Bill & Greg's Most Excellent Adventure

Tidbits on Unified Communications for our education customers.

May, 2008

  • OCS Reference Tools you can use!!

    All Unified Communication End User Reference Guides Favorite OCS Deployment guide End User Content for UC Microsoft Office Communicator Quick Reference Using Communicator with Office Applications Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 Demo ...
  • Case Studies References for UC and UM

    Several ask me if they can learn from other Education institutions references so below are a few we have as of May 2008. Many more will be published this summer around OCS adoption and telephony integration. Stay tuned for more! Education...
  • MWI

    Turn the light on. We have IP phones on campus that we’ve purchased. If we go with Exchange UM how can we light the phone. Exchange 2007 UM doesn’t provide MWI out-of-box. This requires a 3rd party server application. We have three great partners in this...
  • Planning for OCS 2007 Part II

    Topology!!! Most of the time I get questions that start out with, “How many servers Greg?” “I have this many users….”, etc. It’s important to understand how functionality plays a big part in designing and OCS deployment and how the topologies are defined...
  • Planning for OCS 2007 Part I

    Alot of people ask me "How many servers do I need for OCS? How should they be deployed?" etc. The first thing to understand in deploying OCS is to understand the scenarios you want to accomplish with OCS. OCS is a very powerful software collaboration...
  • Adding favorites programmatically to OWA

    In OWA you can provide access to documents and control those permissions for private and public access. What my customers are asking is how can I prepopulate these favorites. There isn't a really easy way or supported way to do this today but it can be...
  • Office 2008 for Mac SP1 is here

    Office 2008 for the Mac Service Pack 1 is available. http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads.mspx?pid=Mactopia_Office2008&fid=395D1487-A3A6-4106-A0F8-4D6E1D6D89D2#viewer This update contains several improvements to enhance security, stability, and...
  • Cached Mode

    Cached Exchange Mode was introduced with Outlook 2003. When an Outlook account is configured to use Cached Exchange Mode, Outlook works from a local copy of a user's Exchange mailbox stored in an Offline Folder file (OST file) on the user's computer,...
  • PST/OST Encryption

    The best way to secure a PC is physical access. If someone can gain access to your PC then the job of hacking has been made easier. If a user gains access to a PC that is part of a network and logged in then what access do they have? Everything. This...
  • OCS Ignite Tour (IT PROS)- Get Trained!!

    As a valued member of the Microsoft community, we would like to extend to you an official invitation to an Office Communications Server 2007 Ignite event! This 2-day hands-on technical workshop is intended to provide you with key information regarding...
  • So how do I scale OCS conferencing?

    This question always comes up during the ADS. The problem is there isn't a magic bullet. Each customer will have a different user model that will dictate scale for their environment. The product team on development of OCS looked at core customer data...
  • Let's have a little Focus

    I figured I'd talk a little about the OCS conferencing architecture in this blog. The OCS Conf architecture consist of 3 main components: The focus, focus factory, and the MCUs. The Focus is the traffic cop. It is a conference state server that coordinates...