How To: Connect to MSN Public IM from OCS

Most customers know what boxes to check on the Access Edge Server to enable federation and Public IM Connectivity (PIC) but many ask what to do next to sign up to the service. Signing up is quite easy, you simply need to follow this link: Sign in using a Live ID and check the…


How To: Telephony enabling users - continued

It turned out to be significantly easier to find users without an assigned  LineURI than I expected.  Thanks to Nick Smith for pointing me in the right direction when answering something else. :o) The Powershell script takes no parameters and will display the primary SIP URI for all OCS enabled users without a phone number…


How To: Generate multiple phone numbers when telephony enabling users

Ever needed to generate a list of 100+ phone numbers for use with e.g. OCSAssignTelUri.wsf? I have but couldn’t be bothered with inventing a new method every time anymore, so I wrote a little ps script: param ([string] $Series, [string] $Width, [string] $Count) if(("-?","-help","-h") -contains $args[0]) {     Write-Host "This script will generate phone numbers…


Windows 7: Minimize Live Messenger to SysTray

I know this topic is not Unified Communications related but it’s annoying the heck out of a lot of people so to share mitigating information I’m including it on my blog. The problem is that Live Messenger minimizes to the task bar like any other active application and not to SysTray as we are used…


How To: Change mailbox quota based on current value

This turns out to be somewhat tricky unless you experiment quite a lot with the values and operators, therefore I’m posting the quick solution here for those of you that (like me) like to find what you search for… :o) If you use the Get-Mailbox cmdlet without parameters you will get all mailboxes listed in…


How To: Bulk creation of AD users and Exchange mailboxes

Over the past couple of months I have worked on more than one project where the customer wanted to create a new forest for the new Exchange 2007 installation. Normally you would migrate users from the old domain(s) with ADMT or another product but in these cases brand new user accounts and mailboxes were desired….


How To: Build an OCS and UM lab with phone integration

To quickly set up a lab for testing phone integration you need at least three servers for OCS and Exchange roles. One additional server is needed for Active Directory and Certificate Authority. I would recommend using a 64-bit machine installed with Windows Server 2003 x64 and Virtual Server 2005 R2. Virtual Server can then host…