Clarification on OCS Edge Interface Support

August 12, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

A question that comes up almost weekly in the TechNet discussion forums is: "Can I use only one network card in my Edge server?" Background A definitive answer has always been difficult to nail down as my testing, other user’s experiences, different Microsoft documents, and some other sources all seem to slightly contradict each other.  […]

Uninstalling OCS 2007

July 8, 2008 by · 11 Comments 

The most common reasons I have seen for uninstalling Office Communications Server 2007 from an environment are typically to remove a pre-release beta version or test deployment, or to start from scratch after a botched deployment.  In either scenario it’s often desired to completely remove all aspects of OCS and start fresh.  This approach is […]

Deploying OCS 2007 in a Windows 2008 Domain

July 3, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Recently I’ve seen this topic popping up more often in the TechNet forums and decided to try it myself.  I ran through the install in a fresh lab with Windows 2008 Active Directory (2003 Forest functional level and 2008 Domain functional level) and a single Windows 2003 SP2 Member Server. I had read some posts […]

Programmatically Enabling Users for OCS 2007

June 25, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

I’ve run across a couple situations where enabling users for OCS via the Management Console proved to be a bit cumbersome, typically when wanting to only select a certain subset of accounts among a list of thousands.  So I set off to figure out how to easily perform the same action by manipulating the AD […]

Object Filtering with the Microsoft Notes Connector

May 22, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

Although I might be one of just a few currently working on the bleeding-edge technology of synchronizing Lotus Domino/Notes directories with Microsoft Active Directory via Exchange 2003, I figure I’d share this little tidbit of information.  According to Microsoft Product Support this is not documented anywhere in TechNet and I had to open a ticket […]

Converting a Mail-Enabled User into Mailbox-Enabled

May 20, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

I recently needed to create few thousand mail-enabled users in Active Directory for a project in which the original plan was to use a third-party mail migration product to later mailbox-enable and then migrate data in from another directory.  But as plans changed I found that we were going to need to manually convert a […]

More on OCS Phone Number Normalization

April 25, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

(This post is a more in-depth follow-up to my original blog entry on the subject: Enabling Custom Phone Number Normalization with the Address Book Service.) I recently took a short hiatus from the OCS TechNet discussion forums while concentrating on an Exchange project for the past few months.  While catching up on threads, I’ve noticed […]

Exchange 2003 Public Folder Replication Failures

April 25, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

On a recent project I ran into a unique problem regarding replication of public folder information in an Exchange 2003 organization.  The problem was recently discovered after the migration of an acquisition into the existing organization when users noticed that Free/Busy information for mailboxes was not displaying between mailboxes in the existing offices and the […]

Searching AD for a User Account with a SID

March 12, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

There are a handful of tools and scripted solutions floating around for resolving SIDs to user accounts and the reverse, but here’s a handy way to do this by simply using Active Directory Users and Computers. The first time you perform this for a domain it will be necessary to identify the RID and GUID […]

Free System Page Table Entries and 3GB USERVA switches

March 12, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

In a recent migration project I needed to move nearly 2TB of mailbox data between Exchange 2003 servers in the same organization, to the tune of 100-200GB per day.  The first couple days went fine, with excellent performance, but as more mailboxes were moved to the target server and mail delivery processes and user connections […]

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