OCS Certificate Deployment White Paper

August 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Microsoft has just released a new white paper on using certificates with Office Communications Server.  Although entitled “OCS 2007 R2 Deploying Certificates” it actually covers both 2007 and 2007 R2 versions of OCS. This is a very comprehensive document (just short of 100 pages) that covers everything from basic requirements down to specific scenarios like […]

OCS Deployment Log Tips

August 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

These are some pretty basic notes, but worth calling out for the benefit of users new to the OCS Deployment Wizard.  Troubleshooting deployment issues is pretty common and the logs are the best place to start from. During the various setup wizards in OCS each step typically concludes with a window reporting either successful or […]

OCS R2 CWA Single Certificate Configuration

August 19, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Although I find it best practice to deploy two separate certificates on an OCS R2 Communicator Web Access server, there are times when using a single certificate for both server-based MTLS and client-based SSL communications are the best approach, mainly cost if an internal CA is unavailable and all certificates are being purchased.  The problem […]

OCS Services Hang on Startup

August 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

In a recent deployment OCS 2007 R2 Enterprise Edition was deployed to a physical server running Windows Server 2008 that began to exhibit problems immediately after the first reboot.  Basically the server failed to respond to network traffic and was unreachable via RDP or other previously listening services after restarting. Upon connecting to the console […]

Managing Certification Authority Certificates for OCS

August 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Typically in a basic deployment there are times when Windows workstations and servers which are not members of the internal Active Directory domain need to communicate with OCS servers.  This could be attempting to sign-in to Office Communicator installed on a test workstation on the internal corporate network, as well as a perimeter-network server (like […]

OCS Service Startup Shutdown Order

August 4, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Typically when restarting services in Windows most people use the Services snap-in or the net start/stop commands, but the OCS Management console offers a simple way to stop and start services in a pre-defined order.     I investigated the behavior of this to learn what the preferred order or service dependencies may be (if at […]