The Three UC Amigos

Three Microsoft UC technology specialists covering U.S. Education

August, 2008

  • How can I speed up the Exchange Management Shell launch?

    Have you noticed it takes quite a long time to open up the Exchange command shell? I timed it and it takes anywhere from 20 to 30 seconds to launch. I found a way to knock this down to 2-3 seconds. This script updates the GAC with some of the Exchange...
  • Emergency Notification

    I found out something new today. If you are PIC (Public IM Connector) enabled in OCS you get a great benefit from AOL. AOL includes an SMS service. I can go into communicator and send a message to a mobile user using communicator. This is really cool...
  • ISAP errors on Exchange 2007

    I just reinstalled Exchange 2007 on Windows 2008 in Hyper-V and I was coming across an error with the ISAPI Filters. Event ID: 2268 Raw Event ID : 2268 Record Nr. : 3746 Source: W3SVC-WP Category: None Type : Error Machine : EX2007EDU Description: Could...
  • Is there a way to get Office Communicator inside of Outlook?

    I had a few SameTime/Notes schools who were switching to Exchange 2007 and OCS 2007 ask me if there was a way to embed Office Communicator client inside of Outlook? The answer is yes. There sample add-on available here along with source. Here is what...
  • Federation with Microsoft and with Education Institutions

    How do you build a community? Federate! In OCS 2007 you have the ability to federate with other schools, other companies (including Microsoft), and federate with Public IM (AOL, MSN, and Yahoo). Some of our OCS customers have federated with the Microsoft...
  • Is there a way to separate OCS server administration between pools in the same domain? Can't we all just get along Part II

    I had this question today from a large University in the Midwest and after some digging I found the answer to this is yes: Here are the steps to do this: 1) Create two Universal security admin groups in ADUC such as OCSserverPool1group and OCSserverPool2group...
  • Schema changes and OCS

    I have a customer that's asked about OCS Global settings and whether to install in the system container of the root domain or in configuration partition. Reasons for setting objects into configuration partition include: limited access to the root domain...
  • Can't we all just get along? Part I

    Scenario 1: Delegating Setup (Installation and Activation) Mark and I run into this problem in HiED often. We want to deploy but we are completely decentralized. Each department runs their own gear. We may have a central AD infrastructure but this model...
  • Voicemail - Do I retain it?

    What are your message record retention policies? Some customers I've worked with are very hesitant to store voicemail and email on the same system. They are fearful that this would provide them with a legal or retention problem. If you have obligations...
  • What if I have external users?

    This is where the real value of OCS is. I can invite users outside my organization (Visiting Staff, Educators, Students) to participate or lead in a web conference. The tool to do this is the OCS Conferencing Add-in for Outlook. In this short video I...