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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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