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 [...]

OCS R2 Administrative Tools – Quick Facts

As many OCS 2007 R1 deployments move to OCS 2007 R2, mixed deployments with both OCS R1 and OCS R2 pools are becoming more common.

Here are some notable reminders about the OCS  R2 Administrative Tools in a mixed deployment that you should know about:

The R1 and R2 Admin Tools cannot be installed side-by-side together on [...]

OCS R2 – Summary of the Changes to Server Roles

In light of the new OCS R2 server roles and capabilities, here is a summary of the significant changes on the server side and topology (from OCS 2007).

Changes to Existing OCS 2007 Server Role

OCS 2007 Role




Several key changes:

·         Application Sharing [...]

OCS R2 Office Communicator Client Interopability

With the introduction of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2, many are asking which Office Communicator clients are supported in an R2 environment. The following table should help answer the most common questions about client interoperability.





Office Communicator 2005


Yes (*)

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Launch

In case you have missed the buzz, tomorrow (Tuesday, February 3rd), is the official launch of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2.

Microsoft is hosting a virtual launch event available at starting at 9:30am Pacific Time (12:30pm Eastern Standard Time). This event will include an overview of new R2 product capabilities, breakout sessions, partner information, [...]

OCS 2007 R2 Key Facts

People currently deploying, or planning to deploy, Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 maybe wondering about the next release of OCS (‘R2’), when making deployment decisions today. Here are some quick key facts that you need to know.

New Features
This recent Microsoft press release provides a nice summary of the new features. Noteworthy is the ability to [...]