Thursday, February 28, 2008

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Office Communications Server 2007 Software Update Service

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Software Update Service provides an automated way to update all unified communications devices deployed in an organization.



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Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 Presence Controls

The Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 Presence Controls use the automation interfaces of Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 to show presence information using Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007.


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Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB945684)

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Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB945684)

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Day -4 UC Voice Ignite Tour

Today we get very nice sessions.

I really hate myself because yesterday I did leave early because I had a bunch of e-mail (150 by the end of the day) into my business mailbox. So, a lot of work after very intense days of slide desks and lab’s.

The presenters over here are really great guys. It's also no problem to put on your questions after the initial sessions. Especially the guys from Global Knowledge (Thomas, Jan, Chris) did a very good job. The are also the makers of the UC Voice Ignite lab environment. Congrats to Global Knowledge!

Today we did a lot of stuff about Exchange 2007 SP1 and how it will integrate into OCS2007. How inbound provision works on the Microsoft Office Communicator Phone Edition aka Tanjay. Especially how you need to use the debugging tools and resource kit tools. And of course how to know in which sequence you need to use it.

The greatest moment in my opinion was the "make it real" session. Make your own OCS/Voice solution for a fictive customer. In my group we are sitting with guys with multiple competences. So that's very cool. As always you see that holding a centralized discussion is not easy at all!

Tomorrow morning we will continue with the current design we made. From this moment we already designed a very nice architecture (OCS internal infrastructure, OCS Edge infrastructure, ADS design - Site configuration, PKI/DNS configuration etc).

I had a very nice day! Thanks guys. We also have some information (under NDA) for the next OCS version. Sorry I cannot say anything about that :-) Same people will now probably say jackass , it's  just to juice it up a little.

Tips or just features to make the product better please contact me (

I will pass it through to Microsoft.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Day -3 UC Voice Ignite Tour

Sneak peak - because SP1 for Exchange is already released this information is not delivered under NDA. When doing labs on the Voice Ignite Tour we tested and filter packets/decode SIP. The is some nice news about SP1 for Exchange 2007

The Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging service and the UM worker process use multiple Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) service ports to communicate with IP gateways and the Speech Engine service worker process that is created by the Microsoft Exchange Speech Engine service at startup.

The Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging service and the UM worker process use Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) over TCP. By default, the Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging service listens on TCP port 5060 in unsecured mode and TCP port 5061 when Mutual Transport Layer Security (MTLS) is used. Each UM worker process that is created listens on TCP port 5065 and 5066. However, when an IP gateway or IP sends Realtime Transport Protocol (RTP) traffic to the Speech Engine service worker process, the IP gateway or IP PBX will use a valid UDP port that ranges from 1024 through 65535. If wou would like to change this port search for the UMConfig.xml file in the BIN directory of Exchange.

New in Service Pack 1 (SP1)

  • The Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging service will listen on TCP ports 5060 and 5061 at the same time.
  • Each UM worker process that is created listens on port 5065 and 5067 (unsecured) and 5066 and 5068 (secured).
  • Exchange Management Console additions
  • Secure Dial Plan Support
  • Support for inband fax tone detection
  • QoS support using DiffServ
  • Performance improvements
  • Support for Windows Server 2008
  • Support for OCS2007
  • New sort of dailplans (New Dailplan Wizard - VOIP security settings/URI type

End conclusion: The sessions are gettings better and more indepth information. After some labs I had really do some work (150 e-mails within 1 day ahhhh :-). A couple of hours ago I did some side-seeing (Tour le Eiffel, Champes de Lycee or something - my french is not very well :-) And of course looked at some places where only celebs live.

Louis Vuitton Palace:


Just a Lamborghini Shop (to buy some cars)


Hmm.. black not by colour....


Do you need some nespresso cups...?

img048 Two days of Voice Ignite Tour to go. Watch my weblog and enjoy.

Last but not least everybody thank you very much for staying tuned on this weblog. I'll really appreciate it. If you have some feedback on this weblog or you have some ideas let me know!

Day - 2 UC Voice Ignite Tour

What a wonderful event the UC Voice Ignite Tour. Great labs and good stuff to talk about with Microsoft-dudes.

At this event we have pretty good presenters Jan Brannstrom, Scoot Stubberfield, Chris Olsen, Doug Lawty, Byron Spurlock (also author of the OCS Resource Kit :-), Thomas Lee from Global Knowledge. Within some labs we needed to enter a lot of nomalization rules in a location profile in OCS2007.

