The Three UC Amigos

Three Microsoft UC technology specialists covering U.S. Education

April, 2010

  • How does Federated Calendar sharing work in Exchange 2010?

    I was asked this by a university in the Midwest with 18 unique Exchange organizations. They wanted to share calendar information amongst the Exchange orgs. (Most diagrams courtesy of Exchange Product team)   What are the benefits of Exchange 2010...
  • Enabling OCS integration with Exchange 2010 – IM

    I was in Maryland this week and one of my customers wanted to know how to integrate OCS with Exchange for OWA Chat and Presence.  To get Office Communication Server IM integration with Outlook Web Apps, we need to work on the following area: · Install...
  • New Exchange 2010 installation guide templates

    I get asked if we have any step by step Exchange 2010 deployment templates/documents quite often. The nice part about these guides are they are in Word format so you can build your own production build out documentation for your Exchange 2010 deployment...
  • Office Closure and Exchange Unified Messaging

    A common question that I get with Academic customer in implementation of Unified Messaging is around the addition of Announcements into the Automated Attendants. They typically use their old voice mail system to provide information such as school or campus...
  • Support for Windows 2008 R2

    So testing is complete and we now support Windows 2008 R2 for deployment with OCS 2007 R2. There are some scenarios that aren’t supported for Windows 2008 R2: 1. OCS 2007 R2 Group Chat won’t function in a Windows 2008 R2 forest or when GC member server...
  • Are there ways to leverage my existing SIP phone investments with OCS?

    Yes, there are a few ways to leverage your existing SIP phones (Cisco, Avaya, SIP softphones):   SmartSIP from NET – allows you to connect your existing SIP phones such as Aastra, Cisco, and SIP softphone (X-lite, etc) on a Mac to OCS   SmartSIP...
  • Exchange 2010 SP1 info released

    We can now share some of the new features coming with Exchange 2010 Sp1:   Archive/E-discovery improvements Bulk import of PST files into Exchange Archives – useful if you have network based PSTs and would like to get rid of network based PSTs Separate...
  • Are there any PBX settings I could reference to help get me going with Exchange 2010 UM?

    I was asked this by a school district in Utah converting their entire school district (12,000 seats) to Exchange 2010 voicemail.  The answer is yes. We have tested several PBXes and developed PBX configuration notes you can leverage to assist you...
  • Communications Server Conference this summer June 15-16th in Boulder, CO

    If you are looking to get a deeper dive on Microsoft’s UC stack, Tom Cross has put together a unique Microsoft Communications Server Expo/Conference this Summer in Boulder, Co. Read more below:   "MCS-Microsoft Communications Server Moving into...