The Three UC Amigos

Three Microsoft UC technology specialists covering U.S. Education

September, 2008

  • Exchange 2007 and Windows 2008 AD

    I had another question today on AD requirements with Windows 2008. The customer has some AD servers that are Windows 2003 and will be introducing new ones that are Windows 2008. Here are some pre-req's:   Each AD site where Exchange 2007 exist needs...
  • SCP is good for me

      Customer today asked me about Outlook 2007 clients. They are planning on doing there schema update for Exchange 2007 and curious what this does to the Outlook 2007 clients. The 'service-connection-point' class is defined in the schema and the SCP...
  • Federation in Higher Education

    Previously I posted information about Federating across Universities for collaboration . One of my colleagues at Indiana University, Matt Dixon, has setup a registry for Universities to understand who is federated and how to federate with them. This is...
  • Setup of Edge for Federation with Public IM

    The First Step after installation of the Access Edge and activating the server is to configure the server. Run the Configuration Wizard and enable the server for federation.     Before I start setting up Federation with Public IM it is important...
  • What is Exchange Server’s market share?

    I had this question asked by a large Midwestern university medical center with regards to health care penetration of Exchange.  Here is what I dug up from a Ferris study of over 900 businesses representing 10.6 millions messaging users:   Exchange...
  • Unified Communications overview in Education webcast available

    I got a chance to do a Tuesday Tech talk on Unified Communications for Education and they recorded it for your viewing pleasure. I turned on my RoundTable for the session and demoed several pieces of UC including web conferencing, ActiveSync, OWA, CWA...
  • How do I get OCS presence to work inside of SharePoint?

    This is was from a Midwestern university which asked a question around how does MOSS and OCS work together. Below is a sample of how presence or click to chat/call is surfaced in MOSS:   Based on above you would think there would be some server side...
  • I want to deploy Exchange Server 2007 on Hyper-V. What works?

      I found this useful TechNote on support boundaries for Exchange 2007 running on Hyper-V:   Terms You  Should Know: Hypervisor — a layer of software sitting just  the hardware and beneath one or more operating systems Root —the physical...
  • Customer asks "How can I ensure that messages in an archive are tamper-proof?"

    I believe the real question is how can I prevent my organizations messages from being tampered. The answer is PKI. Public Key Infrastructure. In Exchange 2007 PKI is used for a number of things from self-signing on install to PKI for TLS for the Edge...
  • Create an Interactive Whiteboard for $55 vs. $2000+

    I thought this was pretty amazing to watch with some very simple items you can have an amazing smartboard for any surface. I love gadgets so I am taking this project on. I figured it may be an interesting way to kick off a demo of OCS/Exchange with schools...
  • We trust each other don't we part II: Can I share Free/Busy information between two Exchange 2007 organizations?

    Here is some additional information to supplement Greg's post. I had the same question this week from a Pacific northwest university so this must be Free/Busy week.   Here are the prerequisites required for this to work: 1.  Representation of...
  • We trust each other don't we?

    The Dean of XYZ on Main Campus needs to be able to setup meetings with the Dean from XYZ at the Medical School. Sounds easy. Well, the Main Campus has one forest and the Medical School has another forest and neither are trusted. In earlier Exchange versions...
  • Spam from your own Domain

    One of my HiED customers asked me the other day about SPAM coming from within campus going to the Internet. Sites blacklisting you because it appears that SPAM was coming from your domain or even your address. Check out this blog on how to prevent this...
  • How does faxing work with Exchange unified messaging?

    I had this question from a university in the rocky mountain range.  With Exchange Server 2007 unified messaging, the UM server can directly detect a fax tone using the T.38 FOIP (Fax Over IP) standard and route inbound faxes to an extension. It does...
  • Planning your Edge Servers

    The Edge Planning Tool asks questions about your proposed or current edge server deployment. The tool uses your answers and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 best practices to generate the following reports: Settings that you can use to configure...
  • Populate?

    A customer asked me yesterday about pre-staging clients with contacts. They were looking to add staff/faculty groups and contacts to Office Communicator. I knew this could be done from the OCS 2007 Resource Kit via WBEM (LCSAddContacts.wsf) but after...
  • What type of bandwidth does OCS web conferencing use?

    I had this question from a large school district down in Florida and the answer is it depends on what aspects of the OCS conference you are using. Here is a bandwidth breakout of the conference scenarios:   Application Sharing bandwidth: Peak Bandwidth...