Dec 09

OCS 2007 R2/Lync on Windows 2008 R2 with Windows XP client

Hi all,

I’m implementing OCS 2007 R2 at a customer and during the validation of the client-server connections, we were not able to login using non-domain joined machines. Signing it passed the Certificate validation, found the user sign in address and prompts for the username and password.

After filling the username and password, there is almost an instant error message:

Cannot sign in to Communicator. You may have entered your sign-in address, user name, or password incorrectly, or the authentication service may be incompatible with the version of the program. If your sign-in information is correct and the problem persists, please contact your system administrator.

When looking at the client logs (using Snooper tool), this is wat we see:

Sending towards the server:

12/07/2010|19:08:30.565 990:BBC INFO :: Sending Packet - 10.136.16.103:5061 (From Local Address: 10.139.23.242:1210) 713 bytes:
12/07/2010|19:08:30.565 990:BBC INFO :: REGISTER sip:domain.com SIP/2.0
Via: SIP/2.0/TLS 10.139.23.242:1210
Max-Forwards: 70
From: <sip:eacc01@domain.com>;tag=26a4ca499e;epid=8694255395
To: <sip:eacc01@domain.com>
Call-ID: 5a3159e1d2ee4c5c854f47afae9bf27f
CSeq: 1 REGISTER
Contact: <sip:10.139.23.242:1210;transport=tls;ms-opaque=d5db2ea130>;methods="INVITE, MESSAGE, INFO, OPTIONS, BYE, CANCEL, NOTIFY, ACK, REFER, BENOTIFY";proxy=replace;+sip.instance="<urn:uuid:F8B7754D-FFB2-5C56-9FF8-F09C6FF6C80E>"
User-Agent: UCCAPI/3.5.6907.206 OC/3.5.6907.206 (Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2)
Supported: gruu-10, adhoclist, msrtc-event-categories
Supported: ms-forking
ms-keep-alive: UAC;hop-hop=yes
Event: registration
Content-Length: 0
12/07/2010|19:08:30.565 990:BBC INFO :: End of Sending Packet - 10.136.16.103:5061 (From Local Address: 10.139.23.242:1210) 713 bytes

 And receiving from the server:

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Dec 06

OCS 2007 R2 Operations Guide

Enjoy the Operations Guide and use it to have and keep your users happy!!

The Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Operations Guide provides guidance on procedures that should be considered to fully incorporate Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 into an existing IT operational framework as well as how existing procedures should be expanded to make Communications Server 2007 R2 fully operational. The Operations Guide describes the operational processes, tasks, and tools that are required for you to maintain a Communications Server 2007 R2 environment, and it explains how to manage Communications Server 2007 R2 according to the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) model. This article gives you a basic overview of the checklists and tasks that you will find explained in depth in the Operations Guide

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=983e85b7-5b82-4747-9114-a339dbf85f45&displaylang=en

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Dec 01

Unified Communications Virtual UserGroup Webcast

On the 18th of January 2011, a webcast will be hosted by the UCVUG. A Dutch Virtual UC UserGroup founded by Joachim Farla.

I’ll be delivering the High Level overview on Migration from OCS 2007 / OCS 2007 R2 to Lync part of the program. The complete program is:

  • Jeroen Reijling and Joachim Farla – High Level Architecture Microsoft Lync focus on Migration (45 mins)
  • Business Case e-office migration R2>Lync (30 mins)
  • Xander Kupers (Portfolio Lync Plantronics) (15 mins)
  • Jan Zoetemelk (Portfolio Lync Polycom) (15 mins)

The webcast is going to be in Dutch only.

See the invite, only 100 free seats available: http://unified-communications.blogspot.com/2010/11/ucvug-gaat-door-in-2011-en-wel-op.html

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Nov 25

OCS 2007 R2, Lync 2010 and licensing… Part 1

Hi there,

I know that a lot of you don’t like the licensing part of any Microsoft product… So I’ll try to keep it simple… And just to make you all aware, a final answer for your situation might not be in this article, but it will provide you building blocks to help out.

Microsoft changed the licensing model for OCS 2007 R2 a while ago (see http://www.reijling.nl/?p=204), but they’ve changed the model for Lync 2010 again.

