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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 PIC with AOL and corporate domains

    So MSN/Live/Hotmail offers alternate domain names for corporate use (sometimes referred to as vanity names) and you can IM between OCS and MSN/Live/Hotmail with the following syntax username(contoso.com)@msn.com  ( original post ). AOL offers this service (unsure of Yahoo!) but that same syntax...
  • Blog Post: Quality of Experience (QoE) paper published

    The 2007 evaluation bits and documentation are beginning to get pushed to the Microsoft website for Office Communications Server. I would like to point out the Microsoft Quality of Experience paper under Planning. Here is the overview from the download page - Overview This document introduces Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: IP-IP Gateway Configuration Notes - external resource

    Chris was kind of to share his blog post on IP-IP Gateway configuration: http://voipnorm.blogspot.com/2008/12/ip-ip-gw-configuration-notes-for-ocs-to.html
  • Blog Post: OCS Training from Global Knowledge

    I happened to attend the demo of the proposed training that Thomas mentions on his blog . What I found most impressive was the involvement of Thomas and his peers of similar level to this training effort. The telephony training they planned to offer looks to be a really solid approach with 3 different...
  • Blog Post: Deployment Series - Time for RTM

    RTM is scheduled and on track for end of month so I will begin working on taking the deployment I have and upgrading to RTM bits when they become available. There appears to be work with AudioCodes to make a demokit for OCS available that matches the components I am working with for here also. I will...
  • Blog Post: Deployment Series: OCS QoE Monitoring Server deployment

    While my topology is not complete to provide sample output I did get to the point of installing Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Quality of Experience Monitoring Server this week. This was not as easy as I had hoped for a few reasons - I am not a SQL admin, I simply need a database for my...
  • 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: OCS Address Book publishing without ISA

    You will notice that in the 2007 documentation we moved to the phrase of reverse proxy when discussing the publishing of content, but obviously if we document any product it will be ISA. We never state you can't use another product, it is just that we don't test or document any of the competing products...
  • 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: Single Download for Documentation

    As the product grows, the ability to get all the documentation at one time is one of my personal desires. Here is the link for the UC Documentation Server and Client. I have requested that the download be updated to include everything which would include device information also.
  • Blog Post: Released: Office Communications Server 2007 Best Practices Analyzer

    The team I am on has been handling 3 distinct projects this year - handling critical LCS customers, driving the OCS 2007 TAP (technology adoption program) (my role) and the Best Practice analyzer. This Friday we reached the RTM milestone and you may now use the tool, please note the system requirements...
  • Blog Post: VoipWithoutBarriers Marketing site

    update May 17. It looks like there were some problems with this effort (not sure of the details). You can try it every once in a while, it should not come up to the microsoft.com/uc page. http://www.voipwithoutbarriers.com/ Allow the popup - its fun. Tom
  • Blog Post: OCS Deploy Series: Phase 1 - Standard Edition

    Remember in the opening post about this project I mentioned running since Beta 2, well it has been since Beta 1, wow it has been a LONG time running an unreleased product. I have not played with LCS 2005 in probably 6-8 months. Truth be told I began this project while on vacation at the house so I spend...
  • 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: Working with certificates

    I never claim to know everything about certificates but I do feel I know a fair amount. In working with a customer issue we had some questions on whether the certificate would be trusted by the PIC partners given the intermediate authorities. When asking one of the partners to look I simply provided...
  • Blog Post: OC Phone Edition wireless in the mountains!

    http://www.terrygold.com/t/2007/09/wireless-in-the.html This really grabbed my attention for a few reasons - 1) I have wanted an old 1977 FJ for a while 2) My wife would probably allow #1 but she really loves the new FJ Cruiser TRD Edition (amazingly hard to find a good pic online) 3) Terry did this...
  • 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: Locking down annotations in OCS Meetings

    This question came from our MVP's regarding the ability to prevent attendees from marking up the presentation. The presenter can do this in the following dialog. In the Attendees panel, select Permissions -
  • 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: Work Number displays as '+' on Phone Edition and fails on attempted dial

    The post below comes courtesy of one of the partners in our voice program. I took the liberty of modifying the format of his email alias to reduce spam. He provided permission to include the details of his auto signature. I am also retaining the use of the term Tanjay in the body of the message given...
  • Blog Post: Another blog to watch - Elan Shudnow

    <Sept 8 2009 rewording as Elan shared that some thought I meant director role as a job instead of about OCS. Now if I hear he got a raise or options, I expect to see a nice thank you gift. (grin)> Elan contacted me via my blog regarding how one would use the OCS Director server role and in conversing...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Public Beta Series

    I have run a version of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 since beta 2 and have been itching to share some more product information and hopefully valuable technical information for those working with the product. There are some customers and partners that have been running this as long as I...
  • Blog Post: OCS 2007 Strategic Hardware Partners - Gateways for voice

    If you are deploying OCS 2007 with the voice technology and mediation server role, here are the gateway vendors you want to be communicating with for a supported gateway. http://www.microsoft.com/uc/pdgtrials/default.mspx Update November 14, 2007 - This is the Microsoft Unified Communications Open...