OCS R2 Edge Topologies Explained

July 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Byron Spurlock has blog article that briefly talks about the different topologies for Edge servers in R2 but I wanted to go into a little more detail and highlight a few seemingly small, but important changes introduced in R2 that sort of flew in under the radar as all the other neat features in R2 […]

OCS Dial-In Conferencing: Unable to Join Conference Calls

June 25, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

In keeping with this month’s apparent theme of troubleshooting Live Meeting and Audio Conferencing problems for external users, I ran into yet another weird one.  This time we have a pretty basic Office Communications Server 2007 R2 deployment with Enterprise Voice using a NET VX1200 media gateway with Cisco Call Manager 4.1.  All OCS features […]

AV Edge Authentication Connection Errors

June 22, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Just a quick note regarding an error I recently ran across.  A client was experiencing problems with Dial-In Conferencing after a recent deployment and during troubleshooting the issues I ran across this pair of errors in the Front-End server’s OCS event log: OCS Audio-Video Conferencing Server Event ID 32018 “The Audio-Video Conferencing Server encountered an […]

External Live Meeting Only with OCS

June 3, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the biggest cost-saving benefits of Office Communications Server 2007 has been the integrated Web Conferencing features, a.k.a. Live Meeting.  Many companies currently pay for off-site host conferencing services like Microsoft’s own hosted Live Meeting, or WebEx just to name a few.  In the same way that R2’s Dial-In Conferencing can reduce costs by […]

Changing Passwords on OCS Service Accounts

May 29, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether troubleshooting a problem or performing regular maintenance it is sometimes necessary to reset the passwords on the service accounts used by OCS. Best Practice Microsoft’s recommendation is to configure each service account to never have their passwords expire, but some organizations may have policies limiting or completely banning that type of approach. In most […]

OCS Response Group Configuration Tool on Server 2008

April 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

When deploying the Response Group service in Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and the Front-End services are hosted on a Windows 2008 Server there is an annoying little ‘glitch’ that rears its head during initial configuration.  Basically, it doesn’t work.  It apparently is not a problem with Server 2003 as I’ve not run across it […]

UC Virtual User Group Kickoff Meeting

April 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The newly formed Unified Communications Virtual User Group (UCVUG) will be hosting it’s first meeting next month and we’ve already gotten over 100 participants registered. Hence the name, it will be a virtual Live Meeting This open online community is neither affiliated with Microsoft or PointBridge and was started by Office Communications Server MVP Dustin […]

BPOS Introduces Office Communications Online

April 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Microsoft has just officially launched Office Communications Online functionality into the North American Business Productivity Online Suite – Shared (BPOS-S) offering.  If you’ve already been using the Exchange, SharePoint, and Live Meeting services, then OCS is a welcome addition as now IM communication and Presence information is tied into the client application suite (Outlook, Office […]

OCS R2 Downloadable Documentation

April 12, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Just a quick note worth mentioning: Microsoft has just released the downloadable version of the OCS 2007 R2 Product Documentation in the Complied Help Module (.chm) format.  Anyone with a previous TAP/RDP version of the file from Connect should replace their with this updated copy as there are many new sections (the overall file size […]

Determining the Installation Source of Office Communicator

March 25, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Here’s a quick tip with a few ways to locate and identify whether an installation of the Office Communicator client on a workstation originally came from an Evaluation, Volume License, or MSDN version. To determine which flavor of the client software is installed on the computer, locate the Product ID in the Help > About […]

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