How to get a free DID SIP Trunk for testing your Unified Communications lab environment

I recently stumbled on a free offering for a DID SIP Trunk (inbound calls only) from a company called IP Communications.  Having already added a magicJack device to my Unified Communications lab for routing both inbound and outbound calls, an additional DID line was exactly what I needed for routing calls to my Exchange UM…

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How to enable ‘broadcast’ functionality for voice mail messages in Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging

In Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging, there are no options exposed within the Exchange Management Console that would allow an administrator to configure broadcast or announcement capabilities for voice mail messages.  For example, let’s say that you need to send a voice mail message to your entire staff announcing a mandatory meeting later today.  There really…

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Automatically restart failed Exchange services using PowerShell...

New blog… first post.  Unfortunately I don’t have anything ground breaking or earth shattering to share.  Oh wait, there’s this, at least… This morning when I arrived at work, I found that my main Hyper-V server had been restarted due to the installation of security patches.  While all 29 of my virtual machines restarted successfully, more…

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Need an extra phone line for testing call flows in your Unified Communications lab? Why not try magicJack!

One day while at work, my buddy Geoff Clark and I were discussing how expensive it can be to deploy a lab environment at home, especially one that supports VoIP telephony.  When you combine the initial cost of purchasing new server hardware and telephony equipment with the monthly expense of one or more additional telephone…

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A deep dive into the Office Communicator 2007 R2 file transfer process

I had an opportunity recently to dig into the file transfer mechanism in Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 (MOC).  As you may already know, although a server from the OCS Pool is used to route setup information for the file transfer session between the participating clients, the file transfer itself occurs peer-to-peer directly between the…

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Integrating AudioCodes MP-114/MP-118 Media Gateways with Microsoft Unified Communications Products

  As one of the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for the Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging product within Microsoft CSS, I am often asked how to provide PSTN connectivity to both Office Communications Server 2007 and to Exchange UM.  Microsoft has worked with a number of vendors to establish support guidelines for IP PBX and IP…

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(Part 1 of 3) The complete step-by-step setup guide for deploying Microsoft Unified Communications products with Enterprise Voice in a lab environment using a single Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V computer and a single Internet IP address

As a Senior Support Escalation Engineer with the Unified Communications team at Microsoft, I help a lot of customers install Microsoft Unified Communications products in either their production or lab environment.  I often find that for many smaller organizations, the task of deploying OCS 2007 R2 and/or Exchange Unified Messaging becomes that of the existing…

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(Part 3 of 3) The complete step-by-step setup guide for deploying Microsoft Unified Communications products with Enterprise Voice in a lab environment using a single Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V computer and a single Internet IP address

  Configuring OCS 2007 R2 Communicator Web Access Now we will install the OCS 2007 R2 CWA role.  Although the Communicator Web Access setup program only allows you to create a single virtual server instance (internal or external), a CWA server can be configured to host both types of virtual servers on the same computer. …

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OCS 2007 R2 Group Chat on Windows Server 2008

Recently I worked with a customer who was trying to install OCS 2007 R2 Group Chat on a member server running Windows Server 2008.  Each time the customer launched ServerSetup.EXE to install Group Chat, he encountered error 0x80070005 (Access is Denied) while binding to the IIS metabase path IIS://localhost/W3SVC/1, as shown in the following screenshot:…

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‘Incompatible Security Setting’ error encountered when calling voice mail from Microsoft Office Communicator

After successfully integrating Office Communications Server 2007 with Exchange Unified Messaging, you may find that you are unable to call voice mail to check for new messages from your Office Communicator client.  Upon placing the call, you may receive an ‘Incompatible security setting’ error as shown below: In OCS 2007 R2, both Standard Edition servers…

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