Yes we listen to your feedback about lacking support for various topologies or technologies and yes we work on it. For everyone who called support and spoke to our team you heard the "not supported" answer. What you have to remember is we feed that information through our Supportability Program Managers directly and also through our support call statistics. In this customers also feed the information through the sales team and that gets communicated via a few other internal channels and there is also the customers who say it is mandatory or else and they file Design Change Requests.
Nothing moves as fast as anyone wants but today we have reached the point of giving what you have asked for -
The RTC Product Group has now completed testing of Live Communications Server 2005 SP1 with SQL Server 2005 SP1, and is pleased to announce that LCS 2005 SP1 Enterprise Edition can now be deployed using either SQL 2000 SP3a and above or SQL 2005 SP1.
We’re also able at this time to communicate support for LCS 2005 SP1 (both Standard and Enterprise Editions) on Windows Server 2003 R2.
This means that customers who have standardized on SQL 2005, or beginning to deploy Windows Server 2003 R2, can now more readily deploy Live Communications Server.
- LCS 2005 system requirements and supported environments http://www.microsoft.com/office/livecomm/prodinfo/sysreq.mspx
- Knowledge Base article #911996 details the pre-requisite steps required prior to deploying SQL 2005 SP1.
Supported Scenarios: LCS 2005
- Database requirements: Installation of Live Communications Server 2005 Enterprise Edition requires a separate server running SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition, SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition with service pack 3a, SQL Server 2005 SP1 Standard Edition, or SQL Server 2005 SP1 Enterprise Edition.
- Archiving service requires: SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition, SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition, SQL Server 2005 SP1 Standard Edition, or SQL Server 2005 SP1 Enterprise Edition.
No changes have been made to the supported scenarios for LCS Standard Edition with respect to SQL 2005. This is of course due to the fact setup for Standard Edition installs MSDE and does not support a SQL back-end.