Step by Step: Enabling Lync 2013-Skype federation



It's a simple process mainly involving three steps.

Step 1: Provision your Lync environment for Public IM Connectivity (PIC).

Note : You are not required to complete the step you are already provisioned for Public IM Connectivity. Which means if users in your environment already communicate with Yahoo, MSN and AOL. Otherwise you need to follow these steps.

  1. Sign in to the website, https://pic.lync.com, using your Microsoft Windows Live ID.
  2. Select the Microsoft licensing agreement type.
  3. Select the check box, verifying that you have read and accept the Product Use Rights for Lync Server.
  4. On the Initiate a Provisioning Request page, click the link to initiate a provisioning request.
  5. On the Specify Provisioning Information page, enter the Access Edge service FQDN. For example, accessedge.contoso.com.
  6. Enter the SIP domain names, and then click Add. The SIP domain and the Access Edge server must be active, functioning, and reachable on the network.
  7. In the list of Public IM Service providers, select Skype, and click Next to add contact information, and submit the provisioning request.
  8. After the provisioning request has been submitted, it can take up to 30 days for the account to activate and for users to be enabled for public IM connectivity.

Step 2: Prepare the Lync 2013 environment for Skype connectivity

Note : You are not required to complete the step you are already provisioned for Public IM Connectivity. Which means if users in your environment already communicate with Yahoo, MSN and AOL. Otherwise you need to follow these steps.

  1. Configure federation and PIC using Lync 2013 control panel. (Federation and External Access -> Access Edge Configuration)
  2. Configure policy to support federated user access using Lync 2013 control panel. (Federation and External Access -> External Access Policy)

Step 3: Re-create Messenger PIC provider

  1. Open the Lync Server Management Shell on the front end server
  2. Run the following commands.

Remove-CsPublicProvider -Identity Messenger

New-CsPublicProvider -Identity Skype -ProxyFqdn federation.messenger.msn.com -IconUrl "https://images.edge.messenger.live.com/Messenger_16x16.png" -VerificationLevel 2 -Enabled 1



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