Phone Replacement Project Update: Winter 2019

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One of the old phones to be replaced.

Progress continues on the Phone Replacement project.  This project replaces all of the faculty and staff phones throughout SMU and is comprised of multiple stages.  Although the project will not be completed until 2020, much of the preliminary work is occurring now, and we will schedule several pilot phone installations this summer. Following is the current status of each stage. Continue reading Phone Replacement Project Update: Winter 2019

Behind the Scenes: An update on the Phone Replacement Project

Now in our fourth month since the kickoff of the phone replacement project, we wanted to provide the university community an update on the progress. The current phone system at both Dallas and Plano campus locations has been active since the early 90’s. The phone replacement project will deliver new network-based phones to all SMU faculty and staff while modernizing aging campus infrastructure in support of the new phones and calling features. Continue reading Behind the Scenes: An update on the Phone Replacement Project

Phone Replacement Project In Flight

Skype for BusinessThe phone replacement project is now in flight. In June, OIT held a project kickoff meeting with our third-party support team, Integration Partners. The platform selected to replace our phones is Microsoft Skype for Business. Additionally, we will implement Anywhere365 for our call center technology solution.   Continue reading Phone Replacement Project In Flight

SMU Phone Replacement Project: Upgrading campus infrastructure and telephones

OIT has launched a project to replace the current campus telephone system in service for the last 25 years.

The current phone system has served the SMU Dallas and SMU Plano campus locations since the early 90’s, but it does not support SMU-in-Taos. Although the system is historically reliable and stable, it has become costly due to the steady rise in annual support and maintenance expenses. The need to lower overall operational costs is one of many factors driving system replacement. Continue reading SMU Phone Replacement Project: Upgrading campus infrastructure and telephones

Phone Replacement Project to Replace Old PBX Phones

Unified MessagingWith the recent completion of the Unified Messaging/Voice Mail Replacement project, OIT is now launching a long-term project to implement an updated phone system. The objective of the Phone Replacement Project is to replace the current campus telephone system (PBX), which has been in service for over 20 years.  Continue reading Phone Replacement Project to Replace Old PBX Phones

You Can Still Use Your Phone to Check Voicemail

Exchange Unified Messaging Tips & TricksAlthough many SMU users appreciate the ability to receive missed call notifications and voice mail recordings and transcriptions via their email, several users have expressed a preference for checking voicemail “on the phone,” including those in public settings who enjoy the added security of listening to personal messages using a handset or mobile phone. Here is how to use both: Continue reading You Can Still Use Your Phone to Check Voicemail

How to remove voice mail transcriptions from Unified Messaging Voice Mail

Exchange Unified Messaging Tips & Tricks
The new campus voice mail service (Exchange Unified Messaging) has a feature which provides text transcriptions of voice mail messages to the Inbox by default. The accuracy of these text transcriptions may suffer for callers with accents, or poor quality calls (e..g, cell phone callers with bad reception).

Voice Mail Preview isn't available for this message.We expect the accuracy of these transcriptions to improve when we upgrade the system within the coming months. However, some users may wish to opt out of text transcriptions and check their voice mail by either playing the audio attachment or by dialing into the system at extension 88673. Here is how to disable the transcription feature:

 

  1. Login to webmail.smu.edu. Click the gear icon, click Options, then click General, then click Voice Mail Preview.
    -or-
    Open Outlook, click File Manage Voice Mail.
  2. Under Voice Mail Preview, uncheck “Include preview text with voice messages I receive”.
  3. Click Save.
Updated 07/10/2017: Include updated instructions for the new system.

How to record a greeting for a secondary extension in Unified Messaging

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Some SMU users have multiple extensions assigned to their personal mailbox for Unified Messaging Voice Mail. The secondary extension could be a department number or resource phone. By default, the same voicemail message will be played for all extensions assigned to a mailbox.

Here is how to record a unique greeting for a secondary extension:

To get started:

In Microsoft Outlook: In Webmail:
  1. Click File -> Manage Voice Mail
  2. Log on via the web interface.
  3. Follow the instructions below.
  1. From Webmail, click Options -> See all Options.
  2. Click Phone.
  3. Follow the instructions below.

To change the greeting:

  1. Under Call Answering Rules, click New Rule.
  2. Enter a name for the rule.
  3. Under Add conditions, select “If the caller dialed my phone extension…”, and select your secondary extension.
  4. Keep the default action, and click “Call the Play on Phone number to play or record a greeting for this call answering rule…”.
  5. Click Yes to save the call answering rule.

You will receive a call which will prompt you to leave a voice mail message. Be sure to include “press pound to leave a message”; this is a requirement for secondary extensions.

If you would like to switch your primary and secondary extensions, please email help@smu.edu to create a help desk ticket.

How to reset your PIN in the new voicemail system

Exchange Unified Messaging Tips & Tricks
When enabled for our new voicemail system (Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging, or UM), you received a notification email with a temporary PIN. This PIN allows you to access to the voicemail system. If you are a new user, you will need to change it when you first log in to the system.

What happens if you lose your PIN, or misplace the notification email?

There are two options for PIN recovery. 

Please note that the following options are not available for departmental accounts. Please contact the OIT Help Desk to reset a departmental account PIN.

In Microsoft Outlook:

  1. Outlook's Manage VoicemailClick File -> Manage Voice Mail and logon to the web interface.
  2. Click Reset PIN -> “Reset My Voice Mail PIN”, then click “OK”

You will receive an email with a new temporary PIN.

In Webmail:

You can get to the same screen above by logging on to webmail.smu.edu/owa.

  1. Click the gear icon, then click Options.
  2. Click General, then click Reset PIN.
  3. Click “Reset My Voice Mail PIN”, then click “OK”

You will receive an email with a new temporary PIN.

When you receive your temporary 4-digit PIN, call 214-768-8673 and enter your 5-digit telephone extension. You will be prompted to create a new PIN.

Updated 07/10/2017: Include updated instructions for the new system.

How do I change my greeting in the voice mail system?

Exchange Unified Messaging Tips & Tricks
Campus voice mail is provided by Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging (UM). A common question is, “How do I record a custom voice mail greeting?” UM offers a few options, including allowing separate greetings for when you are away from the office.

Please note: The online option (Outlook/Webmail) is not available for departmental (shared) accounts. These accounts must always be updated by phone. If you cannot recall your PIN, please contact the OIT Help Desk and a temporary PIN will be generated for you.

To change your greeting:

In Microsoft Outlook:

  1. Click File -> Manage Voice Mail, and logon to the web interface.
  2. Click Greetings
  3. Click “Call me to play or record the selected greeting…”
  4. Enter your phone number and click “Call.”
  5. You will receive a call which will allow you to record your greeting.

There are multiple other configuration options available from this screen as well.

In Webmail:

You can get to the same screen above by logging on to webmail.smu.edu/owa.

  1. Click the gear icon -> options.
  2. Click Greetings.
  3. Click “Call me to play or record the selected greeting…”
  4. Enter your phone number and click “Call.”
  5. You will receive a call which will allow you to record your greeting.

Via Phone:

You can also change your greeting by phone.

  1. Call 214-768-8673.
  2. Enter your 5-digit extension and your PIN, and then say “personal options” at the voice prompt.
  3. Press 2 and you can record your new greeting.

The prompts will walk you through these steps when you dial the number.

Updated 07/10/2017: Include updated instructions for the new system.