Because working in pairs we thought ok, well we can also put in the normalization rules from 2 machines at the same time. Tip: do not input/enter normalization rules within the location profile at the same time.

Might be some buggy in large organizations I think. Especially at companies with multiple administrators who configure normalization rules.

our example:

Person A entering the normalization rules direct on the OCS server (same for Standard and Enterprise deployments)

Person B entering the normalization rules from a client logged on the domain with OCS Administrative Tools installed.

By clicking APPLY from both machines in the same window in a certain period (couple of seconds in our case) of time will make your changes inconsistently.

In which scenario will you come?

  • you entered the normalization rules in pairs
  • the first one hitting the apply button will see that the normalization rules are created
  • the second person who is hitting the apply button will not visually see that the normalization rules are created!
  • after entering the normalization rules you can click the forest-top into your MMC en see on the right side of your screen (Voice Tab) - the normalization rules you created both are visual
  • when opening your location profile you do not see all the normalization created before

Most of the time (when I do not see visually that the normalization is created people/administrators try it again. When doing so you will receive a OCS Warning box "The normalization rule name conflicts with other rule in the system".


1. Restart your FE-services in OCS (not affective in all circumstances)

2. Edit your domain portion of your directory (ADS) by going for example to  (you would only ee the some GUID's referring to your normalization rules)

DC=contoso,DC=com >CN=System>CN=Microsoft>CN=RTC Service, CN=Location Normalization Rules


do decide which GUID needs to be removed open each GUID and put on the option showing only strings with values. After finding the right GUID, delete the GUID and all if fixed up.

From Microsoft-insides there is no solution for this. Which means no one is contacting PSS for this. This is pure an assumption we did not verify already.


Monday, February 25, 2008

Day -1 UC Voice Ignite Tour

First of all I cannot blog about technical topics presented within the UC Voice IgNite Tour for NDA reasons. Hopefully around the end of April we can say more about in-depth topics.

The information was quite a lot :-):


Some more: clip_image004

The overall feeling at this moment: I did not see very new things in the complete line-up. Hopefully this will come up the next few days. The UC Voice Ignite Tour is a 5-Technical Training (level 350-400)

The only thing I can say is that Microsoft and associated partners knows the market very well.

They know very precisely how to cheat and boosting things up. Especially looking into the worldwide community of traditional telephony systems.

The laptops running the UC virtual images are very well set upped (so the audio quality is better than before - example the OCS Ignite Tour in Amsterdam)

For people who like cars, you definitely see the cars over here, BMW 760li, BMW 650i, Cayenne etc.

Some pics about the view of my hotel room:


clip_image008 Great to be here and everything is very well organized. Even the food is outstanding.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Day - 0 UC Voice Ignite Tour

Today, I travelled to Paris for joining the Unified Communications Voice Ignite Tour. Currently I'm staying in "Le Meridien Etoile".

Absolutely a very nice hotel. Big lobby and a great enterance. Well it was very hard to find this hotel! The “perifirique” is quite a hell by driving your car. From all places you see scooters expensive cars etc. ;-) After 479 km of driving I did arrive at my hotel.

I've already see the UC Voice Ignite registration desk.

The next 5 days the UC Voice Ignite Tour kicks in. Because all the topics in the Voice Ignite are under NDA (what I've been told by Thomas Lee) I cannot blog much technical things. So I can only ventilate my own feelings and vision about UC Voice.

Here some pictures:





and a big LCD-TV :-)


Well I going to sleep now.

Tomorrow morning the first day of the UC Voice Ignite Tour. I really enjoy myself here.

By the end of the day of course a nice blogpost.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Unified Communications User Group the User Group (UCUG) in the Netherlands is released a couple of weeks ago! Formerly this user group was named DMCUG (Dutch Messaging Collaboration User Group) primarily focused on Exchange Server and a little bit of SharePoint. As OCS/LCS freak I joined this user groups years ago.

More information see.

Special thanks to Steven van Houttum and Jaap Wesselius Because the complete market is using the term "Unified Communications" also the name is changed. Not only the name even the topics are changed. So more LCS/OCS things. Join!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Office Communicator and Live Meeting 2007 Languages & Localisation

Good post on Modality Systems (John Lamb) about MOC2007 LCID's and LM2007 LCID and MUI's. Good post see


When debugging your logging in OCS you see that everything is logged about how the client (in this case Microsoft Office Communicator 2007) is handshaking with the OCS server.

