Lync and OCS with PIC during December holiday season

PIC, the ability to IM between OCS/Lync with AOL, MSN/Hotmail/Live and Yahoo! is a great feature but during December each year any problem customers face hit one additional hurdle – Datacenter Lockdowns. The purpose of a lockdown is to bring stability for business or holiday reasons, which means folks take vacation. Here in lies a…

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TextAnalysisTool.Net – Fantastic tool for analyzing large log files

From my bio and posts you may have caught on to the fact I have supported this product since LCS 2003 and switched to Program Management (not for a feature or component but more of running projects and working with customers and partners in managed programs) around 2007. In the support role and continued today…

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Guest post: LCS 2005 Admin tools on Vista x64

Today’s post comes courtesy of Nate Smyre from Willis Information Services The steps I went through to get it to work, I think, were a little more than I probably needed to go through. The first thing I installed were the remote server admin tools for x64 vista. I then extracted the lcsadmin.msi package using…

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OCS 2007 R2 – Add Enterprise Edition Server

I knew this one going in and I am always dismayed when I encounter it but I wanted to call it out for you while planning. When you choose the option to enable Archiving, CDR and QOE you have to have those roles running before you can complete the adding of a server to the…

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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 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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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…

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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…

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Working with certificates

I never claim to know everything about certificates but I do feel I know a fair amount. In working with a customer issue we had some questions on whether the certificate would be trusted by the PIC partners given the intermediate authorities. When asking one of the partners to look I simply provided the cert…

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