This was something I came across for customers who are buying non-certified UC endpoints since this has been a popular direction in Education:
What does it mean to for a voice endpoint to be certified for OCS 2007?
The OCS Voice endpoint needs to have the logo above for it to be certified for OCS 2007.
This is an excerpt from the UC product team:
Where are the certified OCS devices listed?
As part of a customer's OCS voice deployment, Microsoft recommends telephony devices that carry the "Optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator" designation. Microsoft has certified these devices for use with Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Office Communicator. Certified devices offer plug-and-play installation, seamlessly integrate with Office Communicator, and support wideband audio to deliver an optimal end user communications experience. The current list of certified devices can be found at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/ocs/bb970310.aspx
How do non-certified devices work with OCS?
We understand that some IP phone vendors are offering IP phones that are advertised as working with Office Communications Server as native endpoints. This is possible because Microsoft has published the open-standards-based interoperability specifications for Office Communications Server and Office Communicator as a part of the Office Protocol Documentation found here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc307282.aspx
Any IP phone advertising OCS compatibility that is not listed at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/ocs/bb970310.aspx is not a certified device. Because these IP phones have not gone through the certification process, Microsoft takes no position on the level of compatibility that these phones offer with OCS. Non-certified IP phones are neither guaranteed nor supported by Microsoft to work with Office Communications Server or Office Communicator. Further, they may not offer the benefits of plug-and-play, wideband audio and tight hardware/software integration of certified devices.
What should I be aware of with Non-certified Voice Endpoints?
- Does the vendor provide a complete detailed list of supported OC client features? Are all client features implemented in a way that is compliant with OCS architecture
(multiparty voice calls, firewall traversal)?
- Does the product work in all supported OCS topologies (Federation, mobile user)? How extensively and in what scenarios has the vendor tested compatibility of their device?
- Is the vendor committed to updating the device and firmware to align with future releases of OCS? What terms does the vendor offer for keeping the device up to date with the latest OCS releases?
- Does the vendor offer worldwide product availability?
- What are the vendor's warranty terms against defective software and design? What is the support model offered by the vendor?
Microsoft recommends the purchase of certified devices. Microsoft cannot offer any support or assurances as to the compatibility of non-certified devices with Office Communications Server. Ultimately, it is a decision between the customer and the vendor whether to utilize non-certified devices. Microsoft cannot participate in this process in any way beyond what is outlined above.
What else should I consider?
Current and Office Communications Server Future Feature Support
- Upgrade path and compatibility with future releases of Office Communications Server
- Unified Messaging
- Voice Mail integration
- Multi-party ad-hoc conferencing
- Desktop integration
- PIN based provisioning
- Device manageability
- Call Parking
- Malicious Call Trace