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  • Blog Post: Sydney UC community to launch at Tech.Ed 2008

    At Tech.Ed next week we're launching a new community for Unified Comms in Sydney - Sydney UC ! If you work in, are passionate about, or just enjoy Exchange, OCS, VoIP, video, or comms in general - this is the place for you to network with your peers, learn from the experts, see the technologies and...
  • Blog Post: OCS goes gold!

    This is huge - in case you haven't heard the news yet - Office Communications Server 2007 has been Released To Manufacturing (RTM)!!!! I have been using Communicator 2007 as my primary phone for several months now, along with Exchange 2007 for voicemail, and I'm personally excited that the product is...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Cisco CallManager 4.2.1 for Direct-SIP with OCS

    There is a great post over at the OCS Team Blog outlining the steps required to configure a Direct SIP connection between OCS and Cisco CallManager 4.2.1. It covers the configuration steps required for both OCS and CCM – check it out at http://communicationsserverteam.com/archive/2008/09/30/302.aspx
  • Blog Post: Integrating Telephony with OCS R2

    Updated for OCS 2007 R2, this white paper covers everything you want to know about Voice Interoperability with OCS.  Topics include Media Gateways, IP-PBXs, SIP Trunking, PBX integration Scenarios, Standards Compliance, Integration Features and Migration Strategies. Download it from http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: OCS 2007 Video-conferencing Interoperability White Paper

    Office Communications Server 2007 is the first Microsoft product to combine enterprise-ready IM, presence, video-conferencing, web-conferencing, and VoIP telephony in one solution. In addition, OCS 2007 includes real-time videoconferencing solutions running on servers in your intranet or interoperating...
  • Blog Post: OCS VoIP in a disaster zone

    Massive storms in Brisbane recently left many people homeless, and in fact it was declared a disaster zone .         One of the people who had their home destroyed in this storm was my mate Bill Lockett from Dimension Data.  Our best wishes and thoughts are with him and...
  • Blog Post: OCS 2007 R2 Launch

    Streamlined Communications Today, users face the challenge of managing their communications across many devices and applications, which negatively impacts productivity. Office Communications Server 2007 R2 streamlines the way users manage communications, enabling them to find and communicate with the...
  • Blog Post: Office Communications Server 2007 Best Practices Analyzer

    The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Best Practices Analyzer Tool is a diagnostic tool that gathers configuration information from a Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 environment and determines whether the configuration is set according to Microsoft best practices. You can install...
  • Blog Post: Changes in OCS Public IM Federation

    From the OCS Team Blog …. Federation is an important goal for the Office Communications Server team and we are excited to announce several changes to public IM federation between Office Communications Server and public IM networks, effective July 1, 2009: The Live Communications Sever Public IM Connectivity...
  • Blog Post: UC Certificate Partners for Exchange and OCS 2007

    Exchange 2007 and Office Communications Server 2007 have strict requirements for external/public certificates - specifically the use of Subject Alternative Name (SAN) certificates, aka Unified Communications Certificates. We have a KB article (kb929395) which lists some of the providers of these UC certs...
  • Blog Post: Making sense of Office Communications Server and Response Point

    With the recent Response Point announcement, we’ve received some questions about the relationship between this offering, the upcoming Office Communications 2007 release, and Microsoft’s overall unified communications strategy. Both Office Communications Server 2007 and Response Point provide voice capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Information on A/V Edge Ports and Public IP Addresses

    I often get asked why the OCS AV Edge server requires a public IP address. The best explanation I've seen was recently posted by Alan Shen over at the OCS Team Blog . The A/V edge server enables users to participate in audio and video connections from outside the corporate network, such as a point...
  • Blog Post: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 VHD

    This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This download enables you evaluate Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 for 60 days. Start evaluating Office Communications Server today. Office Communications Server 2007 R2 delivers streamlined communications for your users so they can find and...
  • Blog Post: OCS presence in Lotus Notes

    We have released a sample toolkit that is designed to enhance the adoption of Office Communicator and Office Communications Server 2007 within organisations using IBM Lotus Notes. This toolkit focuses on the following objectives: 1. Allow Notes users to immediately experience Office Communications...
  • Blog Post: Edge Planning Tool for OCS 2007

    Confused about Edge Server configuration and security? The best idea is to come to UNC316: Office Communications Server 2007 Security: Architecture and Edge Services with Derrick Buckley and Craig Pringle at Tech.Ed in Sydney next week :) But if you can't make it to Tech.Ed then it might be worthwhile...
  • Blog Post: Office Communications Server 2007 VoIP Test Set

    Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 VoIP Test Set enables you to simulate a SIP endpoint to test connectivity. VoIP Test Set for Office Communications Server 2007 supports emulation of a SIP endpoint to test connectivity. Emulation options include the following: Client emulation - To...
  • Blog Post: Office Communicator Mobile 2007 for WM5/6 - now available!

    Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile is a Unified Communications client for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. Communicator Mobile runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 or 6.0 software for Pocket PC and smartphone devices. Here are some screenshots from my phone. A presence indicator is installed...
  • Blog Post: Office Communications Server 2007

    We recently announced the private beta of the next version of LCS, named Office Communications Server. From the press release... REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 11, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today opened a private beta of its new enterprise voice communications server, Microsoft® Office Communications Server...
  • Blog Post: Download the RTM trial version of OCS

    A 180-day evaluation version of Office Communications Server is now available for download. So download now and it fire it up in your lab! Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Trial Download Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, formerly called Live Communications Server, delivers streamlined...
  • Blog Post: Is that an analog PABX in your pocket?

    Sure is!  (but I am also happy to see you)  This beast was recently purchased on eBay and is currently sitting in Microsoft's Melbourne office.   I love seeing the old 1950s phone next to the Communicator Phone Editions (aka Tanjay).  In UNC314 we will get these talking to each other...
  • Blog Post: I bow to Dave's geekhood

    Recently I posted on fellow uber-geek Anthony Vitnell and his OCS setup at home. In that post my mate from Nortel, Dave Lloyd, left a comment describing his home setup which sounded very impressive. Well I just got some photos of Dave's setup and they confirm that he is indeed the king. Check them...
  • Blog Post: Office Communications Server 2007 Supportability Guide

    I often get asked questions around recommended architectures for OCS, as well as what is supported and what is not. The best place to start for this information is the OCS Supportability Guide. This document is a great resource for information on what are the network/infrastructure requirements for OCS...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Updates November: Unified Communications

    In case you didn't see it at TechNet Australia ..... To support the Unified Communications Launch events in Sydney and Melbourne (more details to follow about these events), TechNet will be running a series of Technical Readiness events across the country for IT Professionals wanting to learn more about...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft, IBM Announce Inter-Domain Presence Federation

    News from VoiceCon San Francisco, over at No Jitter… http://www.nojitter.com/blog/archives/2008/11/microsoft_ibm_a.html
  • Blog Post: Forefront Security for Office Communications Server Now Available

    Microsoft Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS) provides fast and effective protection against IM-based malware by including multiple scanning engines from industry-leading security partners and can help to reduce corporate liability by blocking IM messages that contain inappropriate...