OCS 2007 R2 – Preparing the Environment

<Feb 13 Edit appended to end of post> Just to prove that knowledge of the past doesn’t replace proper planning, I got caught in the Schema update because while my Domain was operating at Windows 2003 functional level, my forest was not. The online documentation provides a link, here is where I ultimately landed if…


OCS 2007 R2: Migrating Global Settings

April 22 Update: New blog post about the decision tree on server team site – http://communicationsserverteam.com/archive/2009/04/13/409.aspx   Very important: (from the R2 help file) If you decide to migrate your global settings to the Configuration container and you plan to migrate from a prior version of Office Communications Server to Office Communications Server 2007 R2, you…


OCS 2007 R2 – Planning: Workbook and Tool

I am going to work through the deployment as we suggest our partners to do. We provide them a planning workbook (currently discussing to be released as part of document set) and the planning tool. The planning workbook is designed to provide an overview of the product at a very high level and then a…


Deploying OCS R2 – SQL

Update Sat December 27 – My colleague Thomas Binder in Austria noted some discrepancies in the documentation around the terms database and instance, so I wanted to note where I found the information to say that unique instances was the supported configuration. In the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Documentation.chm file the section on Back-End…


Deploying OCS 2007 R2 – Getting Started

OCS 2007 R2 will be reaching RTM, so I should document the deployment for you. Let me give some brief personal background and then deployment background. My current title: Senior Program Manager, Early Deployment and Readiness, Microsoft Unified Communications Group. I have supported the product starting with LCS 2003, 2005 SP1 and OCS 2007 while…


PIC: December 2008 AOL updates root authority

Scott blogged about the AOL update for the root authority and where to get the update for your LCS and OCS Edge Servers. http://blogs.msdn.com/scottos/archive/2008/12/02/office-communicator-clients-cannot-communicate-with-contacts-homed-on-aol.aspx   I would suggest adding Scott’s site to your reading list as his role in escalation services means he is always looking at issues that most of the time result in…

OCS Address Book publishing without ISA

You will notice that in the 2007 documentation we moved to the phrase of reverse proxy when discussing the publishing of content, but obviously if we document any product it will be ISA. We never state you can’t use another product, it is just that we don’t test or document any of the competing products….


LCS OCS Archiving levels

Walter sent me an email today via the blog contact form and it was about Archiving levels. One of his colleagues had mentioned the idea that there were values of 0, 1, 2 and 3 controlling the amount of archiving. Admittedly I was not aware of the levels however it seemed reasonable because you would…

OCS PIC with AOL and corporate domains

So MSN/Live/Hotmail offers alternate domain names for corporate use (sometimes referred to as vanity names) and you can IM between OCS and MSN/Live/Hotmail with the following syntax username(contoso.com)@msn.com  (original post). AOL offers this service (unsure of Yahoo!) but that same syntax won’t work with AOL as their gateway doesn’t support that syntax. No word on…


OCS 2007 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007

The long awaited release of the OCS 2007 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 has been completed: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=A1832431-54B7-4070-9B10-14EFB231FF0C&amp;displaylang=en&displaylang=en TomL LCSKid