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  • Blog Post: Download Free UC e-books from Microsoft Press

    Microsoft Press 25th Anniversary "Free E-Book of the Month" Offers This will be our last month to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Microsoft Press with a free e-book offer. This monthly offer can be found in the top right corner of this monthly newsletter. It expires on June 24, 2009 , so...
  • Blog Post: OCS 2007 Release 2 details announced today

    We have been tight lipped about R2 for some time now and it has been hard as we have been wanting to share all the R2 goodness coming in a few months.  Finally, at VoiceCon today, we let the cat out of the bag.   Here is a highlight of some of the features coming in OCS 2007 Release 2 (Note...
  • Blog Post: 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: Option 1 The first option is the preferred option...
  • Blog Post: 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 threads, etc. I am all for unclogging the inbox...
  • Blog Post: 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 Ashley at NetworkWorld . The interview was about...
  • Blog Post: Is there a single page I can check to ensure I have the latest OCS 2007 R2 updates for server, client, and phone?

    Yes, the OCS product team has just released this very page here .  There are October updates for your Tanjay phone, OCS R2 server, Live Meeting and Communicator client.  Please update if you haven’t already done so as there are some nice server and client fixes for voice, video, conferences...
  • Blog Post: 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.  Fix any issues identified prior to rolling...
  • Blog Post: 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 OS can I run R2 on? All roles of Office Communications...
  • Blog Post: R2 Edge: What do I need from a Network perspective?

    This was a question from a national vocational university. They wanted to know if they needed multiple NICs/VLANs and a Perimeter for OCS R2 Edge since they didn’t have one already. One or two NICS? The answer is two NICs are now required for OCS R2 Edge where you could get away with a single NIC...
  • Blog Post: What I like about OCS R2 thus far and some new R2 screenshots

    I have been using the Office Communicator R2 beta builds internally for a few months and I have to say the OCS product team is doing a fantastic job thus far on it. A couple of things I really like right off the bat from an end-user’s perspective using R2:   1) Share Desktop Feature. This is so...
  • Blog Post: 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 depends and here is a useful flowchart from the R2...
  • Blog Post: Do I need a director with OCS R2?

    I was asked this from a school district in Southern California who was rolling out OCS R2 and enterprise voice for the all their faculty and staff. The answer depends on your OCS R2 architecture and whether your access is from internal or external networks.  For most schools, a single pool would...
  • Blog Post: OCS 2007 R2 Virtualization announcement

    Today, we announce OCS 2007 R2 virtualization support for certain OCS 2007 R2 roles. This includes our own Hyper-V technology as well as other SVVP certified virtualization technologies. I know a lot of schools have been waiting for this since they want to reduce HW footprints, etc.   What OCS R2...