You Mo it

Yes It’s that time of year again.  Time to grow, groom and love my moustache. Movember the month formally known as November is a charity event held during November each year. At the start of Movember guys register with a clean shaven face. The Movember participants known as Mo Bros then have the remainder of…

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TechNet Vodcast: Communicator softphone/IP phone/mobile phone

Last week I filmed a Vodcast for the TechNet Australia blog demo-ing Office Communicator 2007 in its three variants: Communicator 2007 (softphone), Communicator 2007 Phone Edition (hard phone) and Communicator Mobile (mobile client). Click below to view the video at Soapbox. Thanks to Deeps for filming, and for giving me the opportunity to spread the UC…

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Exchange ActiveSync Certificate-Based Authentication Tool

The Microsoft Exchange Server ActiveSync Certificate-Based authentication tool provides several utilities to assist an Exchange administrator in configuring and validating client certificate authentication for Exchange Server ActiveSync. The Microsoft Exchange Server ActiveSync Certificate-Based authentication tool provides several utilities to assist an Exchange administrator in configuring and validating client certificate authentication for Exchange Server ActiveSync. These…

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Australian OCS case studies

In the lead-up to the worldwide launch of Office Communications Server 2007, some great case studies from Australian companies using Office Communications Server 2007 are available now. These companies include BHP Billiton, Lion Nathan, University of Sydney and Eastern Health. The case studies also outline great work from some of our local UC partners HP, Dimension…

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OCS 2007 security guide available for download

The security guide provide guidelines for assessing and managing security risks to your Office Communications Server 2007 deployment. Even if your Office Communications Server 2007 deployment is modest, you probably have components in your network that are themselves the subject of books devoted to their security.  Therefore, it is unlikely that this guide covers all…

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Custom presence states in Communicator 2007

Office Communicator 2007 has rich presence states such as Available, Busy, In A Meeting – but it is very easy to enhance this further by creating your own custom presence states.  It’s as easy as creating an XML file and importing it into Communicator.  Example of some new presence states shown here…..   To create this, create an XML…

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Vista + Media Center = Love Heart

My after-hours pet project over the last week has been assembling a new Vista Media Center PC. I decided against buying a pre-built machine and instead bought the components to assemble myself. Antec Fusion case – absolutely awesome.  Excellent cooling, extremely quiet, and of course it doesn’t look like a PC! Gigabyte GA-G33M-S2H motherboard and…

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Office Communications Server 2007 Deployment Validation Tool

A common issue in VoIP deployments is that administrators find out about problems with audio quality only after a user reports a problem.  The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Deployment Validation Tool simulates audio traffic so that you can proactively identify and resolve audio issues. Download it now from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3596a10d-65cc-4cca-8470-3f23d5ea55b2&DisplayLang=en Technorati Tags: ocs, voice, dvt,…

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Office Communicator Mobile 2007 for WM5/6 – now available!

Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile is a Unified Communications client for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. Communicator Mobile runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 or 6.0 software for Pocket PC and smartphone devices. Here are some screenshots from my phone. A presence indicator is installed on your Today screen.  (yes I know that’s a lot of…

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