Lync Server 2010 Deployment – Part 4

April 30, 2012 by · 35 Comments 

This long overdue follow-up article on the Lync Server deployment series focuses on bringing what is currently in place for internal users to allowing external access and providing a channel for communications with federated and public contacts: the Edge Server. The previous articles in this series cover the deployment and configuration of a Lync Standard […]

Understanding the Strong Host Model – Revisited

September 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A few months ago a technical writer on the Microsoft Communications Server team contacted me about updating own of my older blog articles for the purposes of publishing it on TechNet.  After some re-writes and a healthy portion of editing a much more polished version was posted up in the following locations in mid-August: NextHop […]

OCS R2 XMPP Gateway Deployment for Gmail

May 17, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

The purpose of this article is to serve as a lessons-learned addendum to the current primary resource for configuring OCS and GMail federation: the Communication Server team’s official blog post on the subject.  Following the detailed steps in that article should get you to a working end-state, but if a specific deployment differs from the […]

More on OCS Edge Server Certificates

September 22, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

There are a pair of related Office Communications Server 2007 topics I wanted to expand on from previous blog articles that I’m still seeing come up quite often in both day-to-day projects and in the Microsoft discussion forums.  One of them is centered around adding and supporting additional SIP domains.  And because the two most […]

OCS Edge on Server 2008 – The Strong Host Model

September 17, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The typical OCS deployment these days is using Windows Server 2008 instead of Server 2003 for the host OS now since R2 and Server 2008 have been out for some time, so a certain issue has begun to pop up in some deployments.  Basically, if an R2 Edge server is deployed on Server 2008 and […]

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 […]

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 […]

First Look at the Edge Planning Tool

September 2, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Microsoft has just released a really neat tool that threatens to make obsolete all of my OCS Edge-related blog material :)  Seriously, as complicated as it can be to design and configure an Edge deployment when reading through the deployment guides, the Perimeter Network white paper, blog articles, and any other resources this tool can […]

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.  […]

OCS Edge Server Configuration Topologies

November 28, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Although deploying Office Communications Server 2007 for use internally is quite straight-forward, things begin to get complicated when adding in the components used for external client connectivity.  The most misunderstood portions of deployment seem to be the correct configuration of the reverse proxy, and the networking configuration of the Edge Server itself. OCS Edge Server […]

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