Microsoft Skype/Lync Federation change for new IP address October 2 2015

While most customers and partners will receive this information via their account teams, I am sharing for broader reach. We are updating the way our customers/partners federate with Microsoft.   Prior to the change on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8:00 PM PDT, customers need to update their federation using URL filtering. If you or your customers…


Keep that AOL PIC communication channel: How to Establish Direct Federation with AIM

AOL and Yahoo had each reached an end of life statement with PIC, however AOL lives on with a direct federation option! https://aimenterprise.aol.com/microsoft/ Excerpt from page: Microsoft Lync Customers:How to Establish Direct Federation with AIM AOL is pleased to offer Microsoft Lync customers the opportunity to continue their current federation with AIM and establish new…

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May 9 8pm SIPFED IP Address change

Update April 28 Here is the email sent internally to those of us registered as the Microsoft contact for a customer federation. CUTOVER Lync Federation changes will take effect on Saturday May 9th and the new IP’s and ports will need to be implemented by your customers and partners on their firewall to continue your…


Supportability Doc change: Edge Servers in Active Directory Domain

One of our customers in reading the documentation found they were likely to be blocked as the content here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398123.aspx  states Edge Servers must be deployed in a workgroup rather than an internal domain. Setup prevents you from deploying Edge Servers in an Active Directory domain. That statement is incorrect and we will be updating…


Three R2 Edge Servers load balanced – lessons from support

Today’s post comes courtesy of Wes Glockzin, Support Escalation Engineer in Texas, wesglock at microsoft dot com. The following is a synopsis of an issue I had and things I learned with customer that is using three OCS 2007 R2 Edge servers load balanced and NAT/firewalled both internally and externally.    At first, all the…


Edge Planning Tool for Office Communications Server 2007

One of my main responsibilities is managing Microsoft Consultants to work with our customers and partners in our beta/TAP programs. With both consulting and support involved each group gains product familiarity early and helps prepare their organization for when the product releases. One of the consultants was able to take his wealth of knowledge on…

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