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 […]

Office Communicator Sidebar Gadget

November 17, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Dmitry Polzin has created a Vista Sidebar Gadget for Office Communicator that helps better manage multiple conversation windows. You can download it from the Windows Live Gallery here: As with any gadgets the window can be either docked in the sidebar or dragged out into the desktop . The gadget’s title bar shows your […]

OCS R2 Edge Bombshell

October 14, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Yes, you read this correctly: In a single-server Edge deployment a private IP address is now supported on the A/V Edge Role.  It is still recommended to use a public IP address and is still not supported for scaled Edge deployments, but through some magical alignment of the stars (or more likely some work by […]

New Server Roles and Client Features in OCS R2

October 14, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the biggest complaints I’ve seen with OCS was the large number of servers required when deploying all the components, even in consolidated scenarios.  And although with new features come yet even more server roles, one change was made that actually helps reduce server footprint in smaller deployments. Monitoring Server With OCS 2007 to […]

OCS 2007 Setup and Administration Delegation

October 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

I little used portion of the OCS installation wizard is the ability to delegate some access rights to specific user accounts so that remote or junior administrators can deploy OCS components on server in a environment without actually needed to have full administrative rights. Launch the OCS 2007 Deployment Wizard and (depending on if it’s […]

My Favorite OCS Telephony Devices

October 5, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

At the moment I have a few too many OCS-specific telephony devices on my desk: a Polycom CX700 handset (aka the Tanjay), an LG-Nortel IP8540 handset (aka the Catalina), an LG-Nortel IP8502 Bluetooth headset, a couple generic USB headsets, and the latest edition: the Polycom Communicator CX100 speakerphone. On any given day I’m either working […]

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 […]

Using the Microsoft Notes Connector to Synchronize with Mail-Enabled Objects

August 19, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

In a previous blog entry I covered how to use object filtering with the Microsoft Notes Connector.  There was a reason I ran into that situation in the first place which was planning a migration from Notes to Exchange using the Notes Connector, but with a catch: I had already created new accounts in the […]

A Look at Forefront Security for OCS 2007

August 14, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

I finally had a chance to test drive the beta version of the upcoming Forefront Security release specifically for Office Communications Server 2007 (FSOCS).  I deployed this in my lab, co-locating it on an existing Standard Edition server in an internal network segment. To download the public beta release: Forefront Security for Office Communications Server […]

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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