Productivity in the Cloud

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Productivity in the Cloud

  • Undo Send

    Interesting to see Google have introduced an “ Undo Send ” feature in Gmail. Personally I think this is a great feature – and in fact I have a similar setup in Outlook/Exchange 2007 via an Outlook rule. This means that all emails sit in my Outbox for...
  • Creating OCS Access Edge DNS SRV records in BIND

    The OCS deployment guides have step-by-step instructions on creating the necessary DNS SRV records in Windows DNS Server , but what if you're using BIND as your external Internet-facing DNS server? First you'll need an A record for the external IP...
  • Useful tools for working with OCS

    This week I've been asked a lot about what tools I use for designing and managing OCS platforms. Here are some recommendations: OCS Resource Kit tools - this is definitely the best collection of utilities available. My personal favourites from the Resource...
  • 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). ...
  • New Exchange Server 2007 podcasts available

    TechNet Webcast: Troubleshooting Exchange Server Mail Flow Issues Using the Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant 1.1 (Level 300) "In this webcast, we explore the Microsoft Exchange Server Mail Flow Analyzer, which is part of Microsoft Exchange Troubleshooting...
  • Email overload? PIFEM!

    Do you get more email each day than you can handle? Are you up until midnight doing email? Do you miss important emails? I receive literally hundreds of emails every day, most of which need some sort of action, and not being able to process them effectively...
  • Communicator Mobile 2007 R2

    At the Office Communicator Team blog we’ve just released information on the soon-to-be-released Communicator Mobile (aka CoMo) R2 client. Those who have used CoMo 2007 will be happy to know that we have made huge improvements in data consumption and battery...
  • Exchange Server 2007 Component Architecture

    This poster highlights the architecture and feature set of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. Aside from showing the high-level architecture, this poster highlights the feature set of Exchange Server 2007. Sections include: Management and Monitoring High...
  • PIFEM - a closer look

    I recently posted on a new email management system called Pay It Forward Email Management (PIFEM). The response has been amazing, however some of you have asked for screenshots of how I use this system day-to-day. Well here are some screenshots of...
  • Exchange 2007 Visio stencil

    Thanks to Anthony Vitnell for passing this on... This stencil and template provided enable you to create Visio drawings that contain Exchange Server 2007 objects. These shapes include icons for Exchange 2007 server roles, networking, telephony and...
  • Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Workload Architecture Poster

    This poster of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 describes the traffic flow of protocols and ports used in each workload. Communications Server 2007 R2 supports the following workloads: IM and Presence, Conferencing, Application Sharing, and Enterprise...
  • Advantages of DAS over SAN storage in Exchange 2007

    You may have heard me talk about this at TechEd, and some of my customers will recall long discussions with me about the merits of using Direct Attached Storage rather than SANs in Exchange 2007. Storage Area Networks (SAN) have become increasingly...
  • OCS 2007 R2 on Windows Server 2008 R2

    Supportability is available for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 member server role on a Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system.  Details at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982021
  • 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...
  • Vista + Media Center = Love Heart

    My after-hours pet project over the last week has been assembling a new Vista Media Center PC. I decided against buying a pre-built machine and instead bought the components to assemble myself. Antec Fusion case - absolutely awesome. Excellent...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Office 365 is coming

    The next big transition in Microsoft’s journey to the cloud is almost here… Office 365 is a major update to Microsoft Online Services, and is really delivering on the promise that We’re All In! Office 365 provides easy access to best of breed collaboration...
  • Jabra Dial 520

    Jabra have recently announced a few new products for Office Communicator – the M5390 headset and the Dial 520 OC handset . I’ve managed to get my hands on the Dial 520 handset, and am happy to say that it is now my preferred device for softphone calling...
  • Video Series: Exchange 2007 SP1 Standby Continuous Replication (SCR)

    From You Had Me At EHLO... Beta 2 of Service Pack 1 Exchange Server 2007 is available for public download and preview for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. As I wrote in my blog entry, Standby Continuous Replication in Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1...
  • 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
  • BlackBerry Client for OCS 2007

    Research In Motion (RIM) have had a BlackBerry LCS client for some time, but in case you hadn't heard they have now released a client for OCS 2007. BlackBerry® Client for use with Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 allows you to engage...
  • Movember the 21st

    Week 3 of Movember is here, and my porn star Mo is slowly growing. Yes I know, it’s pathetic :(  I’m genetically facial-hair-challenged.  But I can feel it, and so can the ladies .   Some of the other Microsoft Mo Bros… John Smith (his...
  • Voicemail: a story of unrealised potential

    This whitepaper details the value that Exchange 2010's Unified Messaging capabilities offer to empower your users, reduce cost and manage risk by replacing your voicemail system. Voicemail is a relatively mature technology. It is so thoroughly established...
  • Download free OCS R2 e-books, but be quick!

    For the next few days you can download free copies of some MS Press e-books on OCS 2007 R2.  Simply sign up for the Microsoft Press Book Connection Newsletter for notification of offers, register, and download the selection of the month. Programming...