The Three UC Amigos

Three Microsoft UC technology specialists covering U.S. Education

April, 2009

  • What is Group Chat Server in OCS R2?

    I have had quite a bit of interest in education with the new OCS R2 Group Chat Server functionality. We are just starting to use this internally and people are really liking this great new way of collaboration and idea sharing vs. traditional email...
  • Desktop Sharing with OCS R2

    I was asked by a school to provide more detail around the new desktop sharing feature in OCS 2007 R2.   What is desktop sharing? Desktop sharing is the ability to share your desktop from a PC directly from the Communicator client with other communicator...
  • Licensing Change for OCS R2

    When we launched OCS R2 in Feb. the licensing for the product changed. Let’s talk about the client license first. OCS Standard CAL now includes Group Chat. OCS Enterprise CAL now includes desktop sharing, dial-in conferencing, Team Call, Delegation, Response...
  • Office Roundtable

    At Voicecon we announced that Polycom has licensed the ability to distribute Office Roundtable starting April 13. The device has been re-labeled as the CX5000. More info on the device can be found here . Microsoft will continue to support all Roundtables...
  • Exchange 2010 – Evaluation bits have arrived!

    Grab your beta evaluation copy of Exchange 2010 here .   What is new in Exchange Server 2010?:   Flexible and reliable · Remove the need to deploy complex and costly clustering and third-party data replication products for full-scale Exchange...
  • Working with the Mac

    I’ve spent the last few days working on a Mac and setting up Entourage with Exchange Web Services. This is still in beta but I am very impressed with how clean the experience is esp. considering the old method was WebDAV. After downloading the beta bits...
  • R2 Edge planning tool just released

    This is a very nice tool as it will help layout your OCS R2 Edge environment: You can enter all your IP information via the wizard and it provides a nice Edge summary at the end:   Along with Firewall rules: Certificate needs: DNS needs: and how...
  • Can I make native voice calls through OCS on a Mac or non-PC platforms?

    I get asked this quite a bit from schools as they want the ability to place/receive voice calls on the Mac or Linux using OCS R2. The answer is yes if you leverage the SmartSip technology from our partner Evangelyze. You can make and receive voice calls...
  • Exchange 2010 and OWA

    WOW!!! My customers have been asking for this forever. In the past I had to point out that the best experience was for web access was with Internet Explorer. But the response I would get is that being in an academic environment I can’t dictate what students...
  • Where should I place my Exchange UM server?

    This is a common question I get since your PBX may not be in the same place as your mailbox servers.   Where do I put the Exchange UM components if I have a PBX in one location and an Exchange mailbox in another?   The typical rule of thumb...
  • What are some OCS 2007 R2 tools I can use to help me?

    Here are a few useful tools for your R2 deployment I found you can use:   R2 Capacity Planning/Stress tool (new): The Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Capacity Planning Toolkit provides a set of tools and documentation to simplify capacity planning...
  • Right Sizing your Network for OCS R2

    In order to understand bandwidth requirements for OCS it’s important to first model expected usage and right provisioning the network. You will also have to manage usage and grow in line with your business needs. Bottom line – Measure Well!!   Bandwidth...
  • Site Resiliency for Exchange 2007

    This topic has come up twice in the same week. Quite a hot topic. We’ve talked about CCR and SCR in the past this topic will focus on options for site resiliency. This is where we have a primary and secondary center. The first item to understand is what...
  • Outbound Filtering

    One of my customers needed a way to scan outgoing mail by using the content filtering anti-spam agent. By default this agent does not work on trusted connections, therefore all emails sent from your Hub server to your Edge Transport server using the Internal...