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Skype for Business Server 2019

Update: 08.07.2019 – 2015 vs 2019 sheet updated (Virtualisation, AD and CQD). After reading Toms article PG confirmed there is currently no virtualization support for 2019.

Update: 10.11.2018 – 2019 Server Tools added

With the release of the Skype for Business Server 2019 I thought it would be the right time to write down what we know about the new SfB Server release.

The documentation for the 2019 release can be found here:

The session about Server 2019 during Ignite 2018 was called “BRK3229 – Everything you need to know about Skype for Business Server

A summary from Ignite 2018 from Jonathan McKinney with all the links can be found here:

SfB Server 2015 vs 2019


What’s deprecated

  • SQL Mirroring
  • XMPP Gateways and proxies
  • Persistent Chat. Interop Mode can provide PChat for a 2019 user with a 2015 Front End.
  • In-place upgrades – you must migrate side-by-side
  • Mobility Service (Mcx) – only relevant for legacy mobile clients
  • Integration with Exchange Online UM – Use Cloud Voicemail

SfB Server Standard Edition and the Director Role are still there. This has changed since the Ignite 2017 announcement.

New Features

Cloud Voicemail

Not really a new feature. It was already possible to use Exchange Online UM with SfB Server 2015. With SfB Server 2019 your users will get Azure Voicemail. Since Exchange 2019 has no UM role anymore, customers need to  use Cloud voicemail if they are on Exchange Server 2019.

  • Works with Exchange Server and Online mailboxes
  • Requires SfB Hybrid setup
  • SfB Server 2019 still works with Exchange 2013/2016 Exchange UM
  • If you are using Exchange UM and are planning to upgrade to Exchange 2019: Upgrade SfB server first then the mailbox.







Cloud Auto Attendant

Not really a new feature. It was already possible to use Cloud Auto Attendant with users hosted on SfB Server 2015. This functionality (AA) was located in Exchange UM and therefore this is the replacement of the functionality („Virtual receptionist“)

No Docs article yet for further details.

Call Data Connector

The On-Prem call analytics data – Quality of Experience (QoE) and Call Detail Recording (CDR) –  is send to an Office 365 service to leverage Call Analytics (CA) and Call Quality Dashboard (CQD) in Office 365 as shown in the diagram. This gives you the „single pane of glass“ for server and online call analytics data. It is also possible that the analytics data remains on-prem for 3rd party analytics products.







Migration to Teams

The Migration for SfB server users to Teams will be simplified. The user with his meetings and contacts will be moved to Teams (TeamsOnly). This feature will be availble with SfB Server 2019 and SfB Server 2015 CU8.

Move-CsUser -Identity “” -Target “” -MoveToTeams

Features coming with a later CU
  • SEFAUtil – PowerShell based
  • HTML5 based Modern Control Pane
  • Meetings in Cloud (Big Switch)
  • HA/DR: RGS included in backup
  • Cloud Call Queues

Changed requirements

  • CPU: All server roles require a “Intel Xeon E5-2673 v3 dual processor, 2.4GHz or higher, 6-core”
  • RAM: Front End and Backend Server requires now 64 GB RAM
  • OS: Windows Server 2016 only
  • SQL Backend: Microsoft SQL Server 2016/2017 Enterprise (64-bit edition) only


  • Max user pool capacity increased from 80k active users to 106k. This is achieved by having the option to have 16 Front-End server instead of 12.
  • A standalone Mediation Server can now handle 2000 (1500 with 2015) concurrent calls with hyper-threading enabled.


Upgrading to SfB Server 2019 is a side by side migration since in place upgrades are no longer supported.

Notes from the field

  • Silverlight is currently still there – this will change with a later CU
  • SFB 2019 Client is essentially the same as the current SfB 2016 C2R client
  • Set-CsFeatures.ps1 from Pat Richard includes SfB Server 2019 support
  • Cloud Voicemail does not require a license for the user. It requires at least one user on the correlant tenant with an Skype for Business Plan 2 or Teams license (activates the service in O365). Read the article from Mark Vale to get more details.

2019 Server Tools

Debugging Tools

Capacity Calculator

Key Health Indicators 

Management Pack

Call Quality Dashboard


UCMA 6.0 Runtime




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