Where can I get some end-user CBT training for OCS R2 and Exchange UM?

I get asked this one quite a bit by my customers deploying OCS and Exchange UM to their faculty and staff.  I found a partner, 4What Interactive, that provides some really nice end user CBT training for OCS R2 and Exchange UM OVA. Click here to view some of 4What’s CBT Microsoft UC training. They…

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Communications Server Conference this summer June 15-16th in Boulder, CO

If you are looking to get a deeper dive on Microsoft’s UC stack, Tom Cross has put together a unique Microsoft Communications Server Expo/Conference this Summer in Boulder, Co. Read more below:   "MCS-Microsoft Communications Server Moving into Mainstream" Conference & Expo – June 15-16 – Boulder Get Communications Server smart – Migration-Survivability-Reliability – Microsoft…

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Are there ways to leverage my existing SIP phone investments with OCS?

Yes, there are a few ways to leverage your existing SIP phones (Cisco, Avaya, SIP softphones):   SmartSIP from NET – allows you to connect your existing SIP phones such as Aastra, Cisco, and SIP softphone (X-lite, etc) on a Mac to OCS   SmartSIP Mac voice to OCS demo (Evangelyze sold SmartSIP to NET)…

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Is there a single page I can check to ensure I have the latest OCS 2007 R2 updates for server, client, and phone?

Yes, the OCS product team has just released this very page here.  There are October updates for your Tanjay phone, OCS R2 server, Live Meeting and Communicator client.  Please update if you haven’t already done so as there are some nice server and client fixes for voice, video, conferences, etc. There is also a updated…

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Looking for OCS 2007 R2 voice training for your telecom staff?

If you are looking for some voice specific training for your telecom team for OCS R2 there is an unique offering over at www.OCSforum.com.  Tom Cross, the CEO of OCSForum, has setup hosted sandbox labs to test your voice configurations as well as in person training and online training.   Sample of Live Online training…

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Things to consider with non-certified OCS Voice Endpoints

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…

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Download Free UC e-books from Microsoft Press

Microsoft Press 25th Anniversary "Free E-Book of the Month" Offers This will be our last month to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Microsoft Press with a free e-book offer. This monthly offer can be found in the top right corner of this monthly newsletter. It expires on June 24, 2009, so download the e-books today:…

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Do I need a director with OCS R2?

I was asked this from a school district in Southern California who was rolling out OCS R2 and enterprise voice for the all their faculty and staff. The answer depends on your OCS R2 architecture and whether your access is from internal or external networks.  For most schools, a single pool would apply and therefore…

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OCS 2007 R2 Virtualization announcement

Today, we announce OCS 2007 R2 virtualization support for certain OCS 2007 R2 roles. This includes our own Hyper-V technology as well as other SVVP certified virtualization technologies. I know a lot of schools have been waiting for this since they want to reduce HW footprints, etc.   What OCS R2 functionality is supported on…

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Can I make native voice calls through OCS on a Mac or non-PC platforms?

I get asked this quite a bit from schools as they want the ability to place/receive voice calls on the Mac or Linux using OCS R2. The answer is yes if you leverage the SmartSip technology from our partner Evangelyze. You can make and receive voice calls natively on the Mac using a SIP softphone…

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