Microsoft UC Client Deployment Script

After a lengthy work in progress, I am pleased to share a Microsoft Unified Communications Client Deployment script that I think will help some deployments rollout Office Communicator, Office Live Meeting, and the Office Live Meeting Outlook Add-In.

You can view the script, download it, and read about the features here. It is 1500+ lines of [...]

Enhanced Presence and Upgrading Office Communicator Clients

A quick but important reminder for those deployments upgrading their user clients from Office Communicator 2005 to Office Communicator 2007 or 2007 R2.

When an OCS user gets enabled for Enhanced Presence, either through the OCS management console or programmatically (through a script modifying AD directly or the WMI provider), Communicator 2005 users can still login.  [...]

Provisioning Office Communicator and Office Live Meeting

After OCS is deployed and the Office Communicator and Office Live Meeting clients are being rolled out to your users, the next question you will likely have is how do I configure the Communicator client for users so that it is tailored for my environment?  This can be a challenging task in an diverse environment.

Practically, [...]

OCS File Transfers – Key Facts & Common Cures

The ability to transfer files in Office Communicator is an effective collaboration feature (and is often underused). A file can be shared in the context of a discussion by dragging-and-dropping it directly in the Communicator conversation session window. It is real time, and you avoid the storage headaches and application-context-switch that email attachments can bring.

From [...]

Communicator and Live Meeting Client Version Tool

One of the first things that should be done when debugging any client side issues with Office Communicator, Office Live Meeting, or the Office Live Meeting Outlook Add-In is to know what versions of each client the user is running. 

Rather than have the user open each application and do a “Help | About” and tediously [...]

Summary of July 2009 Updates

Several updates where released last month (July 2009) to the server and client pieces of OCS.  Here is a summary of all the updates and links to download them and more information:

Office Communicator 2007 R2: Description of the update for Communicator 2007 R2: July 2009

This will update your Communicator R2 version to 3.5.6907.37.
This is a [...]

BlackBerry® Client Support for OCS R2

**April 2011 Update: Blackberry Support for OCS 2007 R2 and Lync is Now Available

Original Post:

I have been asked several times recently about the BlackBerry® client support for OCS R2 (RIM makes a BlackBerry client that works with OCS. You can read more about it in my original post: Mobile Options for OCS).

The short answer [...]