How to dial-in to a meeting with Microsoft Teams Conference ID

To join a Microsoft Teams meeting from your phone you must have the official Microsoft Teams app installed, and you must have internet access. The Microsoft Teams mobile apps are free and most people have internet connectivity on the go however, if you’re trying to join a Microsoft Teams meeting from a desk phone, you can do so with the conference ID.

Microsoft Teams Conference ID

Microsoft Teams Conference ID

Microsoft Teams allows users to call in and join a meeting from any type of phone. The only thing you need to join a meeting or call is;

  • The dial-in number for the country the meeting is being hosted in.
  • The conference ID for the meeting.

Find Microsoft Teams Conference ID

Microsoft Teams automatically assigns all teams/organizations a dial-in number for meetings. If you do not know what the dial-in number is, you can visit the official number listing from Microsoft here.

The next thing you need is the conference ID. The conference ID is a number that is automatically generated by Microsoft Teams when;

For a new/ad-hoc meeting, the conference ID will be listed in the Meeting Details.

  1. Click the more options button at the top and select Meeting Details.
  2. In the panel that opens, copy and share the Conference ID with whoever wants to join by phone.

For a scheduled meeting;

  1. Open the meeting details by double-clicking the meeting in the calendar.
  2. The details will contain the conference ID. Copy and share it with participants who will be dialing in.

Dial-in with Microsoft Teams Conference ID

Once you have the conference ID, you can dial-in to the meeting from a phone. This can be any phone; a desk phone, a smartphone, or a feature phone.

  1. Dial the dial-in number for the country the meeting is being held in.
  2. Wait for the call to be answered by the automated system.
  3. Enter the conference ID using the dial pad on the phone and enter the # (hash or pound) symbol at the end.
  4. The automated system will ask if you are the organizer of the meeting. Skip this step i.e., do not press 1.

  1. You will hear ‘waiting music’ as you enter the meeting and are directed to the waiting room.
  2. The meeting organizer will have to allow you to join the meeting.
  3. Once you’ve been allowed, you will be able to hear everyone, and everyone will be able to hear you.

Note: For obvious reasons, you cannot join with video. This will only be an audio call.

Tips on dialing-in

  • Enter the dial-in number for the country the team was created in. Each country has its own number. If you’re in a different country, you will not use the number for your country. Instead, you must use the number for the country the meeting/team is in.
  • If you’re in the same country as the team/meeting, you can skip adding the country code.
  • You should enter the city code when dialing in.
  • Some teams set up a different phone number. If so, confirm with the meeting organizer which number to use to dial-in.

Conclusion

Dialing in seems complicated but you will find that it is easy to do once you have the conference ID. Each meeting has its own unique conference ID. The dial-in number may or may not be toll-free. It depends on the country and the team settings. If you plan on dialing into a meeting, check if you will be charged for the call before you enter it. 

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How to Create a Distribution List in Outlook

If you use Outlook to communicate with your colleagues, you’ve probably wanted to repeatedly email a specific group whose membership changes often. For example, you may need to email all of your customer service reps every day, but due to high turnover, the list may change often.

You could type each person’s name or email manually every time you send an email, but quickly this can become cumbersome as the group gets larger. Not only that, but you also run the risk of inadvertently forgetting someone which could lead to office drama. That’s where a distribution list or contact group comes in!

For the most part, the terms “contact group” and “distribution list” are interchangeable. Microsoft began using the phrase “contact group,” presumably because it’s a little more intuitive than “distribution list.” 

However, there is a real distinction between the two in organizations that are using Microsoft 365. Admins of Microsoft 365 can convert existing Outlook distribution lists to “Groups,” which, in turn, gives group members access to shared libraries and collaboration spaces like Microsoft Teams, Yammer, and Planner.

While your IT department probably rules over your organization’s Outlook distribution lists—especially the dreaded and often poorly-maintained all-staff list, you can still create your own contact groups in Outlook

Below, we’ll walk you through how to create contact groups in Outlook for both the browser version and the desktop app. 

How to Create a Contact Group in Outlook Online

Creating a contact group in the browser version of Outlook is easy.

  1. Log into your account at outlook.com or select Outlook from the app launcher if you’re already logged into Microsoft 365. If you don’t see Outlook in the app list (you will), select All apps.
  1. In the left pane, under Groups, select New group.
  1. In the popup, give your new group a name and description and select Create. (If your organization has enabled it, you might be prompted to create an email address for the group. In that instance, for ease of use, try to make the email address identical to the group name.)
  1. Now, add members to the group. Search for people by name or by email address. Select the search result for the person you want to add to the group, and they’ll appear under “This person will be added.”
  1. Repeat step 4 until you’ve added everyone you want to the group. Then select the Add button.
  2. Select Close.
  3. Send an email to the group you’ve created by selecting New message.
  1. In the To field, begin typing the name of the group you created, and select it from the list that appears.

Easy peasy. But what if you need to add or remove people from the group? Read on.

How to Edit a Contact Group in Outlook Online

Microsoft has made it easy to edit a contact group without ever leaving Outlook Online. Some steps might be slightly different depending on how your organization has configured Microsoft 365, but the steps below should get you there.

  1. In the left pane, under Groups, select the group you want to edit.
  2. In that group’s entry, select the More (three dots/ellipsis) icon.
  1. Select Settings. (Depending on how Outlook is configured for your organization, you might see an option to Add members straight from the More icon.)
  1. In the Group Settings panel that appears on the right, select Edit group.
  1. Select the Members tab. 
  2. From there, you can add members or delete them from the group by selecting the X icon next to the entry for the person you want to remove.
  1. If you’ve added members to the group, select the Add button. Otherwise, choose Close.

