The Three UC Amigos

Three Microsoft UC technology specialists covering U.S. Education

February, 2009

  • Extending Schema for OCS R2

    OCS R2 does introduce new schema classes and attributes to accommodate for some of the new roles. So a schema update is required to deploy OCS R2 regardless if you have prepped for OCS RTM or not. Here are list of the Classes that are new (this is not...
  • Exchange UM questions

    These are a set of voicemail questions coming from a university in Chicago: Does a call made from the UM server through PBX have the originators number as the caller (play on phone option)? For Play on Phone, it depends on which number you pick. For example...
  • How do I get from OCS RTM (R1) to OCS R2?

    Do I have to migrate server or client to R2 first? Migrate the servers first and then clients. The preferred server option is called a side by side migration. More on that below.   What server options do I have to migrate to R2? You have two options...
  • We have the Edge

    The topology for OCS architecture has changed for R2. We know support three topologies: Consolidated Edge Load Balanced Consolidated Edge Multi-Site Consolidated Edge Consolidated Edge – in RTM We needed a Public IP address for the outside edge. In R2...
  • Want to make your Outlook 2007 client scream?

    Install this February 2009 Cumulative Update for Outlook 2007: 1. Install the update – Download page (e-mail registration required) 2. Read about What’s in the update – February CU Whitepaper 3. Read about Outlook Team post on the update – Outlook Blog...
  • Where should I store my OCS R2 global settings?

    I got this question from a Colorado customer.  They were getting this pop when installing R2: The question they had was: Where should I store the OCS R2 global settings in the System or Configuration containers?   The answer is of course it...
  • OCS R2 Planning Tool is released

    The Planning Tool is great for helping you with an initial design for OCS R2. The wizard will guide you through the process including discovery of design parameters such as web conferencing, enterprise voice, VoIP gateway, Mediation, etc. It uses this...
  • TTY Support

    A common request for RFP is support for TTY. What is it? A TTY is a device that enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-disabled to use the telephone by typing messages back and forth to one another instead of talking back and forth. In...
  • More R2 whitepaper and article goodness

    Since the launch we have had plenty of good R2 info coming in. Here is just sample:   ‘Time to Ebay the PBX’ NetworkWorld Podcast and article I also thought this was a great Podcast interview of Terry Gold, founder of Gold Systems , from Mitchell...
  • Desktop Sharing

    I think it’s important to point out that Desktop sharing can be done with Communicator Web Access across multiple platforms. Keep in mind that only IE, Firefox on Windows can host the session but it can be viewed on a variety of formats.
  • R2 customer questions

    Here are some questions I received from a school district in Hawaii. Aloha! and a university in Ft. Collins, Colorado: Is a Director server required for R2? A Director is not required but recommended – for most school sizes I have seen they typically...
  • You asked for it

    The next version of Exchange will support the OWA Premium experience in Firefox. For details check out the Exchange teams blog. http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2009/02/12/450639.aspx
  • Forefront for OCS

    Forefront Security for OCS Beta 3 Now Available The Beta 3 for Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS) is now publicly available for download.  FSOCS provides fast and effective protection against malware and out-of-policy content...
  • I lost my call didn’t I? Voice Quality in OCS R2

    One of the many interesting things we’ve added to OCS R2 is the idea of resiliency. In OCS RTM version when you were in an active call if your client lost connectivity to the Front-end server your call was terminated. In OCS R2 we don’t tear down the...