Exchange and UC

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Exchange and UC

  • Q:Exchange 2007 - Is it suitable for small business?A: Definitely

    One of the questions that always gets levelled at me about Exchange 2007 not being really suitable for small business and that it really is an Enterprise product. Here are the reasons why Exchange 2007 should be used in small business. In my experience...
  • Performance Impact of High Item Counts and Restricted Views

    This is a great article - during my days as a CPR engineer I spent many an hour understanding the impact of this and how it effected Performance on an Exchange server. It is very useful and will give you a better understanding of what an Exchange server...
  • The Elastic Fanatastic - RTAudio the adaptive codec

    Yesterday the UC team were in Manchester running the Public Sector Unplugged event. (Last one in London next week) It turned out to be a great event - well attended with an interactive audience who were keen to learn more about UC. The last session was...
  • My Demo environment - Part 2 OCS 2007 and Mediation Server

    Firstly when I started writing this I did not think it would be so long - it is only now that I have finished it I realised - Anyway hopefully it will be of use - In Part one I installed 2007 and got UM working with my Audiocodes box, fine but I now want...
  • Searching Multiple Mailboxes

    One of the great features within Exchange 2007 is that ability to do searches over multiple mailboxes. When I used to Administer Exchange systems I was asked many a time to find pieces of information that was buried in mailboxes. This was a long drawn...
  • How many Mailboxes can I put on my server?

    This is a very common question that I get asked, unfortunately there is not really an easy answer. To ensure that get the best out of your Exchange 2007 server you should have the following information to ensure you do not overload your mailbox servers...
  • Turning up the Diagnostic logging in Exchange 2007

    Harking back to my support days I was forever asking people to crank up diagnostic logging. In Exchange 2003 and earlier versions this was all controlled from the UI. In Exchange 2007 this is no longer the case and powershell needs to be used. This was...
  • Unified Communications News

    I have been a bit slow to get these announcements on my blog - but hopefully this post will cover most of the latest announcements Hopefully you have already seen the Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program site . It outlines the vendors...
  • OCS R2 Response Group

    I have been meaning to do this for a little while. I have finally managed to get some time to do it. Basically I have recorded two videos. The first is how to go about setting up a response group,  using rgscot to create the contact object and then...
  • Enhancing Presence by adding new states

    I learnt some great things at TechReady - here is one of them You have probably read that in OCS 2007 we can have enhanced presence. What does this mean - well depending on the Organisation you work in there maybe states of presence that are more relevant...
  • OCS Planning tool

    The OCS Planning tool is available It is a great start to plan your OCS topology producing diagrams as below Download it now
  • My Demo Environment - UM

    As I posted earlier I am writing a series of posts on how I set up my UC demo environment, In this post I am going to talk about how I set up UM - this is a pretty basic setup but for me being very new to the whole telephony arena it was a good learning...
  • CCR Clusters on Virtual Machines

    This is the kind of email that I like to get, basically Bri at the GTSC sent this out. It has everything in it humour and great info. It was entitled "The Grandmother of all Exchange 2007 CCR installation documents" Read and understand how to set up CCR...
  • OCS Speech Server 2007 - I am blown away

    I was tasked with doing a UC demo by our illustrious leader at a recent group meeting. The brief was simple you have 5-10 minutes to blow them away. Not an easy task to achieve to an audience of about 250 who have mostly seen and are using Microsoft UC...
  • Exchange 2007 Architecture Poster

    If you want to impress your friends and colleagues or just have a reference poster for Exchange 2007 - there is a great poster available here It covers everything in Exchange 2007 and is great to print out and put on the wall. So the next time someone...
  • Live Meeting licenses now available for partners

    I realise that this has been a bug bear for a lot of partners, the fact that LM licenses were not available to you - and dare I say it you had to use other Technologies. Well we have listened to the feedback and now you can get the following "On March...
  • My Demo Environment - Part 3 Integrating Exchange 2007 UM with OCS

    So far I have tried to highlight how to get OCS and UM working separately. But obviously if we can integrate these two products together the user experience just gets better. For instance you can:- Call Voicemail from Communicator See missed call notifications...
  • What a difference a year makes!!!

    There has been a bit of a lull in my blogging, for a number of reasons, I have been very busy seeing Partners and Customers (that is for the benefit of my manager:-)) I have been beaten by other bloggers about topics I wanted to blog about and I don't...
  • Shell Case Study

    One of the re-occuring questions I get whenever I am meeting partners and customers is "So who is using Office Communication Server?" I can reel off a whole load of Organisations. Plus I use it day in day out - I no longer have a phone line...
  • WebReady Document Access

    So this was one of my top ten Exchange 2007 features. I promised to explain more about it so here it is Before this was implemented I guess a lot of users suffered similar hardships to me. Namely I would be happily working away from the corporate network...
  • What's New in R2

    Everyone knows that R2 is just around the corner, but frustratingly unless you are a Microsoft employee or on one of the partner programmes you cannot get hold of the bits to play with it yourself. Hopefully these videos on edge.technet.com will provide...
  • New Transporter Suite for Lotus Domino Servers, and generic IMAP/POP sources

    A new version of the Transporter suite has been released that will aid you in moving from the systems above to Exchange 2007. Download it from here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=35fc4205-792b-4306-8e4b-0de9cce72172&displaylang...
  • Using 3g for Communicator Video Calls

    This is not the first time it has happened and I bit not the last. One part of my role is going to events to demonstrate the technology. As part of the preparation I was always ask the event organisers to ensure we have at least have a wireless internet...
  • OCS APIs

    If you haven't seen them before the following OCS API's are now available http://blogs.msdn.com/jcalev/archive/2007/05/07/introduction-to-the-ucma-api-part-1-api-overview.aspx They are detailed on Joe Calev's blog very well and it explains exactly what...
  • BTW - OCS Launch is October 17th

    Pretty common knowledge I know but I have not actually blogged the registration details. The UK Launch is in London. I'll be there and there willalos be some very interesting and enlightening speakers So if you are an IT Decision maker - register here...