Saturday, October 13, 2007

Custom Presence States in MOC

How to make custom presence states in MOC2007:

Result:

image

Step 1. Create custom XML file (same it in permanent folder)

Example:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<customStates xmlns=
"http://schemas.microsoft.com/09/2005/communicator/customStates"

xmlns:xsi=
"http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"

xsi:schemaLocation=
"http://schemas.microsoft.com/09/2005/communicator/customStates
http://livecommteam/sites/main/ice/Wave%2012%20Docs/CustomActivities.xsd">

       <customState ID="1" availability="online">
              <activity LCID="1033">Working from Home</activity>
       </customState>
       <customState ID="2" availability="busy">
              <activity LCID="1033">In a Live Meeting</activity>
       </customState>
       <customState ID="3" availability="busy">
              <activity LCID="1033">Meeting with Customer</activity>
              <activity LCID="1055">meeting with client</activity>
       </customState>
       <customState ID="4" availability="do-not-disturb">
              <activity LCID="1033">Presenting</activity>
       </customState>
</customStates>

Step 2. Make a *.reg file (and import it):

Example:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Communicator]
"CustomStateURL"="c:\temp\customactivities.xml"

Result:

image

Step 3. Restart your MOC2007 client. There you go.

 

4 comments:

Michiel said...

Nice, but why is there no interface to change these items? Almost every IM client has the possibility to change status messages. Will this be available in a vNext or a powertoy?

Joachim Farla (MCSE2003) said...

Maybe there will be a update in the future. At this moment there isn't. It looks like quite difficult to deploy but there is also a possibility to deploy these presence states by Group Policy (ADS)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Tip
I have 1 query - while customizing my xml , whenever I try to have an entry with Availability set to Away , the file dosent get loaded .
Only Online Busy and Do-not-disturb states are supported

any workarounds to this

I would like to set my status to say " Stepped out for Lunch" and my availability set to away

Anonymous said...

We have installed our MOC2007 on blackberry server and is working perfectly fine. Our Director wants to make a change/policy for the BES/MOC that any conversation on blackberry should have an expiry time and should close so that people should not keep all the conversations with them in their blackberry.