July 2012 Updates to OCS 2007 R2

There were some updates released yesterday for Microsoft OCS 2007 R2.

I haven’t had a chance to look at them in detail, but they all look mostly related to the Group Chat functionality:

Group Chat Server (KB 2728998):  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2728998
Group Chat Administration Tool (KB 2728997):  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2728997
Group Chat Client (KB 2735021):  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2735021

These updates bring the build number up to [...]

Saving OCS User Settings Before a Lync Migration

During an OCS to Lync migration, existing OCS user settings, including user policies, are transitioned to Lync when the OCS pool is merged into the Lync deployment and OCS users are migrated from their home OCS pool to the Lync pool.

In many cases it is helpful to ensure that this transition was done properly and [...]

The Remote UC Troubleshooting Tool (RUCT)

I haven’t done a blog entry for awhile on InsideOCS because I have spent a lot of my extra time developing a small free tool called: The Remote UC Troubleshooting Tool (RUCT).

The tool was born out of my former MOCLogin troubleshooting tool, but I decided to rename it because of the expanded features and all [...]

Microsoft to Acquire Skype

June 30, 2011 Update: Office 365 To Get Skype Integration. It appears Microsoft will integrate Skype functionality into Office 365 voice and video conferencing: http://www.informationweek.com/news/windows/microsoft_news/231000726.

June 17, 2011 Update: Microsoft Wins Antitrust Approval From FTC To Buy Skype: http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110617-713214.html.

This is not Microsoft OCS/Lync news per se, but in case you missed it, this morning Microsoft has entered into an agreement [...]

Integrating OCS 2007 R2 and Polycom Telepresence

A quick tip to anyone integrating the Polycom HDX 8000 video conferencing unit with Microsoft OCS 2007 R2.
When you create the OCS 2007 R2 user to be used for the Polycom HDX 8000 (aka Conference Room User), a key requirement is that this OCS 2007 R2 user CANNOT be fully enabled for Enhanced Presence (by [...]

Recently Released OCS & Lync Resources

I recently published a recap of 10 goodLync resources released in the last few months: http://blog.insidelync.com/2011/04/recently-released-lync-resources/.

One that I found useful for OCS 2007 R2 is the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Address Book Service Configuration Tool available here:


This tool allows you to change the OCS address book settings that [...]

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 [...]

BlackBerry Support for OCS 2007 R2 & Lync Coming in Early 2011

April 4, 2011 Update:  BES 5.0 SP3 has been released which adds support for Microsoft OCS 2007 R2. See Blackberry Support for OCS 2007 R2 and Lync is Now Available for more information.

Many readers of this blog are interesting in BlackBerry support for Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 and Lync, so I wanted to provide this [...]

Lync & OCS Migration Top 10

Here are my Top 10 quick frequently-needed facts when you are first considering a Lync 2010 migration from OCS 2007 R2 (or if you are considering co-existence).
1. Lync 2010 Servers Can Coexist with OCS 2007 R2 Servers (in an OCS 2007 R2 Deployment)
• They can coexist in the same AD Forest and AD Domain, but [...]

Lync and OCS Administration Tools

A quick post with 5 key reminders about administering OCS and Lync in a coexistence scenario. As with previous OCS/Lync releases, the general rule is that you must use the administrative tools that ship with the server version that you want to manage.

1. The Lync Server Administration Tools Cannot be Installed Alongside the OCS 2007 [...]