Migrating your OCS Federated Partner Settings to Lync

During the edge migration stage of an OCS to Lync migration, you will likely need to re-establish existing OCS federated partner settings on the new Lync Edge pool.

If you have previously established direct federation connections between OCS and many federated partners that you explicitly allow, the thought of having to manually re-enter these federation settings [...]

Quick Tip – External Contacts with Lync Coexistence

I was involved in a recent Lync migration where a new Lync pool was deployed side-by-side with an OCS 2007 R2 pool. Several pilot users were moved to the new Lync pool and the OCS 2007 R2 edge server was still being used for external Lync and OCS user services.

Everything worked as planned except the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

iPhone Client for OCS

December 2011 Update: Microsoft has released the server-side components and accompanying documentation for the new Lync mobility clients that will be available shortly. See Lync 2010 Mobility Service and Documentation Available for more information.

November 2011 Update: Microsoft has publicly announced and is still on track to release a Lync client for the iOS (iPhone/iPad), Android, [...]

Jabber/Google Talk Interop & Changes to OCS Public IM Licensing

The long awaited OCS interoperability with XMPP-based IM systems (most notably Google Talk and Jabber) has been announced and made possible by a OCS 2007 R2 XMPP Gateway. More details are available here from the Communications Team web site. The Gateway will be a free download and will allow OCS users to:

Add or delete Google [...]

Microsoft Office Communications Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer

Microsoft has recently made available a Beta version of a web tool that can be used to test the external connectivty of your OCS Edge deployment: https://www.testocsconnectivity.com/.

You can choose to manually enter your Edge Access hostname and port (normally 443), or by using auto-discovery (via DNS records). The auto-discovery option is good because it inherently [...]

Six Tips for Deploying OCS R2 with OCS R1

Being familiar with these 6 items before introducing an OCS R2 pool into an OCS deployment (with an existing OCS 2007 R1 pool) could save you some valuable time and frustration.

An important updated tip (tip #6 – a bonus), if you have Blackberry users, consider keeping an OCS 2007 R1 CWA server so that they are [...]