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 sample LCSCMD commands for requesting certificates for a reverse proxy.  A number of the common problems and misunderstood areas have been addresses in much more detail and the original planning and deployment documents, so I highly recommend reading through this document.  I learned a few things myself in reading the initial drafts that weren’t covered by any existing documentation.

I’ve known about this document for some time as I and other MVPs have been reviewing and offering input on the various revisions for some time, but can only now inform others as the final work has been released publicly.  Thanks to Rick Kingslan for allowing a number of people to review and add content that consultants out in the field felt was important to add.  I know I’ll soon be pointing a lot of TechNet forum users to this document link.

The white paper can be downloaded directly from the link below:

Deploying Certificates in Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communications Server 2007 R2

(If the above link doesn’t work then head over to the master Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Documentation page and download the document named OCS 2007 R2 Deploying Certificates.doc from the ‘Files in this Download’ section.)

By Jeff Schertz

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