Little tidbit on the R2 IM Only and No Voice text in 2415902

There was a question today on the behavior with the update in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2415902 which adds further text to the presence states for IM Only and No Voice. The question is why are the text phrases different and the reason is we are using “positive/negative” phrasing of capabilities.  If you are Available, we indicate the possible…

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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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Who is configured for OCS and Lync Federation?

While Microsoft maintains a list internally, we do not publish the company names that we federate with directly using OCS and Lync. Matt Landis has this blog post where he is gathering that data for those interested. Thanks Julian for the comment with other site – http://lyncdirectory.com TomL LCSKid

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Support for Service Pack Updates in Lync and OCS

I was able to publish an article on the topic of support for Service Packs on the Next Hop blog. I have a few edits requested but do let me know if there is anything unclear or worse conflicting with existing documentation. http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2011/02/24/support-for-service-pack-updates-in-lync-server-2010-and-office-communications-server.aspx TomL LCSKid

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Upcoming Group Chat client/server support matrix

As customers were beginning to upgrade OCS 2007 R2 deployments with Lync, the question of support for Group Chat showed that what was originally thought to be a simple answer required a more complex matrix to illustrate. After conferring with the appropriate teams, this is the verbiage and table we submitted for inclusion in the…

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Changing Group Chat message and story size limits–unsupported table modification

Posts like this always give me concern because in the effort to be helpful I am providing information that we don’t support doing – direct table modification in SQL. Just because you have a lab topology to play with is no excuse to not properly backup the database or the use of virtual machine options…

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OCS 2007 R2 Managing User Contact Lists via script

With the launch of Lync Server 2010 another blog was created for Lync PowerShell topics, however very few customers will have the product until 2011 due to general availability, holidays and business requirements. Customers want to know how to administer OCS 2007 R2 via script and/or PowerShell and so yesterday a new post was entered…

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OCS 2007 R2, Lync Server 2010 and SQL server versions

At this time we do not support OCS 2007 R2 or Lync Server 2010 with databases on SQL 2008 R2. I am sharing this because this is a fairly common question we receive and we point people back to the documentation on what we do support. The absence of something should always be presumed to…

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TechNet Wiki–R2 Firewall Port Settings

I suspect this will be some welcome news for people working with OCS 2007 R2 and Lync Server 2010, we have begun to document the firewall ports needed with the deployments:  OCS 2007 R2 Firewall Port Settings As a Wiki this allows the community to contribute to the content which means it should reflect real…

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OCS 2007 R2 Group Chat–SIOPS?

Has the term SIOPs (Standard Input Output Panels) been mentioned in regards to Group Chat and you wondered what they were only to find that an Internet search turns up links saying it isn’t supported? They were not supported when Group Chat released but added later and when the documentation was published the term SIOP…

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