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Public IM Connectivity

Public IM Connectivity

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What is PIC? Public IM Connectivity is the ability for an on-premise OCS 2007 install base to communicate with cloud services such as MSN, AOL, and Yahoo.

As customers have been onboarding with Live@EDU the students are using the Windows Live Messenger but staff/faculty have Exchange 2007 and OCS 2007 on-premise so how do we do communication? Today we provide these services as part of an agreement with AOL, Yahoo, and MSN which is subscription based.

In a scenario where 5000 staff/faculty wish to communicate with Windows Live, AOL, and Yahoo based students with OCS they would need 5000 licenses regardless of how many students they communicate with. They may have 50,000 or 100,000 students in different cloud services but they can communicate with them all with 5000 subscription licenses.

Step 1: The licenses must be purchased through your LAR (your reseller).

Part Number               Description

A9S-00005                 Office LCS Connct Pblc IM AllLang MnthlySub MVL Per User

Step 2: Activate. After the order is processed the specified contact on the agreement will receive an email with instructions on how to activate the licenses using the online services portal.

You must activate the online service at:

Activation requires the following information:

Consolidated Edge FQDN

Primary SIP domain

additional domains

contact information.

Step 3: Wait. It will take a few weeks before the authorization and FQDN are processed by AOL, MSN, and Yahoo.

Step 4: Configure Consolidated Edge for PIC Federation.

Configure Edge Server and enable federation.

  • What is PIC? Public IM Connectivity is the ability for an on-premise OCS 2007 install base to communicate

  • I heard in a recent MS event that the MSN Connectivity has been made free and there is no need for any licensing to federate with MSN alone. Any further news on how this can be acheived?

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