New OCS 2007 R2 Updates & Microsoft Federated Edge Server IP Address Change

A new round of OCS 2007 R2 client and server updates were released today – collectively known as OCS 2007 R2 Cumulative Update 8 (CU 8).  Note: some links will not be available until late next week.

Client Updates

Office Communicator 2007 R2
KB Article 2501722
Microsoft Download Link

Group Chat Client 2007 R2
KB [...]

Noteworthy Updates: SQL 2008 R2 Support, CU6, & Communications Server 2010

Three recent OCS developments you should be aware of:

1] Communications Server 2007 R2 Does Not Support Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

An official statement was released regarding OCS 2007 R2 not supporting SQL Server 2008 R2 for the back-end database. The primary reason is that OCS 2007 R2 hasn’t been tested with SQL Server 2008 R2 [...]

Communicator File Transfers Across a Firewall are Not Supported

I recently confirmed that transferring a file with the Communicator client across a firewall is not a supported feature in OCS 2007 R2.  This surprised me, and I see many others in the OCS forums have struggled with firewall ports in an attempt to get this working. Equally surprisingly is that this does not seem to be officially [...]

Key Microsoft Communications Server “14″ Announcements at TechEd 2010

As TechEd 2010 in New Orleans unfolds this week, I’ll be updating this blog entry with the big announcements and significant developments with the next major release of OCS – code named Microsoft Communications Server (MCS) “14″.  I’ll focus on new announcements (for previously released information on MCS “14″, see this blog entry: Microsoft Announces Microsoft Communications [...]

How to Schedule a Communicator Conference with Communicator 2007 R2

There is a lot of functionality built into the Microsoft Office Live Meeting client, and frankly all that functionality can present a usability challenge for some users who are just trying to have a basic multi-party conference. For smaller meetings, and specifically where the primary need is an instant messaging, audio, or video conference, a [...]

April 2010 Updates for Communicator 2007 R2, Live Meeting, and OCS 2007 R2

Microsoft has released new cumulative updates for all the UC Clients and the OCS Server.

Clients

The April 2010 cumulative update for Communicator 2007 R2 can be found here:  Description of the cumulative update package for Communicator 2007 R2: April 2010

This update brings the Communicator version up to 3.5.6907.196 from the last update in January 2010 (3.5.6907.83).

It mostly addresses [...]

Microsoft Announces Microsoft Communications Server “14”

Microsoft officially released more details today on the next release of OCS (further to the previous post on OCS in 2010 – The UC 14 Wave). The details were made in a keynote presentation by Gurdeep Singh Pall (VP Communications Group, Microsoft) at VoiceCon 2010 in Orlando.

The next release is code named “Microsoft Communications Server 14” (notice [...]

Public IM Usage in Communicator – Known Issues and Reminders

OCS and Communicator have the ability to communicate with the Public IM contacts – specifically users on MSN (now Windows Live), AOL, and Yahoo!. There are a few known issues and limitations that I wanted to recap for the benefit of others.

Functionality Available for Communication with Public IM Contacts

A reminder that communication with Public IM [...]

January 2010 Updates – Communicator 2007 R2 and OCS 2007 R2

The January 2010 updates have been released for the Office Communicator 2007 R2 Client and the OCS 2007 R2 Server.

Office Communicator 2007 R2

The download and more details can be found here: Description of the Communicator 2007 R2 cumulative update: January 2010 (KB 976135).
This update brings the Communicator 2007 R2 version number to 3.5.6907.83 (.83 from [...]

Office 2010 Beta Integration with Communicator R2 & the Live Meeting Add-In

January 18, 2010 Update:  the January 2010 updates for the Live Meeting Console and the Live Meeting Conferencing Add-In are available.  The Conferencing Add-In update contains a 64-bit version which integrates with the Office 2010 Beta.
 
January 13, 2010 Update: the recently released January 2010 update to the Communicator 2007 R2 client (version 3.5.6907.83) fixes some [...]