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Supportability is available for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 on Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system

Finally! Why has it taken so long to support OCS 2007 R2 on Windows Server 2008? I have no idea!

However, now it’s supported…but don´t expect to upgrade to R2 without problems.

Microsoft Support KB982021

Office Communications Server 2007 R2, Office Communications Server 2007 or Live Communications Server 2005 does not work correctly after you upgrade a domain controller to Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system Microsoft KB982020

UC consultant – get a broader (business) perspective!

Unified Communications in all it´s technology oriented glory is amazing to work with. I really like to get some perspective on how customers (companies) adopt the technology in their organizations. Harvard Business Review gives you tech guys (me included) a broadened perspective.

Unified Communications (UC) has been the buzz word for a long time but I like the add an extra “C” to give it more relevance.
Building one silo for communication and another for collaboration is the wrong way to go! So let´s use the term UC&C (Gartner) as often as you can. To make it even easier to adapt, I like using “communication & collaboration” when talking to with

Harvard Business Review offers  – HBR Today – a great iPhone app that let´s you learn more by reading blogs, listening to audio/video casts.

In my job as Senior Consultant at UClarity, it´s the combination between technology and business that we want to offer our customers!

It´s not enough to tell the CEO/CTO/CFO that they will benefit from UC&C, it´s so much easier for a decision maker if they have a strong partner helping with a business case (that includes end-user feedback) and a strategy.

Don´t let Microsoft, IBM or Cisco build your UC&C strategy, that´s something that should be done by a vendor independent consultant.

Recap of Webcast OCS 2007 R2 Audio Conferencing + Try Microsoft UC for free!

Tonight’s Webcast Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Audio Conferencing Deep Dive (Level 300) will be availible here: http://bit.ly/bonqUQ. Dennis L. Thomsen did a great presentation, congratulation on presenting your first Webcast! Dennis is OCS MVP and you can find him at http://msgoodies.blogspot.com/

I asked Dennis of the prefered implementation (ACP replacement) method, his answer is “rip and replace”. I´ll just say: end-user training!

It´s my opinion that the no.1 reason for a OCS project failing is poor interaction with the users, mapping the business needs to the technical solution and training end users. Feedback is so important. Working at UClarity, I get a chance to see the results of end-user experience surveys. It´s interesting reading in many ways.

According to Dennis, many companies have their entire OCS project financed (in about 6 months) by the cost saving the make on replacing the old dial-in conferencing system (ACP) with OCS 2007 R2 dial-in conferencing.

A few links on dial-in conferencing:

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Quick Reference for Dial-in Conferencing
What is Dial-in Audio Conferencing?

Want to try Microsoft UC for free (60 days trial)?

  • Instant Messaging, Peer-to-Peer Voice/Video communications powered by Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 R2, including desktop sharing and federation with Microsoft.
  • Advanced email, calendaring and Unified Messaging powered by Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010.

Sign-up  https://r2.uctrial.com

Unified Communications: Great series of Webcasts on OCS and Exchange

Microsoft has gathered a series of webcasts in Unified Communications: Control Your Infrastructure 

“Discover how unified communications solutions from Microsoft, such as Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, deliver streamlined communications for your users. Learn how users can experience enhanced voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications, Web conferencing, and enterprise instant messaging from their PCs, regardless of their location”

http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/unifiedcommunications.aspx?tab=webcasts

I´ve signed up for the following Webcasts (please notice that as the date of the webcast is passed, the link will no longer work and you will find the recored webcasts here: http://bit.ly/bonqUQ

TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Audio Conferencing Deep Dive (Level 300)
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
11:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M. Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: ICE: The Secret of Edge Media Connectivity in Communications Server 2007 R2 (Level 300)
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
11:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M. Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Unified Messaging (Level 300)
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
11:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M. Pacific Time

Archived Webcasts that have great content!

TechNet Webcast: Voice Architecture and Planning for Communications Server 2007 R2 (Level 300)
Original Air Date: February 16, 2010

 
Enjoy!

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuration

Yes! Today I successfully wrote the 70-662 Exchange exam. I´m very satisfied with scoring 930.  I´ll recharge my batteries and study towards 70-663 (Designing Exchange 2010). Happy day 🙂

Microsoft Exchange 2010

Skills Measured :

  • Installing and Configuring Exchange Servers (15 percent)
  • Configuring Exchange Recipients and Public Folders (14 percent)
  • Configuring Client Access (15 percent)
  • Configuring Message Transport (15 percent)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (13 percent)
  • Implementing High Availability and Recovery (15 percent)
  • Configuring Message Compliance and Security (13 percent)

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-662

New Microsoft Office Communication Server Downloads: GPO Field Guide & Workload Architecture Poster

Presence Integration Between IM Applications and 2007 Microsoft Office SystemThis document describes how an instant messaging (IM) application is integrated with Microsoft Office 2007 to provide Presence, IM, as well as call and conferencing features

The Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Group Policy Field Guide uses clear explanations and practical examples to illustrate how and why you would use a policy in your organization
 
This download includes all available updates for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 XMPP Gateway
 
This poster gives you a visual of the different Communications Server 2007 R2 workloads, including how certificate requirements and DNS and firewall configuration come into play
 
This document describes the requirements and processes for activating and provisioning public instant messaging (IM) connectivity

CIO / CEO: Evaluate Cloud SaaS email & collaboration and get a head start

There´s a lost of fuzz about cloud / SaaS based email and collaboration solution, fixed costs and less worries attracts many CIOs / CEOs. Before you read tons of literature and listen to sales people from Microsoft, Google and IBM; try the experience for free and get a head start!

Click here to create a free demo account and try out the solutions, this makes is so much easier to compare!

Here are links to the most popular cloud (SaaS) based email and collaboration suites:

IBM Lotus Live

Goggle Apps

Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS)