Sunday, December 30, 2007

Interesting votes...

A couple of months ago I posted a poll asking when you implement OCS2007 in your production environment. This poll will be closed in 15 hours from now. Interesting is that 70 percent of my blog visitors are implementing OCS2007 within 1 month. Or already implemented it.


  • 1 month (70 percent)
  • 6 month (15 percent)
  • 1 year (2 percent)
  • other (11 percent)

Winner: 70 percent based on 49 votes and a total of 70 votes. One conclusion: a very good year next jear 2008! A lot of implementations are going on and administrators and end-users are playing with it, that’s very good. Especially Live Meeting 2007 in combination with Office Roundtable etc...

Time for new polls:

How did you implement OCS2007 in your production environment?

Happy New Year and beware of fireworks!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

New OCS KB articles released on OVUG

For more information see: here

MOC 2007 Hotfix KB 943083

Released at 17/12/2007:

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KB articles released for MOC2005, 2007

New on OVUG: KB articles released for MOC2005 and MOC2007

See it: Here

OOF back on 03/01/2008

Dear blogreader,

I am currently out of the office. I will be back on 03/01/08.

Until then, please do not expect me to answer to any e-mail, my phone, or react to voice mail messages.

Thanks for reading my blog this year! Upcoming year lots of extra news about Unified Communications. Well happy New Year and Merry Christmas everybody!

Kind regards,
Joachim Farla e-office m b.v.
Technical Infrastructure Consultant

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Microsoft Response Point


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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

OCS 2007 - Continuous prompts for Address Book download

..after deploying Office Communications Server 2007 Enterprise Edition that the Office Communicator client is unable to download the address book from the IIS server.. nice article on the Communicator blog of Microsoft.


Monday, December 17, 2007

Research Describes Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Unified Communications

Research Describes Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Unified Communications

Businesses can improve productivity, shorten sales cycles, lower travel costs, and enhance customer retention using Microsoft unified communications products and services, Forrester Research finds.
Learn more about the total economic impact of UC.

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Unified Communications IT Pro Sweepstakes

Well go for it!


If you're an IT professional or IT manager living in the United States, you could win a Windows Mobile Smartphone—or the grand prize, a Microsoft RoundTable conference phone. Just sign up for an on-demand webcast or virtual laboratory.

Register for an eligible on-demand webcast or virtual lab with your Windows Live ID, and your name will be automatically entered for the drawings. (If you don't already have a Windows Live ID, it's easy to get one during the registration process.)

One winner will be selected each week through January 28, 2008. Each will receive his or her choice of a Samsung Blackjack, T-Mobile Dash, or Motorola Q Smartphone. Everyone eligible for the weekly drawing also will be entered in the February 1, 2008, drawing for the grand prize—a Microsoft RoundTable conference phone with a 360-degree camera that can capture a panoramic view of meeting participants, track the speaker, and record meetings.

Sign up here

Friday, December 14, 2007

Hyper-V public beta is available for download

The last month I was triggered several times to look at Hyper-V from Microsoft. Main question for me: does Hyper-V support OCS2007 in a virtual environment? I do not have the anwser yet.


  • Quick Migration and cluster high availability - for migration of VMs for planned and unplanned downtime. BTW, don’t forget that Windows Server 2008 now includes support for up to 16 nodes! (up from 8 in WS 2k3)
  • Hyper-V is now included by default in Windows Server manager, which means enabling virtualization is as easy as installing any other role.
  • Support for running Hyper-V with Server Core in the parent partition
  • Volume Shadow Services support
  • VHD Tools support (compaction, expansion and inspection)
  • Hyper-V MMC only installation. The Hyper-V MMC can be installed on Windows Server 2008 without installing the complete Hyper-V role enabling remote management of Hyper-V servers
  • Support for up to 4 virtual SCSI controllers per VM, with 255 VHDs per controller; see demo
  • Support for multiple network adapters per VM; see demo
  • Support for up to 64 GB of memory per VM
  • Note that Hyper-V beta is an English-US only release. The first localized releases will be available prior to RTM.
  • We have made numerous performance, scalability and stability enhancements since the CTP release. We are quite proud of the quality of this beta release, but it is beta, so please send any issues you might find.

