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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Additions & Changes to Microsoft TechNet OCS Resources

There have recently been several noteworthy changes to the Microsoft TechNet OCS and UC resources available on TechNet.  Here is a summary of the changes:

1) The OCS TechNet Forums have Moved

If you have never used them before, the Microsoft OCS TechNet Forums are a great resource for asking questions and resolving problems. As of last [...]

October 2009 Updates for Communicator 2007 R2 and OCS 2007 R2

October 2009 updates for both Office Communicator 2007 R2 and OCS 2007 R2 Server are available.

Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 

Download: Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Hotfix KB 972884
Knowledge base article on what this update fixes.

One fix caught my eye: “Error message when you log off, restart, or shut down a computer that is running Communicator [...]

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 [...]

OCS R2 32-bit Administrative Tools

Further to my post on OCS R2 Administrative Tools – Quick Facts, here is how to install the 32-bit version of the OCS R2 32-bit Administrative Tools.

Note: the 32-bit version is currently not supported on Windows XP; only Windows Vista SP1 (Business or Enterprise), Windows Server 2003 with SP2, and Windows Server 2008.

The 32-bit installation is available [...]

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 [...]