Another Way to Edit Contact Groups in Outlook Online

Depending on how Outlook is configured, you may also be able to edit contact groups by following these steps:

  1. Go to the People section of Outlook (to the right of the Calendar icon). 
  1. In the left pane in the Groups section, select Owner to display the groups you have created.
  1. Select the group you want to edit from the list.
  2. Select Manage group members.
  1. From there, you can add members or delete existing members by selecting the X next to an entry.

How to Create a Contact Group in Outlook’s Desktop App

Creating a contact group in the desktop version of Outlook is even more straightforward than it is in the online version.

  1. Launch Outlook, and select the People icon near the lower-left corner (where you switch between email, tasks, people, and calendar).
  1. Next, from the toolbar, select New Contact Group. (If your organization is using Microsoft 365, you may also see a New Group button. For our purposes, we’ll use New Contact Group to facilitate group emails.)
  1. In the Contact Group window that appears, give your contact group a name, and then select Add Members and choose where you want to get your new members from. Options might include From Outlook Contacts, From Address Book, or New Email Contact
  1. One by one, search for the people you want to add to the contact group. Make sure their entry is highlighted, and select the Members button (or double-click their entry) to add them. When you’re finished, select OK.
  2. Close out the window, making sure to respond Yes if prompted to save your changes.
  3. Now, when you address a new email, you can type the name of the contact group in the To field. Your contact group will be added. If you wish, you can expand the group list, and Outlook will replace the list with its members. Be warned, though, you will not be able to collapse the list again.

Contact groups appear as entries in the Outlook address book, so you’ll be able to find them in that alphabetized list.

How to Edit a Contact Group in Outlook’s Desktop App

Now let’s edit an existing contact group in the desktop version of Outlook.

  1. Launch Outlook, and select the People icon near the lower-left corner.
  2. Find and select the group you want to edit in your contact list.
  3. In the pane on the right, select Edit. That will bring you back to where you can manage the group by adding and/or removing members.

Whether you’re using the online version of Outlook or the desktop app, it’s definitely worth it to take a few minutes to create Outlook distribution lists you’ll use repeatedly. You’ll be glad you did.

How to get your Linux MAC address

Need to find your Linux MAC address but can’t figure it out? We can help! Follow along as we go over the different ways you can discover your network adapters’ MAC address on Linux! 

Linux MAC address

Linux MAC address – IP Link Show

There are many ways to view your MAC address in Linux. That said, the easiest way to do it is in the terminal with IP LINK SHOW. This tool can show you all attached network devices on the system and IP address and MAC address information.

To get started, open up a terminal window. To open up a terminal window on the Linux desktop, press the Ctrl + Alt + T keyboard combination. Alternatively, open up the app menu and search for “Terminal,” and launch the app that way.

Once the terminal window is open and ready to go, you can use the ip link show command below to display all attached network devices.

ip link show

From here, look through the command output for your network device. In this example, we’ll use the “wlan0” network device. Your device will differ. 

When you’ve found your device in the command output, look for the “link/ether” section. Next to “link/ether” is your MAC address. If you’d like to save this information for later, you can rerun the ip link show command in combination with the > redirect function. 

ip link show > ~/my-mac-address-information.txt

At any time, if you wish to view the output of this text file, you can execute the following cat command and view the ‘my-mac-address-information.txt’ file. 

cat ~/my-mac-address-information.txt

Alternatively, open up the Linux file manager and double-click on the “my-mac-address-information.txt” file in your home folder to launch the file in your favorite text editor. 

 Linux MAC address – /sys

Aside from the IP LINK SHOW tool, you can view your MAC address information on Linux through the /sys folder on Linux. This method isn’t as simple as entering a command, but if you’re not happy with using the first method we’ve covered, this is a great way to get MAC address info.

To start, open up a terminal window. To open up a terminal window on the Linux desktop, press Ctrl + Alt + T  on the desktop. Alternatively, you can open up your app menu and search for “Terminal,” and launch the app that way.

Once the terminal window is open on the Linux desktop, use the CD command to move into the /sys folder.

cd /sys

When you’ve made it into the /sys folder in the terminal window, execute the ls command to take a look at the contents of the folder. 

ls

Look at the ls output. You should see the “class” folder. If you do not see the “class” folder, restart your Linux PC and try again. Once you’ve located the “class” folder, use the CD command to move into it.

cd class

Inside the “class” folder, run the ls command again and locate the “net” folder. This folder holds all network adapter info. 

ls

Using the CD command, move into the “net” folder.

cd net

Inside the “net” folder, run the ls command. After running the ls command, you should see an output of every network device connected to your Linux PC. For example, you may see Enp5s0 (ethernet on some Linux systems), Wlan0 (WiFi on some Linux systems), and lo (standard loopback device on every Linux distribution.

Determine what network device you need to find the MAC address for. Then, use the CD command to move into its folder. In this example, we’ll use the “wlan0” folder.

Once inside of the folder, execute the cat command to view your MAC address for the device. 

cat address

Want to save your MAC address to a text file? Enter the following command.

cat address > ~/my-mac-address.txt

Linux MAC address – Ifconfig

A third way you can view your network adapter’s MAC address on Linux is with the Ifconfig tool. Keep in mind, the Ifconfig tool is retired, and not many Linux operating systems ship it anymore. However, if you’re on a Linux OS that still has Ifconfig, you can use it to find your MAC address. Here’s how.

First, open up a terminal window. Once the terminal window is open, use the ifconfig command below to view all attached network devices.

ifconfig

After the command is run, look for the network device you wish to find the MAC address of. In this example, we’ll be looking for “wlan0,” the default WiFi device. 

Under your network device, find “ether.” Next to “ether” is your MAC address. 

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