OCS Renamed to “Microsoft Lync” & Public Release Candidate Available


Some significant announcements today – the next release of OCS, Microsoft Communications Server “14” (aka ‘Communications Server 2010’), and the associated client software (e.g. Office Communicator, Live Meeting, etc…) have all been re-branded under the name “Microsoft Lync”.

The official Microsoft press release can be viewed here: Microsoft Lync: A New Name for a New Generation [...]

Configuring OCS Simultaneous Ring with CUCM 7.1

I recently co-authored a Microsoft Next Hop article that gives an introduction to configuring Direct SIP between Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 and Cisco Call Manager 7.1 – see Direct SIP: Cisco Unified Communications Manager 7.1. This post gives addition information about further integrating the systems from an end user perspective.

In addition to the information in [...]

July 2010 Updates to Communicator and OCS (Cumulative Update 6)

There has been a new round of updates for Communicator 2007 R2, OCS 2007 R2, and OCS 2007 R2 Group Chat – known as Cumulative Update 6 (CU6).

** Sept 2, 2010 Update **: Microsoft has temporarily removed the Cumulative Update 6 (CU6) until an issue with the Response Group Service can be fixed. See News: Office [...]

Issue Launching the Live Meeting Client for Hosted Live Meetings

On a desktop I use regularly, I had a nagging Live Meeting issue when trying to attend a hosted Live Meeting. After clicking the “Join Meeting” link I received the following error:

I had always assumed the root cause was that the Live Meeting client was getting confused between on-premise and  hosted live meetings because I [...]

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, [...]