Configure add-ins for Persistent Chat rooms in Skype for Business Server 2015

Summary: Learn how to configure add-ins for Persistent Chat Server chat rooms in Skype for Business Server 2015.

Add-ins are used to extend the in-room experience by associating URLs with chat rooms. These URLs appear in the client conversation extensibility pane. A typical add-in might include a URL pointing to a Silverlight application that intercepts when a stock ticker is posted to a chat room, and shows the stock history in the extensibility pane. Other examples include embedding a OneNote 2013 URL in the chat room as an add-in to include some shared context, such as "Top of mind" or "Topic of the day."

Before users can see an add-in in the client, you must add the add-in to the list of registered add-ins, and chat room Managers or Creators need to associate rooms with the add-in.

Configure add-ins for chat rooms by using the Control Panel

To configure add-ins for chat rooms by using the Control Panel:

  1. From a user account that is assigned to the CsPersistentChatAdministrator or CsAdministrator role, log on to any computer in your internal deployment.

  2. From the Start menu, select the Skype for Business Server Control Panel or open a browser window, and then enter the Admin URL.

  3. In the left navigation bar, click Persistent Chat, and then click Add-in.

    For multiple Persistent Chat Server pool deployments, select the appropriate pool from the drop-down list.

  4. On the Add-in page, click New.

  5. In Select a Service, select the service corresponding to the Persistent Chat Server pool where you need to create the Add-in. Add-ins cannot be moved from one pool to another or shared between different pools.

  6. In New Add-in, do the following:

    • In Name, specify a name for the new add-in.

    • In URL, specify the URL to be associated with the add-in. URLs are limited to the http and https protocols.

  7. Click Commit.

Configure add-ins by using Windows PowerShell

You can configure add-ins for chat rooms by using the following Windows PowerShell cmdlets. For details about syntax, including all available parameters, see Skype for Business Server 2015 Management Shell.

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Cmdlet Description
New-CsPersistentChatAddin
Create a new add-in
Set-CsPersistentChatAddin
Configure settings for an existing add-in
Get-CsPersistentChatAddin
Retrieve information about add-ins
Remove-CsPersistentChatAddin
Remove an add-in

Create a new add-in

You can create a new Add-in by using the New-CsPersistentChatAddin cmdlet.

For example, the following command creates a new add-in (with the name ITPersistentChatAddin) for the pool atl-cs-001.contoso.com. The URL parameter and the parameter value http://atl-cs-001.contoso.com/itchat specify the location of the add-in's webpage:

New-CsPersistentChatAddin -Name "ITPersistentChatAddin" -PersistentChatPoolFqdn "atl-cs-001.contoso.com" -Url "http://atl-cs-001.contoso.com/itchat"

Configure settings for an existing add-in

You can configure settings for an existing add-in by using the Set-CsPersistentChatAddIn cmdlet. For example, the following command modifies the URL assigned to the Persistent Chat add-in ITPersistentChatAddin. In this case, the URL is changed to http://atl-cs-001.contoso.com/itchat2:

Set-CsPersistentChatAddin -Identity "atl-cs-001.contoso.com\ITPersistentChatAddin" -Url "http://atl-cs-001.contoso.com/itchat2"

Retrieve information about add-ins

You can get information about add-ins by using the Get-CsPersistentChatAddin cmdlet. For example, the following command returns information about all the Persistent Chat add-ins configured for use in the organization:

Get-CsPersistentChatAddin

Remove an add-in

You can remove an Add-in by using the Remove-CsPersistentChatAddIn cmdlet. For example, the following command removes the Persistent Chat add-in ITChatAddin found on the pool atl-cs-001.contoso.com:

Remove-CsPersistentChatAddin -Identity "atl-cs-001.contoso.com\ITChatAddin"