As an introduction, for OCS / Lync there were two parts that were required, a server part and a client. You can replace the Communicator client by the Lync client and the server part by the Lync server part as shown below:

 

Server licenses Continue reading

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Nov 22

OCS 2007 R2 CU7 updates available

Today Microsoft is releasing CU7 for the following Office Communications products:

Product

KBs

Download

Product

Update

External

External

Office Communications Server 2007 R2

OCS_2007R2_CU7

968802

MS download

OCS2009-dbupgrade

 

968802

MS download

Office Communicator 2007 R2

OC_2007R2_CU7

2291453

MS download

Office Communicator Phone Edition 2007 R2

OCPE_2007R2_CU7

2466291

MS download

XMPP Gateway

XMPP_2007R2_CU7

2404570

MS download

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Nov 17

Lync certified devices

Hi, here is an overview of the Lync certified devices: http://technet.microsoft.com/lync/gg278164.aspx

‘Optimized for’ devices are designed for Lync with rich user experience, integrated security and manageability.

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What is new?

New desk, conference, and common area phones run Lync 2010 Phone Edition natively and are built from the ground up to deliver a best-in-class Lync experience. They offer bandwidth-efficient, high-quality audio with Microsoft media platform RT Audio codecs, presence publication, and Global Address List (GAL) contacts with photos

I’m sure this will help you to decide which device you want for you(r customer).

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Nov 16

Yes… Protocol Workloads poster for Lync

Exchange 2010 has a great poster on the protocol workloads, well guess what… Lync has it as well and you can find it here.

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Nov 11

17th of November; Lync launch date

Watch the launch keynote live on November 17 at the virtual launch event site

On Wednesday, November 17th the Lync virtual launch event site will go live at www.microsoft.com/lync/launch. The virtual launch site will broadcast the launch keynote live at 11:00 AM Eastern Time (EST). The site will also include several engaging on-demand videos and a Partner showcase section. So go to www.microsoft.com/lync/launch to add the live keynote broadcast to their calendar. You can add the live keynote to your calendar directly here.

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Oct 24

OCS/Lync Online vs On-Prem

Feature Comparison Matrix

The following matrix compares features across delivery models according to the most updated plan of record: Office Communications Server (on-premises) and Lync Online

 

Office Communications Server (on-premises)

Lync Online

Version

Microsoft Commun-ications Server 2007 R2

Microsoft Lync Server 2010

Office Commun-ications Online Current Offering

Lync Online (in Office 365 Beta)

Feature

IM/Presence

1-to-1 and Multiparty IM/Presence

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Address book search

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

DL expansion (DLX)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

File transfers

Yes

Yes

Yes (inside firewall only)

Yes

PC-to-PC audio/video

Yes

Yes

Yes (inside firewall only)

Yes

Click-to-communicate from Office Apps

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Communicator Expert search in SharePoint Online

No          

Yes

No

No

Contact Card with photos

No

Yes

No

Yes

Persistent Group Chat

Yes

Yes

No

No

Privacy mode

No

Yes

No

No

Conferencing and Data Collaboration Using Office Communicator 2007 R2

Desktop sharing

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Application sharing

No

Yes

No

Yes

Whiteboarding and annotations

No

Yes

No

Yes

PowerPoint upload

No

Yes

No

Yes

Spontaneous multiparty PC-Audio/Video/data sharing (using Lync)

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Scheduled Online meetings via Outlook

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Scheduling online meetings in Outlook Web App

No

No

No

No

Client-side recording and playback

No

Yes

No

Yes

Lobby

No

Yes

No

Yes

Interoperability with third-party PSTN audio conferencing providers

No

No

No

Yes

Interoperability with on-premises video conferencing systems

No

Yes

No

No

Enterprise Voice

PSTN calling via Office Communicator (incoming/outgoing calls)

Yes

Yes

No

No

IP desk phone support

Yes

Yes

No

No

Call controls (hold, transfer, forward, simulring)

Yes

Yes

No

No

Office Communications Server Online with Exchange Online UM interoperability (for voice mail)

No

Yes

No

No

Team call

Yes

Yes

No

No

Response groups

Yes

Yes

No

No

Delegation (boss-admin) in Communicator

No

Yes

No

No

Private Line (secondary DID for execs)

No

Yes

No

No

Call park

No

Yes

No

No

Outgoing DID manipulation

No

Yes

No

No

E-911 via Communicator

No

Yes

No

No

Branch Office Appliance

No

Yes

No

No

Call Admissions Control (CAC)

No

Yes

No

No

Support for analog devices (for example, FAX)

Yes

Yes

No

No

Direct connectivity with PBX via gateways

Yes

Yes

No

No

Direct connectivity for audio with on-premises IP-PBXs

No

Yes

No

No

Direct SIP for signaling (presence updates) with on-premises IP-PBX

No

No

No

No

RCC (click-to-call) with on-premises PBX

Yes

Yes

No

No

Malicious call trace

No

Yes

No

No

Interoperability with call center solutions (Aspect)

Yes

Yes

No

No

Voice Interoperability with Third-Party Carriers and Service Providers

Interoperability with third-party PSTN audio conferencing providers

No

No

No

Yes

Client Support

Office Communicator 2007 R2

Yes

Yes

Yes

No (yes for migration of existing Office 365 customers only)

Lync 2010

No

Yes

No

Yes

Lync 2010 Attendee (joining online meetings)

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Lync Web Access for joining online meetings

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Microsoft Lync Phone Edition (Lync-based IP phones)

Yes

Yes

No

No

Communicator Mobile (Windows phones)

Yes

Yes

No

No

Communicator Mobile for Non-Windows OS (for example, Nokia, BlackBerry, iPhone)

Yes (Nokia)

TBD

No

No

Mac Messenger

Yes

Yes

No

No

Federation and Public IM Connectivity (PIC)

Federation with other Office Communications Server/Communications Online organizations

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

IBM Same-time federation

Yes

Yes

No

No

IM/P federation with XMPP (Google Talk)

Yes

Yes

No

No

PIC with Windows Live, AOL, Yahoo

Yes

Yes

No

Yes (Windows Live only)

Security and Archiving

IM and media encryption

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

IM filtering

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Anti-malware scanning for meeting content and file transfers

Yes (partner solutions)

Yes (partner solutions)

No

No

IM archiving (server side)

Yes

Yes

No

No

Exchange/SharePoint Co-Existence

Presence with Exchange/SharePoint on premises

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

UM interoperability with Exchange on premises

Yes

Yes

No

No

Presence with Exchange/SharePoint online

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 on-premises UM interoperability with Exchange Online

No

Yes

No

Yes

Administration/Manageability

PowerShell support

Yes

Yes

No

No

Bigfin (web) UI

No

Yes

No

No

Reporting (CDR, QoE)

Yes

Yes

No

No

Support for third-party applications

Lync automation APIs (client side)

Yes

Yes

Limited pilots

Yes

Server-side APIs

Yes

Yes

No

No

 

 

 

Sources:

Microsoft Exchange Online Beta Service Description – Final.docx Download

Microsoft_Lync_Online__Beta_Service_Description_Final.docx Download

Microsoft_Office_Professional_Plus_Beta_Service_Description_Final.docx Download

Microsoft_Office_Web_Apps_Beta_Service_Description_Final.docx Download

Microsoft_SharePoint_Online_Standard_Beta_Service_Description_Final.docx Download

 

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Oct 22

Tech-Ed 2010 @ Berlin… Meet me at the ‘Ask the experts’

Tech Ed Europe 2010 will take place in Berlin in 3 weeks. From 8 to 12 November, 2010, I shall be contributing as an Ask the Expert staff in the Technical Learning Center – UNC Track Area. Working closely together with the Microsoft product teams, ATE will station at the Unified Communications (UNC) product demo booth areas.

I look forward to meeting you in person and share the excitement around Lync 2010 and more! More information and registration can be found here.

Here is a list of suggested sessions regarding Lync 2010:

UNC201 – Overview of Microsoft Lync: Transforming the Way People Communicate

Microsoft Lync promises to transform the way people communicate across the PC, Web and phone, making traditional communications systems obsolete. In this session we will talk about Microsoft’s vision for transforming business communications and the key investments we are making in Microsoft Lync that will lead this industry transformation.

UNC202 – The Reality: Interoperability with Microsoft Lync Server 2010

The communications industry is undergoing a transformation from proprietary hardware-based communications systems, to a more flexible software-based solution as provided by Microsoft. During this transformation, customers who have existing investments in infrastructure will need to ensure that these systems work well with Microsoft Lync Server 2010. In this session we show different scenarios in which Microsoft Lync Server 2010 can co-exist with IM and Presence systems, PBXs and leading video infrastructure, depending on the customer’s requirements.

