Office Communications Server 2007 Edge Planning Tool

Author: Miru Gunarajah Publication date: August 2008 Product version: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 The Edge Planning Tool for Office Communications Server 2007 is a tool that takes a user through a set of interview questions regarding the proposed or current edge server deployment. The tool interviews users about their perimeter network settings as well as some…


Determining Health and Wellness of an OCS Deployment – IM and Presence

As an IT Admin, how do you know when end user experience will start to suffer and which Performance Monitor counters should you be monitoring to ensure your users continue to have a quality experience? Also, how would you predict degradation of user experience proactively? Author: Stu Osborn Publication date: July 2008 Product version: Office Communications Server…


Video Conferencing for Masses vs. Personal Telepresence

This week, Cisco introduced its personal telepresence technology to the world and announced their entry into the “market for in-person virtual communications with new endpoints for the personal office and large group meetings”. Author: Moz Hussian Publication date: May 2008 Product version: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 It is great to see Cisco endorsing and supporting video…


Simplifying Enhanced Presence

Author: Ram Ojha Publication date: May 2008 Product version: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 What is Enhanced Presence? OCS 2007 allows its client applications to publish and subscribe to Enhanced Presence information. The enhanced presence infrastructure includes categories and containers. State, note, contact information, or calendar data (e.g. Free/Busy) are examples of categories. Containers are logical buckets…


‘SIP Trunking’ in Office Communications Server

Author: Russell Bennett Publication date: May 2008 Product version: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 In the Office Communications Group (OCG) white paper “Integrating Telephony with Office Communications Server 2007” we stated that “SIP Trunking” was out of scope for that release but was “under consideration” for future releases.  We are always reluctant to commit features to releases…


Where to store OCS Global Settings?

The Prep Forest step requires a decision on the location for OCS Global Settings – you can choose to store these in the System container in the root domain (default and recommended) or the Configuration partition which is replicated Forest-wide. Author: Andrew Sniderman Publication date: April 2008 Product version: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Refer to the…


How to Install a Trusted Root CA certificate on OSX Leopard for use with Messenger for Macintosh.

Author: Michael Wagner Publication date: March 2008 Product version: Office Communications Server 2007 R2  Add private certificate to the x509 Anchors keychain Open keychain access application. Use finder and find the HDD/Applications/Utilities/Keychain Access.app file and start the application. Add the X509 Anchors to the view, it is not in the view by default. File menu. Add keychain…

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Uploading of a .cab file to Update Server WSS site fails with an HttpException and the message Request timed out.

Author: Jens Trier Rasmussen Publication date: February 2008 Product version: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Sometimes, when you upload a new .cab file for Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 Phone Edition or Microsoft RoundTable using the OCS 2007 Software Update Service Management Console Upload Software feature, the upload fails with an HttpException and the message Request timed out…

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Helper Button for Phone Number Normalization

Author: Rob Pittfield Publication date: January 2008 Product version: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 The first thing I do when I’m talking to customers is tell them about the Helper button on the Normalization rule creation screen as shown below:   It takes you here:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HP102218261033.aspx There are enough sample rules on that page to…

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Powershell Script for Retriving IM from Archving Database

Author: Thomas Laciano, Sasa Juratovic Publication date: January 2008 Product version: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 September 28 2009 Update: For those looking for the most recent script for use with R2, see this post for details – http://communicationsserverteam.com/archive/2009/09/28/584.aspx When customers deploy Office Communications Server 2007 Archiving they quickly request tools or sample queries to retrieve their data….

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