Updating schedule information retrieving busy information from the server
That support arrived this past summer in the form of official Microsoft qualification of the Group Series platform for Skype for Business Online, as reflected on the Skype for Business Solutions Catalog.
The guidance in the previous on-premises-focused article is basically no different whether the Group Series is registering to Skype for Business .
Some details are the same when using the Group series with an on-premises Skype for Business 2015 Server deployment while others are different or unique to Office 365 registration (e.g. When official qualification and support was attained back in June the minimum required firmware version for support was release 6.1.1.
As of the posting of this article the latest Group Series software release is currently up to 6.1.4, although the more recent releases have not gone through the same qualification program.
This can easily be done by hardcoding the target server in the configuration. This Microsoft support article details the various DNS records published for Skype for Business Online which provide was returned.
Updating the firmware, enabling the required Options Key, most of the configuration, and validating the overall experience are the same.
That article should continue to be used to gain an in-depth understanding of the scenarios, where this shorter article will focus on the minor differences when registering a Group Series endpoint directly to Skype for Business Online.
As explained in that article the license is not required to successfully register to Skype for Business, but without it no other protocol or codec support is enabled, thus there would be no ability for the Group Series to handle video calls, meetings, content sharing, etc.
This is critical information when troubleshooting call failures on a registered system.
It would be a good idea to simply just commit this FQDN to memory at this point as this single hostname can be used to register any SIP client or device directly to Skype for Business Online from anywhere in the world.