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  • Blog Post: OCS 2007 R2 – Planning: Workbook and Tool

    I am going to work through the deployment as we suggest our partners to do. We provide them a planning workbook (currently discussing to be released as part of document set) and the planning tool. The planning workbook is designed to provide an overview of the product at a very high level and then a...
  • Blog Post: OCS 2007 R2, Lync Server 2010 and SQL server versions

    At this time we do not support OCS 2007 R2 or Lync Server 2010 with databases on SQL 2008 R2. I am sharing this because this is a fairly common question we receive and we point people back to the documentation on what we do support. The absence of something should always be presumed to be not supported...
  • Blog Post: 0-1-492 in Communicator Web Access 2007 R2 on Windows 2008 (French)

    We had some discussion among our MVP and OCS Master’s teams about 0-1-492 errors with CWA. Benoit mentioned having an existing blog post in French. http://unifiees.blogspot.com/   I used the Bing translator option to read in English. TomL LCSKid
  • Blog Post: Customers/Partners developing business solutions with R2

    When LCS was first introduced we used the terminology of the product being a presence platform and if you think of the solution being a platform in that it provides the core architecture for handling presence of endpoints that you are able to create custom code and workflow for I think it makes sense...
  • Blog Post: R2 Stress Tool error with wma file

    One of our partners had the following problem which they were able to resolve, it warrants being posted as I have not tested the tools and recieved the errors. Partner Question: Hi. I have setup a Front End server to handle 5000 users, two load generating clients for this server. They seem to be generating...
  • Blog Post: Hard to find DVT tool document

    We had a question regarding the whereabouts of the OCS Deployment Validation Solution document. I found it with a helpful hint from Rui by downloading the 2007 version of the tool - DVT.MSIT - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=3596A10D-65CC-4CCA-8470-3F23D5EA55B2&displaylang...
  • Blog Post: TextAnalysisTool.Net – Fantastic tool for analyzing large log files

    From my bio and posts you may have caught on to the fact I have supported this product since LCS 2003 and switched to Program Management (not for a feature or component but more of running projects and working with customers and partners in managed programs) around 2007. In the support role and continued...
  • Blog Post: Where are OC 2007 R2 Recent Contacts stored?

    A customer question was raised about wanting to delete the Recent Contacts entry list for users due to some alias changes and migrations. Nobody knew the answer right away and I was pretty sure it would be in the backend database somewhere. Turns out it is kept client side. If you want to know WHERE...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Group Chat client/server support matrix

    As customers were beginning to upgrade OCS 2007 R2 deployments with Lync, the question of support for Group Chat showed that what was originally thought to be a simple answer required a more complex matrix to illustrate. After conferring with the appropriate teams, this is the verbiage and table we...
  • Blog Post: OCS 2007 R2 Group Chat–SIOPS?

    Has the term SIOPs (Standard Input Output Panels) been mentioned in regards to Group Chat and you wondered what they were only to find that an Internet search turns up links saying it isn’t supported? They were not supported when Group Chat released but added later and when the documentation was published...
  • Blog Post: Lync and OCS with PIC during December holiday season

    PIC, the ability to IM between OCS/Lync with AOL, MSN/Hotmail/Live and Yahoo! is a great feature but during December each year any problem customers face hit one additional hurdle – Datacenter Lockdowns. The purpose of a lockdown is to bring stability for business or holiday reasons, which means folks...
  • Blog Post: Little tidbit on the R2 IM Only and No Voice text in 2415902

    There was a question today on the behavior with the update in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2415902 which adds further text to the presence states for IM Only and No Voice. The question is why are the text phrases different and the reason is we are using “positive/negative” phrasing of capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Good example of needing to understand Windows Domain principles: AD Groups with Group Chat

    There was an internal question about the ability to use Windows Active Directory Groups for securing Group Chat channels. Not finding it in the Group Chat content* I switched to my lab and created a group including the user that I first confirmed had access. I then removed that user and noticed that...
  • Blog Post: Who is configured for OCS and Lync Federation?

    While Microsoft maintains a list internally, we do not publish the company names that we federate with directly using OCS and Lync. Matt Landis has this blog post where he is gathering that data for those interested. Thanks Julian for the comment with other site - http://lyncdirectory.com TomL...
  • Blog Post: OCS 2007 R2 – Add Enterprise Edition Server

    I knew this one going in and I am always dismayed when I encounter it but I wanted to call it out for you while planning. When you choose the option to enable Archiving, CDR and QOE you have to have those roles running before you can complete the adding of a server to the pool. I will publish this post...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Wiki–R2 Firewall Port Settings

    I suspect this will be some welcome news for people working with OCS 2007 R2 and Lync Server 2010, we have begun to document the firewall ports needed with the deployments:  OCS 2007 R2 Firewall Port Settings As a Wiki this allows the community to contribute to the content which means it should...
  • Blog Post: UC How To and UC Adoption and Training Kit

    I found these resources a few months back and failed to blog about them for some reason. These represent content that is created with and for our own deployment as well as customer deployments. I like that the UC How To can be modified for the workload of the end user. If you have feedback on this content...
  • Blog Post: Group Chat Database Sizing Tool (xls) released

    A few weeks ago we released the Capacity Planning for Group Chat document and very quickly our MVP community began to question the validity of such a doc with no ability to actually gauge the requirements for the size of the database. Today we have released the spreadsheet to help with this effort. http...
  • Blog Post: Three R2 Edge Servers load balanced - lessons from support

    Today's post comes courtesy of Wes Glockzin , Support Escalation Engineer in Texas, wesglock at microsoft dot com. The following is a synopsis of an issue I had and things I learned with customer that is using three OCS 2007 R2 Edge servers load balanced and NAT/firewalled both internally and externally...
  • Blog Post: UCVUG Dec ‘09: Response Groups

    The Microsoft Unified Communications Virtual User Group (UCVUG) will be hosting it's quarterly meeting on December 8th, 2009 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (-5 GMT). This event will be broadcast online via Microsoft Live Meeting. Please register if  you plan to attend so that we can get a count of how...
  • Blog Post: Deploying OCS 2007 R2 – Getting Started

    OCS 2007 R2 will be reaching RTM, so I should document the deployment for you. Let me give some brief personal background and then deployment background. My current title: Senior Program Manager, Early Deployment and Readiness, Microsoft Unified Communications Group. I have supported the product starting...
  • Blog Post: Innovative web page using pictures with presence - Wortell

    One of our Microsoft Gold Certified Partners has a great page showing their team with images for their presence status. Today you don’t have the ability to invoke an IM but that is rumored to be coming in the future. http://www.wortell.nl/nl-nl/ourpeople/pages/onze-mensen.aspx   TomL LCSKid
  • Blog Post: Looking for information on upgrading OCPE (Tanjay)?

    Rick Varvel, Microsoft Consulting Services comes through with another great paper. I mentioned his papers for the Edge Server in the past and he has now dedicated time to the OC Phone Edition (OCPE, Tanjay) upgrade process. Due to some of our programs purchasing devices in advance of program needs...
  • Blog Post: R2 Capacity Planning Tool Released

    For those of you working with earlier product versions you will recall we had a Capacity Planning tool with LCS 2005 Sp1 but nothing for 2007. The R2 version has released as promised to many customers - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=f8cbddd6-7608-4bbe-9246...
  • Blog Post: Communicator R2 Custom Presence not working?

    Henry pointed out that my original post on Custom Presence was helpful up to the point of actually using it and couldn’t figure out why only https was working. I have not found this documented and in fact there is no KB article on it so I will start that process as well but the change is that in R2 when...