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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Converting Recorded Live Meetings into Portable Media Files

January 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Live Meeting 2007 has the ability to record meetings, capturing audio, video, and other shared content for archival and later viewing.  When in a meeting the presenter can behind recording content and select where they want to save the output to.   The main disadvantage with the recorded content has been the portability (or lack […]

Viewing the OCS Address Book (for Humans)

December 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Anyone who’s attempted to troubleshoot Address Book problems in OCS before has probably at least tried to open up the GalContacts.db file on a workstation running Office Communicator.  Unfortunately it’s in some alien language with human strings dispersed among countless delimiters: This makes troubleshooting Address Book normalization operations kind of a pain.  But luckily there […]

Disabling Instant Messaging in OCS

August 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

In the past I’ve heard at least a few discussions regarding administrators looking for a way to disable instant message functionality in Office Communications Server 2007.  Some may want to block IM from certain workstations, while others may be looking to deploy OCS as a Presence-only application. Or possibly even as a contact management solution […]

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