Microsoft Corp. this morning delivered a holiday surprise for customers and partners, unveiling a public beta for its hypervisor-based server virtualization technology called Hyper-V, a feature with some versions of Windows Server 2008. Customers and partners today can download Windows Server 2008 RC1 Enterprise with the beta version of Hyper-V to evaluate the new technology, test applications and plan future consolidation, business continuity and high-availability projects.

DOWNLOAD !!! and Readme File

The beta was previously expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2008 with the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Server 2008. The beta is available for download here.

Then, Microsoft's Server Division chief jumped in for some more back-patting.

"Delivering the high-quality Hyper-V beta earlier than expected allows our customers and partners to begin evaluating this feature of Windows Server 2008 and provide us with valuable feedback as we march toward final release,” said Bill Laing, general manager of the Windows Server Division at Microsoft.

This is all a bit hilarious to anyone covering this space closely. Microsoft, in fact, planned to ship the Hyper-V beta in the first half of 2007, then delayed the release to the second half of 2007 and then delayed the delayed release to the first half of 2008. So now Microsoft has beat out the target ship date of its most recent delay and met the target of its first delay, which in Redmond is enough of a good job to warrant a "holiday surprise" fanfare. (Let's also not forget that Microsoft has ripped out a number of Hyper-V features.)

Anyway, the Hyper-V software – code-named Viridian – will give Microsoft a true competitor to VMware's ESX Server software and the Xen-based products from companies such as Citrix and Virtual Iron. The software will replace today's unimpressive Virtual Server software and ship either as a standalone package or with various flavors of Windows Server 2008.

The standalone product will cost $28 – a price seemingly designed to help Microsoft avoid any anti-trust grumbles that might have arisen if it gave away the software.

Most of the major virtualization players now give away some form of their flagship virtualization products. Often, they limit the free package to smaller server configurations, or give away the base hypervisor that handles core virtualization tasks and then charge for management software.

Microsoft's entrance into the market has a number of analysts and reporters speculating that VMware will lose large amounts of revenue. (Forbes managed two stories on Microsoft's surprise: "Microsoft scares VMware" and "Microsoft Declares War on VMware". In actual fact, this was the same story with two different headlines, and the piece contained heroic amounts of disinformation.)

VMware charges between hundreds of dollars and thousands of dollars per socket, depending on the configuration, for the standalone version of ESX Server. Thing is, less than 20 per cent of VMware's revenue comes from standalone hypervisor sales. The company makes the vast majority of its money selling the VMware Infrastructure suite that includes the hypervisor along with a host of management tools.

Microsoft has a lot of work to do before it can match VMware's management bits. For example, Hyper-V will not ship with a complementary package for shifting virtual servers between physical servers, as you'll find today with VMware's VMotion and Citrix's XenMotion. As we understand it, most of the virtualization customers out there today consider this type of software essential.

Those of you who want full details on obtaining and using the Hyper-V beta should pop over here.


This time-limited release of Windows Server® 2008 Release Candidate will expire on June 30, 2008. After this time, you will need to uninstall the software or upgrade to a later release or a fully-licensed version of Windows Server® 2008.
This product requires a valid product key for activation within 30 days of installation.
If you have received a product key via email confirmation, you may use the key with the software you download from this site or with a DVD containing Windows Server® 2008 Release Candidate.

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Office 2007 SP1 fix issues in Communicator 2007

Communicator 2007

  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 now presents more accurate presence information and does so with consistent visual cues.
  • The icons used to display presence are modified so that users who are red-green colorblind can determine people’s presence status.
  • Office Communicator 2007 no longer causes presence icons to flicker when multiple people appear simultaneously.
  • Presence information in Office Communicator 2007 and other Microsoft Office applications is consistent in all scenarios.
  • Microsoft Office Outlook® 2007 no longer starts in the background along with Office Communicator 2007.

