi
Extreme NetworksOneFabric Connect
IRPrognosis
Meru NetworksMeru Collaborator
NectarUC Diagnostics

All SDN solutions qualified on Lync 2013 will be considered certified for Skype for Business.