Let me start by saying that, although the title of this post refers Polycom CX700 (because was this device I used), the procedures described here will probably work with other devices (e.g. LG-Nortel or Microsoft).
If you read my previous post Troubleshooting OCS 2007 R2 Device Update Service for Communicator Phone Edition, you probably noticed the comments about upgrading Office Communicator Phone Edition (OCPE) version 1.0.452.0.
When I wrote that post, I hadn’t tested anything lower than 1.0.522.34, so, to tell you the truth, I was not sure it was possible to upgrade these early (Beta) versions. Until today!
When I had the chance to put my hands on one of these early babies (thanks Paulo Silva), I didn’t think twice.
The upgrade process
As soon as I plugged the device into my test environment and tried to sign in, I got the following error:
Cannot sign in to Communications Service. Current version
does not work with the available server. Contact your
I immediately understood what the problem was: the Client Version Filter. Lowering the allowed OCPhone version to 1.0.199 did the trick.
After a quick reboot and still no signs of a successful upgrade, I noticed that I was getting an Update Status (0x0/404) on the phone. The IIS log confirmed the HTTP error 404 – File Not Found. The device was requesting the file /UCDeviceUpdates/ucdevice.upx, which cannot be found because the virtual dir /UCDevicesUpdate doesn’t exist.
I’m not sure why the device requests that specific URL. In the tests I made with an even lower version, 1.0.199, the requested URL was /RequestHandler/ucdevice.upx, which is the correct one. Further investigation is needed to determine the cause of this issue.
In order to try to overcome the situation, I decided to create the /UCDevicesUpdate virtual dir, replicating all the settings of the /RequestHandler folder. Here’s how to do it on IIS 7.0 (with IIS 6.0 would probably be easier, since there is an option to redirect a virtual dir):
- Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager, right click the web site and select Add Application. Name it UCDeviceUpdates, select the LSGroupExpAppPool, and point it to the same Physical path as /RequestHandler.
- Select the newly created application (/UCDeviceUpdates), on the Features View select Authentication and then disable Windows Authentication.
If we stop now (as I first did), we would get the HTTP Error 405.0 - Method not allowed.
- The Handler Mappings for /UCDeviceUpdates must be changed so that they match /RequestHandler, particularly the *.upx Script Map.
With these changes in place, the upgrade process went as expected: the device gets in-band provisioning about the update URL, downloads and installs the interim version (1.0.522.103), reboots, downloads and installs the approved version (3.5.6907.9), does a final reset and it’s ready to use with Office Communications Server 2007 R2.
A final note: I didn’t use the Test Devices option, instead I approved the update (this means that all qualified devices would get the update without first testing it).
So far, the OCS 2007 R2 Device Update Service revealed to be capable of successfully upgrading OCPE version 1.0.452.0 and later. The early beta versions can sometimes be tricky and require some tweaks, like creating a new virtual dir (as explained in this post).
I’ve read some post regarding the 1.0.452.0 version stating that WINS is required. In the tests I made, I didn’t use WINS, only DNS (I had the UCUPDATES and UCUPDATES-R2 defined as A records and pointing to the OCS pool IP address).
I would love to test version 1.0.199. Can someone lend me one? 🙂