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Federation related problems as 3rd parties migrate to Teams

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Simon Barratt
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In Skye we federate with several domains. We have not licensed our users for Teams yet - we still use Skype.

 

Some our our federated partners have migrated to Teams and are now sending out Teams meeting invites to our users. However as our users are not licensed to use Teams yet they are unable to join the meeting. They get prompted to authenticate to join the meeting, but after authentication succeeds they are unable to go any further. No option to join the meeting.

 

This is not a problem with invites from non federated 3rd parties as they are anonymous.

 

Other that licensing our users (which we are not ready for) how can we fix this?

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Hi @Simon Barratt,

I guess that they could always call into the meeting however guessing here it is for presentations etc. And as you say licensing it out at the current time.

Have you asked the other organisations to try setting the meetings so everyone can

1.) Bypass the lobby

https://messageops.com/tech-tip-how-to-bypass-the-lobby-in-microsoft-teams/

2.) Join meetings anonymously - they would need to set this in their Teams Admin Centre

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/meeting-settings-in-teams
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ukprodandcomms/?p=2335

This should send users to the browser and not require authentication

Let me know how it goes!

Best, Chris
Why would you not license users for Teams? Long as you set your coexistence/ upgrade mode to Skype only. Your users will notice no difference in their setup. If they try using Teams for other than meetings they won’t have Teams to do anything with if you restrict group creation. Anyway. Just curious as to why you wouldn’t license!

Thanks for your suggestion @Christopher Hoard 

 

Unfortunately the 3rd party won't make the changes you suggested.

Thanks Chris. I'd not even considered the coexistence setting option. Testing now. This could be the way to go. Thanks for the idea.
If this works as you suggest then we would be ok licensing everyone.
Something to be aware of when licensing all your users for Teams - unless you have restricted who can create Office 365 Groups, then any licensed user would be able to create a new Team / Office 365 Group / Planner / SharePoint site, etc.
We have group creation locked down, so hopefully this will work for us.
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