Oct 27

OCS MCM; Great benefit!!

Does it take you hours and hours to build testcases, validate configurations etc etc….

Here is a great post I found:

According to the visionaries the future is ‘all in the cloud man!’. Well, not to be out done we have just launched a new set of online labs for the exclusive use of certified OCS MCMs. These 4 new lab environments are based on the core labs that we use for the program but also include a second set of labs based on a co-existence and migration scenario that the candidates have to work through in class. This gives certified OCS Masters 7×24 access to a full set of enterprise grade environments where they can test out scenarios, validate designs, reproduce issues, practice upgrades etc etc…We even have the ability to join two of the labs together to behave as two separate enterprises each with their own edge infrastructures, PSTN ranges and private networks. Comprehensive stuff and a great addition to the benefits of becoming a certified OCS Master.

Source: The Mast Blog

So another great reason to become OCS MCM.
Want to find more infor regarding OCS Microsoft Certified Master Program? Look here

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Oct 18

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 XMPP Gateway

The Office Communications Server team has posted an excellent article on how to connect your OCS environment with Jabber XCP 5.4.
Jabber is part of Cisco and have their own IM/Presence application.
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Oct 15

MS KB 974571 and OCS/LCS

I am sure you must be facing this issue suddenly in your OCS production environment. This is quite interesting. Microsoft releases ‘Security updates’ and ends up bringing down a production server. One of the Windows security update KB974571 has broken OCS R2; that’s why OCS Front-End service Stopped.
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Oct 05

OCS & Public IM Connectivity

Microsoft has announced changes to the Office Communications Server Public IM Connectivity (PIC) license that provides instant messaging and presence federation to the Windows Live, AOL and Yahoo! public IM networks. Starting October 1, 2009, the following licensing changes will be made:

1.A PIC License will no longer be required for federation with American Online (AOL). Customers qualify for federation with AOL if they have Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Standard CAL or active Software Assurance on their current LCS/OCS license.
2.Customers who want Yahoo! federation will continue to purchase PIC licenses. The price of PIC will be reduced by 50%, effective October 1, 2009, to reflect this change.

Since the first of July, a PIC connection to MSN is free if the customer has an Enterprise Agreement or Software Assurance.

However, in the Netherlands, AOL has a really low market share in the public IM part….

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