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…


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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OCS Address Book publishing without ISA

You will notice that in the 2007 documentation we moved to the phrase of reverse proxy when discussing the publishing of content, but obviously if we document any product it will be ISA. We never state you can’t use another product, it is just that we don’t test or document any of the competing products….

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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…


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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OCS 2007 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007

The long awaited release of the OCS 2007 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 has been completed: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=A1832431-54B7-4070-9B10-14EFB231FF0C&displaylang=en&displaylang=en TomL LCSKid


Another blog to watch – Elan Shudnow

<Sept 8 2009 rewording as Elan shared that some thought I meant director role as a job instead of about OCS. Now if I hear he got a raise or options, I expect to see a nice thank you gift. (grin)>   Elan contacted me via my blog regarding how one would use the OCS Director server role and in conversing he…


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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