Enable Skype Meeting Broadcast

Important

Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021. If you haven't upgraded your Skype for Business Online users to Microsoft Teams before that date, they will be automatically scheduled for an assisted upgrade. If you want to upgrade your organization to Teams yourself, we strongly recommend that you begin planning your upgrade path today. Remember that a successful upgrade aligns technical and user readiness, so be sure to leverage our upgrade guidance as you navigate your journey to Teams.

Important

Skype for Business Online is retiring on July 31, 2021, at which time access to the service will end. We encourage customers to begin the upgrade to Microsoft Teams, the core client for communications and teamwork in Microsoft 365.

Before the people in your organization can use Skype Meeting Broadcast, you need to enable it. To do this, you need to know how to use Windows PowerShell. If you don't know Windows PowerShell, consider hiring a Microsoft partner to do this step for you.

Note

The Microsoft Teams admin center has replaced the Skype for Business admin center (Legacy portal). All settings for managing Skype for Business are now in the Teams admin center. You must be assigned the Azure AD admin role of Global admin or Skype for Business admin to manage Skype for Business features in the Teams admin center. To learn more, see Manage Skype for Business settings in the Microsoft Teams admin center.

Enable Skype Meeting Broadcast using the Skype for Business admin center

An icon showing the Skype for Business logo. Using the Skype for Business admin center

  1. Sign in with your global admin account or Skype for Business admin account at https://portal.office.com/adminportal/home.

  2. In the admin center, go to Admin centers > Teams.

  3. In the Teams admin center, go to Legacy portal > Online meetings > Broadcast meetings, and then select Enable Skype Meeting Broadcast.

Enable Skype Meeting Broadcast using PowerShell

  1. Install the Teams PowerShell module.

  2. Open a Windows PowerShell command prompt and run the following commands:

    # When using Teams PowerShell Module
    
    Import-Module MicrosoftTeams
    $userCredential = Get-Credential
    Connect-MicrosoftTeams -Credential $userCredential
    
  3. Confirm your current Skype Meeting Broadcast configuration by running:

    Get-CsBroadcastMeetingConfiguration
    

    Verify that the parameter EnableBroadcastMeeting is set to False.

    Skype Meeting Broadcast Enable Organization cmdlet.

  4. Enable Skype Meeting Broadcast for your organization by running:

    Set-CsBroadcastMeetingConfiguration -EnableBroadcastMeeting $True
    

    You can confirm that the setting is enabled by running Get-CsBroadcastMeetingConfiguration again.

    Skype Meeting Broadcast Enable Organization Cmdlet.

    Tip

    After you make the change, it may take up to an hour to take effect in the Skype Meeting Broadcast portal.

  5. Your users can now hold broadcast meetings with other users in your business. To get them started, point them to What is a Skype Meeting Broadcast?

Configure your network to broadcast meetings with external attendees

If you have a firewall, and you want to hold broadcasts with people outside of your business (who are not a federated business), you need to configure your network using these instructions: Set up your network for Skype Meeting Broadcast.

If you aren't experienced with configuring your firewall, consider hiring a Microsoft partner to do this step for you.

To skip this step and instead add another business to your federation, see Allow users to contact external Skype for Business users.

An introduction to Windows PowerShell and Skype for Business Online

Set up Skype for Business Online