RealConnect Roster Behavior

June 20th, 2018 | Tags: ,

Just a quick post, I’m currently camped out at Microsoft and we’re executing the RealConnect on-premises certification for Skype for Business Server 2015. I had to rack my brains when I was asked about how we could:

  1. Remove a single VTC from a meeting via a Skype for Business client (without ejecting others)
  2. As an organizer end the meeting for all participants both Skype for Business users and VTCs

This can be enabled on the RealPresence Collaboration Server via a system flag and is the same flag used to enable the roster for individual VTC participants, specifically:

ENABLE_POLYCOM_EPS_IN_LYNC_ROSTER

This flag value can be specified as:

  1. ENABLE_CONSIDER_ORGANIZER  – enables VTCs within Skype for Business roster, conference organizers can disconnect individual VTCs and “ending the meeting” will result in both Skype for Business and VTCs being disconnected
  2. ENABLE_IGNORE_ORGANIZER  – enables VTCs within Skype for Business roster, conference organizers cannot disconnect individual VTCs and “ending the meeting” will not result VTCs being disconnected
  3. DISABLED – disables VTCs from being displayed within the roster (only cascaded link is shown)
  4. <BLANK> this will result in the same behavior as ENABLE_CONSIDER_ORGANIZER

It’s also documented that VTCs can also be prefixed to help identify them versus Skype for Business participants by updating the system flag POLYCOM_EPS_DISPLAY_NAME_PREFIX_IN_LYNC_ROSTER, I usually set this value to “VTC/” (without the quotes)