The Three UC Amigos

Three Microsoft UC technology specialists covering U.S. Education

January, 2009

  • OCS 2007 R2 Hardware and OS requirements

      64-bit only As you know, R2 is moving to a 64-bit only platform to achieve greater scalability. 32-bit versions of OCS 2007 R2 will no longer be supported in production. This lines up with Exchange and other products moving this direction.  ...
  • What is new for OCS 2007 R2 architectures?

    I had a chance to review an upcoming OCS 2007 R2 architecture planning document and I have summarized some of the 350 page document below:   R2 Topology options Similar to the current release of OCS there are three topologies to consider for your...
  • What do I need to prepare for to deploy OCS R2?

    With R2 on the horizon (Feb. 3rd), I figured you should know about some of the things to prepare for deploying R2.   Run the OCS Best Practice Analyzer If you have OCS 2007 today, you should run the OCS BPA to get a snapshot of your OCS environment...
  • Bye Bye WebDAV

    Entourage has long been critized with it's access to exchange. I remember getting questions about RPC over HTTPS and whether or not Entourage uses MAPI. Well it didn't and still doesn't. It did however utilize WebDAV to provide a connection to Exchange...
  • How many Ports?

    Gateway sizing in OCS R2. When estimating the amount of ports on campus, use these guidelines: · Light telephony users (one PSTN call per hour) should allocate one port for every 15 users. For example, if you have 20 users, you will require a gateway...
  • Disaster Recovery and OCS

    I have a customer that is looking at a full site recovery with OCS. They have one Enterprise Pool in one location and another Enterprise Pool in a secondary location. The first thing that is required for the backup is to understand what is needed for...
  • Exchange 14 video and info announced today

    A video was published today by our Exchange team discussing our upcoming release of Exchange 14 here . The key message being: Exchange 14 represents a new generation of Microsoft server technology that is designed, built and tested from the ground up...
  • Happy New Year!!! Back to OCS Deployment...How do I deploy OCS with Cisco Load Balancers?

    One of my customers was looking for guidance. 'From the Cisco Guidance"...The Cisco ACE configuration required to support Office Communications Server 2007 is not complicated and can be easily deployed. • Layer 3 Virtual IP (VIP) can be used...
  • Archiving with OCS

    One of our customers asked me about view content of IM with OCS. Can this be done or do we need 3rd party. The good thing is we don't need a 3rd party tool but it is an administrator toolset. I'm hoping for more of a RBAC method in the future (my wishlist...
  • Speech Server Licensing

    One of our customers today asked about licensing of OCS Speech Server. Speech Server is part of OCS 2007 and requires a server license (Standard or Ent) and may also incur cost of CALs. When do I need CALs, when the application requires authentication...