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The Prep Forest step requires a decision on the location for OCS Global Settings – you can choose to store these in the System container in the root domain (default and recommended) or the Configuration partition which is replicated Forest-wide.
Author: Andrew Sniderman
Publication date: April 2008
Product version: Office Communications Server 2007 R2
Refer to the OCS AD guide for addition detail on Active Directory Global Settings and Objects.http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb803604.aspx
Factors to consider for storing OCS Global Settings:
TipIf LCS/OCS is running into issues because of poor root connectivity – this typically shows up in poor MMC performance and errors in LCS/OCS server event logs – you can remove LCS/OCS from the forest and then rerun Prep Forest choosing the configuration partition. To remove LCS, first deactivate and remove all LCS and OCS servers, remove Prep Domain configuration (use the DomainUnPrep Action with LCSCmd.exe) and remove Prep Forest configuration (use the ForestUnPrep Action with LCSCmd.exe).
The following decision tree can be used as general guidance within the above context: