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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)

Office Communications Server 2010 (wave 14) recap

Here is a great recap from the “Inside OCS” blog, I´ll do a follow up soon!

Source: http://blog.insideocs.com/2009/12/29/ocs-in-2010-the-uc-14-wave/

“1) A new version of Office Communications Server (likely to be called OCS 2010).  Here are the highlights:

  • Capable of being a full PBX replacement (another step in Microsoft’s software powered telephony vision).
  • New “Branch Survivability” features (more branch availability options besides deploying more servers).
  • Emergency 911 support.
  • PSTN Failover.
  • Analog Device Support.
  • Remote Call Control will be deprecated (existing RCC deployments will likely be able to upgrade and be supported).
  • There will likely be a new ‘Voice CAL’ (Client Access License) for users to access the new enterprise-voice features.

2) A new version Office Communicator (code-named “14” right-now).

3) New OCS Server and Client Development SDK’s:

  • A set of fully supported (not just samples) Communicator controls in WPF and Silverlight.
  • UCMA 3.0 will be a server-side API with workflow activities.
  • Much more information is available in Chris Mayo’s PDC session (see below).
  • An Early Adopter Program is available if you are interested in getting an early look at the SDKs.”

Office Communicator 2007 R2 integration with Office 2010

“Instant messaging at work will be a snap for you with Microsoft Office 2010, and so will all the related functions of your Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 application. That’s because Office Communicator 2007 R2 is tightly integrated into Outlook 2010, and works seamlessly with the familiar Office applications that users employ daily”
More information here

Lowering TCO and getting faster ROI with Microsoft Exchange Sever 2010 and BPOS

My career as an IT Pro started in 1997, the same year as Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 was released. I didn´t make it in time to actually design and implement 5.5 but I did a number of migrations to Exchange 2000/2003.

I´m happy that Exchange Server 5.5 has evolved and it´s been mature for quite a while, still it´s with Exchange 2010 that it´s finally grew up and left it´s teen period.

The big news with Exchange 2010 is DAG = Database  Group, which makes high availability so much easier. Forget about active / passive clusters with expensive SAN disk and lot´s of administration. DAG transforms your mailbox server into an almost domain controller like state. This means that you can use direct attached storage to each mailbox server. The server hardware no longer has to be identical. How does this work? Well to begin with, Outlook clients no longer connect directly to the mailbox server; all traffic (Outlook RPC, Anywhere and OWA) is routed to the client access server (CAS). You can easily load balance multiple CAS servers using NLB. The client access list keeps track of which mailbox server to contact, and if the mailbox server goes offline it looks in the mailbox server priority list and takes the next one in the list.

Storage groups has been thrown in the trashcan, this is lovely! Just create a database and connect it to the DAG, and choose which servers to include in it. Now all databases are replicated between each other.

If you combine DAG with a retention policy that is synchronized with your policy on how long deleted emails should be stored, you can build an Exchange mailbox server topology that doesn’t require any backup at all!

If you have an 3rd party archiving solution in Exchange 2007, you can most likely get rid of it when you upgrade to Exchange 2010, this is because EXchange 2010 now includes a built-in archiving solution.

If you´re sitting on an older Exchange version – building a business case on how much money that can be saved would be very interesting!

If you combine the cost lowering features in Exchange 2010 with BPOS you will have happy users and more budget space for that cool training course you long for! Identify different user profiles withing your organization, from a BPOS perspective.

There´s no longer a problem having a mixed user base consisting of on premise Exchange / Outlook 2010 users and BPOS user running Outlook / OWA. A seamless user experience and migration between on premise and BPOS is here.

This may sound like a Microsoft commercial, well it´s not. I happen to like Microsoft Exchange but I recommend you to evaluate other options when moving email to the cloud (SaaS). Lotus Live is really existing and you can evaluate is for free!

A good DAG posting here: http://www.exchange-genie.com/2009/04/database-availability-group-dag-exchange-2010/

By they way, if you know of any good resources for 70-662, let me know 🙂