UNC211-LNC – Monitoring Voice Deployments with Microsoft Communications Server “14”

In this session you will be guided through the setup and deployment of the Lync Monitoring server role, and shown how you can use this Lync server role to monitor your Microsoft Lync infrastructure.

UNC301 – Deployment, Upgrade and Co-Existence Scenarios with Microsoft Lync Server 2010

A new version of an existing product always provides a variety of new features and functions. Upgrading is the process of moving to the latest version, with the goal of a smooth transition; the current production environment must run as interruption-free as possible while the new servers, functionalities and features are introduced. Often an upgrade is a long-term process that requires a coexistence phase, resulting in users running different versions of the software. This session explains how to plan and move from Office Communications Server 2007/Office Communications Server 2007 R2, to Microsoft Lync Server 2010 for servers and clients. It addresses the implications of various migration and coexistence approaches, as well as covering Microsoft’s investments to support migration from prior versions of Microsoft Lync Server 2010.

UNC302 – Microsoft Lync Server 2010 : Management, Administration and Delegation

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 features a new way of deploying and administering a Microsoft Lync infrastructure. This session will review these new administration tools, dive into the Lync Server Control Panel and the Lync Server Management Shell, and look at how Role Based Access Control can help you set granular permissions in your Microsoft Lync infrastructure.

UNC303 – Microsoft Lync Server 2010 : Voice Architecture and Planning for High Availability

The Lync Server team has made a significant investment in high availability with the upcoming release. In this session we review the new Survivable Branch Appliance offering for branch office resiliency, the new features for data center-based multi-site failover, and intra-site architecture for high availability.

UNC304 – Microsoft Lync Server 2010 : Voice Deployment

In this session we explore the core call routing and voice interoperability features and capability in the new release of Lync Server. We review the architecture of interoperability as applied to different deployment topologies using Direct SIP and SIP Trunking, along with Lync Server’s call routing, media bypass, number manipulation, and many new features that enable enterprises to improve call management.

UNC305 – What’s New with Conferencing in Microsoft Lync Server 2010?

This session covers new meeting features in Microsoft Lync Server 2010, including Rich, Reach and Dial-in functionality. This session helps you understand the infrastructure required to support the new conferencing scenarios, including conferencing architecture, topology, administrative control and monitoring.

UNC306 – The New Microsoft Lync 2010 SDK: Integrating, Extending and Adding Contextual Data to the New Communicator Experience

Come and see an overview of the new Microsoft Lync 2010 SDK for client applications. We will demonstrate the Microsoft Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) controls for integrating Microsoft Lync 2010 experiences into your line-of-business apps, as well as the new extension points where you can host and run your own applications within Lync 2010. See how to pass the context of your application’s data along with the conversation, and how to process it in the receiver side. Finally, learn how to build custom UI directly against the new Lync 2010 Managed API.

UNC307 – Advanced SIP-Based Solutions Built on the Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 3.0 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010

Get an overview of the capabilities of the new UC Managed API 3.0 and its key target scenarios, including contact center and building a voice assistant for mobile users. We will walk through how to implement anonymous and authenticated web chat and presence aware skill-based routing, examine the concept of audio routes, and look at how to use UC Managed API to access resources via the telephone.

UNC309 – Unified Messaging with Exchange Online

Exchange Unified Messaging (UM) is going to be part of the next major Microsoft Online release. This session will explain UM’s architecture, what’s needed to access UM as an online service, and the differences between the Enterprise and Online versions of UM. We will also demonstrate the administration and operation of UM “in the cloud”.

UNC310 – Microsoft Lync 2010 Technology Explained

This session will explain how Microsoft Lync 2010 works. We will cover topics such as authentication mechanism, interactions with Microsoft Exchange and Outlook, and integration with search infrastructure.

UNC310-HOL – Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Voice Configuration

During this lab you will use the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 management tools to familiarize yourself with the Voice Routing category included in the management console for Microsoft Lync Server 2010.

UNC311-HOL – Configuring Resiliency in Microsoft Lync Server 2010

During this lab you can explore the resiliency options (specifically the Survivable Branch Office Appliance) that are available in Microsoft Communications Server “14”. After implementing and configuring, experience the end user experience during multiple resiliency scenarios.

UNC322-IS – Replacing your PBX with Lync Server 2010

Whether you are half-way done, just about to start, or are unsure of whether to begin, we’ll answer your questions about how to replace your PBX with Communications Server ’14’. In this session we will also answer your questions about the interoperability with your existing voice infrastructure.

 


 

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