Following are the KB articles referenced in the SP1 xls file

  • KB936871 When you sign-in to Communicator, Outlook is started in the background. For example, when you check Task Manager, the Outlook.exe process is running. Additionally, Outlook-related items, such as meeting reminders, may appear.
  • KB936871 To check for a missed conversation, you click the "Voice Mail" search folder in Outlook 2007. Or, you click the "Missed Conversation" notification in Microsoft Office Communicator. If you then check for a missed conversation in the same session of Communicator, you receive a notification that states that Outlook could not be started.
  • KB937212 When a message is saved as a missed conversation in the Microsoft Office Communicator folder in Outlook 2007, the message indicator for the folder does not indicate a new, unread message.

OCS2007 Enterprise Voice Planning and Deployment Guide

Office Communications Server 2007 Document: Enterprise Voice Planning and Deployment Guide

This document provides information to help you plan and deploy Enterprise Voice in your Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 infrastructure.

Release date: 12/13/2007

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This guide offers in a single volume the conceptual, planning, deployment, and management information that you need to successfully integrate Enterprise Voice into your Office Communications Server 2007 infrastructure. Information in this document includes the following:

  • An overview of the architecture, components, and call routing logic of Enterprise Voice.
  • A discussion of the important choices you need to consider before you deploy Enterprise Voice.
  • Step-by-step instructions for deploying Enterprise Voice.
  • Step-by-step instructions for performing fundamental management tasks.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Office Communications Server 2007 Supportability Guide

The purpose of the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Supportability Guide is to provide a central, high-level reference for supported Office Communications Server 2007 topologies and configurations. It is also intended to answer frequently asked questions. This document identifies supported topologies, configurations, and scenarios described in detail in the existing deployment and planning documentation.

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Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 SDK version 3.0.6362.35

This SDK was originally released on July 27, 2007. For a complete list of fixes and changes in this version, please see KB article 946044.

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, formerly called Live Communications Server, delivers streamlined communications to help you find and communicate with the right person, in real time, from the applications you use most.

The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Software Development Kit (SDK) includes documentation and sample applications developed with the Office Communications Server 2007 platform.

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 SDK

The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Software Development Kit (SDK) includes documentation and sample applications developed with the Office Communications Server 2007 platform.


Friday, December 7, 2007

Microsoft UCM API SDK ver 3.0.6362.33 available!

Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API SDK

Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API (UCMA) is an endpoint API that allows advanced developers to build and integrate server applications into an existing Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 infrastructure.


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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Try Exchange 2007 SP1 32-bits before installing

This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This download enables you to evaluate Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1.

This download enables you to evaluate Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1. Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 is designed to reduce the growing cost and complexity of managing a corporate messaging system by providing more control for IT administrators, more value and expanded inbox access for end users, and increased security and compliance for the organization as a whole.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 provides built-in protection technologies to help keep the e-mail system up and running and better protected from outside threats while allowing employees to work from wherever they are using a variety of clients including Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Web Access, and mobile devices. Exchange Server 2007 SP1 makes it easier for IT to deliver these new capabilities to their organizations by making the messaging environment easier to manage and more cost efficient.

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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Microsoft and Federated OCS/LCS Partners Connectivity Outage Notification



Service Outage Notification

Microsoft and Federated OCS/LCS Partners Connectivity Outage Notification

Description:  Microsoft will be upgrading the External Access Proxy which controls the communication between the Microsoft OCS 2007 system and its Federated Partners OCS or LCS systems.

Affected Users:  This outage will prevent users from either Microsoft or its Federated Partners from being able to communicate with each other with Office Communicator.

Start Date/Time: 12/01/2007  12:00am PST

End Date/Time:  12/01/2007  4:00am PST

Services Affected:

· IM and Presence

· OCS – Collaboration

· Communicator Web Access

Impact: All services will be impacted during the upgrade.

Next Update Date:  If the work is completed during the scheduled time then no new communications will occur.  If the work is not completed or there are any issues then a follow up to this email will be sent.  The work window above does not imply the work will take that long, as the actual downtime will be very minimal.

Thank you

BOSD RTC Break Fix team