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 [...]

AD Attributes Required to Enable a User for OCS

As a follow-on to my popular post “Provisioning OCS From the Command Line”, several readers noted that they were in the situation where the OCS user had not been created (e.g. provisioned in AD). The AD user object exists, but that object has not been enabled for OCS. Until the user object is enabled for [...]

Future OCS Licensing Changes

Thanks to Tommy Clarke’s blog post for alerting me to this.

Microsoft recently released a licensing brief (Base and Additive Client Access Licenses: An Explanation) which details future licensing changes upcoming in the next release of OCS (OCS Wave 14).

 Here is a summary of the key changes:

 1) A new OCS Voice CAL:

Will include the OCS Wave [...]

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.


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 [...]

OCS Federated Partner Trust Level

I recently discovered the concept of ‘Trust Level’ with OCS federated partners (I thought all partners were treated equal once they were added as a federated partner).  It turns out that one partner can be ‘trusted’ more than another partner depending on how the federation is configured on the OCS 2007 R2 Access Edge.

The element [...]

OCS 2007 R2 Support for Windows Server 2008 R2

In case you missed it, Microsoft recently released a support article which details a supported scenario for:
1) Installing OCS 2007 R2 on a Windows Server 2008 R2 server.
2) Installing OCS 2007 R2 into a Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory (i.e. at least one DC was upgraded to Windows Server 2008 R2).
Prior to this, OCS [...]

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 [...]

OCS Simulation & Sizing Tool

I recently took a look at the “Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Capacity Planning Tool”.  I was looking forward to taking a look at OCSStress.exe which is an OCS workload and user activity simulation tool (included as part of the capacity planning tool). Those with Microsoft Exchange backgrounds will remember it’s close cousins – LoadGenerator and LoadSim.

You can use it [...]

OCS 2007 R2 Monitoring Role FAQ

The Inside OCS Quality of Experience (QoE) – Quick Facts post has been a popular read. This post provides additional answers to the most common questions about deploying the OCS 2007 R2 Monitoring Role (which now houses the QoE and Call Detail Record (CDR) functionality in R2).

Q.  Is installation of the Monitoring Server Role supported on a Virtual [...]

January 2010 Updates for Live Meeting and the Live Meeting Conferencing Add-In (64-bit Now Available)

The January 2010 updates are available the Office Live Meeting Console and the Live Meeting Outlook Conferencing Add-In. Thanks to Aaron Tiensivu for catching this recent update to the Office Live Meeting Console and the Outlook Conferencing Add-In.

The Live Meeting Outlook Conferencing Add-In update makes available a 64-bit version which works with the 64-bit version [...]