Communicator for Mac 2011

Updated November 10 with more details on Mac Messenger 8.x for Hotmail. Updated November 7 with answer re: Enterprise Voice and a question about forums you use – Updated October 26 with a Volume License reference below I have received a new Macbook Pro in order to get a first hand experience with the non-Windows…

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Program Manager with Unified Communications Customer Experience Team

1993 University of North Carolina at Charlotte graduate, planning to attend Miami of Ohio University for a masters in Recreational Sports. This is not as lame as it sounds, the plan was to be in a college setting handling intramural and club sport programs. My roommate finds out Microsoft is hiring through a temporary agency…

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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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OC – Custom Presence States

Office Communicator 2007 offers a few user defined areas, the Note, your location and Custom Presence. I am focusing on the Custom Presence as a colleague (Liam) had a question that led us into this discussion.  CustomState is discussed in the Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 Deployment Guide starting on page 20 and covers what I…

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OCS Deploy Series: Phase 1 – Standard Edition

Remember in the opening post about this project I mentioned running since Beta 2, well it has been since Beta 1, wow it has been a LONG time running an unreleased product. I have not played with LCS 2005 in probably 6-8 months. Truth be told I began this project while on vacation at the…

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UC post for Live Communications Server 2005 Address Book Service FAQ & Troubleshooting

We have posted a FAQ for the Address Book Service to the UC Blog. If you have further questions and clarifications on the topic feel free to comment my blog or the UC blog. This post was created based on internal discussions from the field and support which means it was driven by all the customer…

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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 Voice with Cisco gateways/routers

Partners and customers deploying Office Communications Server 2007 with enterprise voice still require a media gateway for a supported configuration. The definitive place to determine supported vendors, models and the qualification level (direct sip via gateway, direct sip, dual forking and dual forking with remote call control) you need to check the Open Interoperability Program…

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New Unified Communications blog started

Edit – adding the actual url 🙂 http://blogs.technet.com/uc Sometimes a delay is a good thing and with the RTC blog never really getting off the ground there was room for improvement. Having such a big delay means we now get to focus a bit more on the new technology coming with Office Communications Server 2007….

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OT: Quiet for a while, new baby!

We welcomed our 4th child Ethan (third son) to the family which means the blog and twitter accounts will be quiet for about 1 month.

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