OCS 2007 R2 on Windows Server 2008 R2

Supportability is available for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 member server role on a Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system.  Details at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982021

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NET acquires SmartSIP

This is great news – NET are a strong UC voice partner, and SmartSIP will give them advanced capabilities like registering SIP phones to OCS.   FREMONT, CA–(Marketwire – February 4, 2010) – Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. ("NET") (NASDAQ: NWK), a leader in network and voice-over-IP solutions, and Evangelyze Communications ("EC"), a Microsoft Unified Communications…

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Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Workload Architecture Poster

This poster of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 describes the traffic flow of protocols and ports used in each workload. Communications Server 2007 R2 supports the following workloads: IM and Presence, Conferencing, Application Sharing, and Enterprise Voice. These filtered views can assist you in architecting your deployment of Communications Server 2007 R2. The different server…

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OCS Federation updates

Some great news announced overnight… Starting October 1, 2009, a PIC License will no longer be required for federation with American Online (AOL).  Customers qualify for federation with AOL if they have Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Standard CAL or active Software Assurance on their current LCS/OCS license. Microsoft is  also releasing the Microsoft Office…

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OCS Remote Connectivity Analyzer

A great tool for testing remote connectivity to your OCS Edge Server is now available from the UC Team. Check it out at https://www.testocsconnectivity.com/

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OCS R2 Site Resiliency

Using backup and restoration procedures for site disaster recovery as described in the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 documentation library topic Backup and Restoration, can entail some downtime for users. This white paper describes a site resiliency solution for Office Communications Server 2007 R2. The solution includes an Enterprise pool that spans two geographically…

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Click-to-join conference in CoMo

We have released an update to Communicator Mobile that introduces some new capabilities, the best of which IMHO is “click-to-join” for OCS R2 conferencing (i.e. audio conferences and LiveMeetings).  There is no longer any need to dial the # and look up & enter conference IDs and PINs – now you can just choose “Join…

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Changes in OCS Public IM Federation

From the OCS Team Blog…. Federation is an important goal for the Office Communications Server team and we are excited to announce several changes to public IM federation between Office Communications Server and public IM networks, effective July 1, 2009: The Live Communications Sever Public IM Connectivity (LCS PIC) license will be renamed Office Communications…

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Download free OCS R2 e-books, but be quick!

For the next few days you can download free copies of some MS Press e-books on OCS 2007 R2.  Simply sign up for the Microsoft Press Book Connection Newsletter for notification of offers, register, and download the selection of the month. Programming for Unified Communications with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Step-by-step programming scenarios…

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Getting Rid of Your PBX Can Be Liberating

Jamie Ryan, CIO at Aspect, has written a great post about the benefits of replacing your legacy PBX or IP-PBX with Office Communications Server 2007 R2. When I tell people that Aspect is the in the midst of a Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 rollout, they often ask me if we are really able…

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