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
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.
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”
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
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
Here is a great recap from the “Inside OCS” blog, I´ll do a follow up soon!
“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.”
“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
I´ve recently asked Microsoft Sweden which MS approved/certified SIP Trunk providers that can deliver as of today.
Interoute can deliver a SIP Trunk as of today. TeliaSonera are in the process of getting certified but are not there yet.
If you have more information of swedish SIP Trunk providers that supports Office Communications Server 2007 R2, please comment this article.
More information on SIP Trunking providers
Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program | TechNet
Dr Rez has written an excellent Technet Article on SIP Trunking!
SIP Trunking: What Is It? Why Do I Need It? How Do I Deploy It?