When the client is authenticating itself it can be by Kerberos (preferred) of NTLM authentication.

Maybe it's good to know before debugging your log files how these steps technically working.

Method 1. (Authenticating by Kerberos)

  • 1. Client: REGISTER (unauthenticated) to OCS
  • 2. 401 Unauthorized > response with NTLM/Kerberos (pingback from OCS server)
  • 3. Client: REGISTER - kerberos response
  • 4. Server: 200 OK - kerberos signature

Method 2. (Authenticating by NTLM)

  • 1. Client: REGISTER (unauthenticated) to OCS
  • 2. 401 Unauthorized > response with NTLM/Kerberos (pingback from OCS server)
  • 3. Client: REGISTER - ask for NTLM challenge response
  • 4. Server: 401 Unauthorized - challenge with NTLM
  • 5. Client: REGISTER - NTLM response
  • 6. Server: 200 OK - NTLM signature 

Make sure that when the server has a REGISTER it can respond with different respond codes (categories).

Short summary:

301 Redirect - the server is telling the user which server is the home server (very efficient logon)

200 OK - the server is directly accepting the registration

403 Forbidden - in this case the SIP URI is already used in the organization and related to another user

404 Not Found - the client is not allowed log in because user URI does not exist

504 Server Timed-Out - indicates a network rounting problem of outage

Source: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Resource Kit

Diagnostic Tools in OCS

Daily, I'll spend some time in discussion and newsgroups to see if I can help people drill down their environment to see how we can resolve some issues/problems. 

There are very good newsgroups on OCS/LCS. Spend some time to click around and summit questions if you have. Very frequently there are some guy’s answering these questions. Some guy would be me of course.

TechNet Discussion Groups on OCS

TechNet Discussion Groups on MOC

Office Communications Server 2007 Forum

70 percent of the questions within the newsgroups are mostly not investigated yet by the discussion member itself. You really can drill down your problem with very good tools released by Microsoft. Most of the time when having such items we need to ask you (did you run the Validation Wizard, did you snooper your log)

Today I would like to give you a overview on which diagnostic tools you can use and where you can download these tools. Within my own mindset it would be;

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Resource Kit:image

  • Book: here  (this is amazing! 758 pages of OCS stuff) - order in NED
  • Tools: here

Tools (Top 5):

  • (1) Validation Wizard - validate and analyze current configuration and connectivity. Can be launched from the MMC.
  • (2) OCS2007 Logging Tool - start and stops server logs. Can be launched from the MMC.
  • (3) Eventvwr - Windows Operating System. Start > Run > eventvwr
  • (4) Client LogReader - script that client trace logs and highlight errors - Install the OCS Resource Kit
  • (5) Snooper - GUI for summarizing, searching, viewing logs

More in-depth tools are available see: CheckSPN - Archiving CDR Reporter, DBanalyze,LCSDiscover,SIPParser,SrvLookup

So, basically when submitting questions within these newsgroups check these tools and maybe you can get it more to the point for us.  A side of this approach I know there will be some questions you cannot debug/trace please enjoy and give us these questions.

Our goal is to give you a bug free and stable platform!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

IT Showcase: Deploying Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007

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By using a phased approach and an isolated pre-production environment, Microsoft IT successfully deployed Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communicator 2007 to over 85,000 users worldwide. MSIT was able to provide valuable feedback to the product group and help to ensure the product would meet all availability, scalability, and security requirements before RTM.

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New UC/OCS presentations and demo's

Source: thanks brettjo

Administering within a UC environment
(PPT 2003, 4.3 MB) | (PPTX 2007, 1 MB)

Deploying Office Communicator 2007
(PPT 2003, 10.9 MB) | (PPTX 2007, 1.8 MB)

Embedding UC in your applications
(PPT 2003, 13.2 MB) | (PPTX 2007, 5.82 MB)

Exchange Server 2007 SP1 overview
(PPT 2003, 8.16 MB) | (PPTX 2007, 2.34 MB)

Security and governance in UC solutions
(PPT 2003, 10.8 MB) | (PPTX 2007, 2.41 MB)

Solutions for mobility and anywhere access
(PPT 2003, 8.94 MB) | (PPTX 2007, 2.43 MB)

Unified communications and the end user
(PPT 2003, 8.66 MB) | (PPTX 2007, 2.43 MB)

User-focused approach to optimal VoIP quality
(PPT 2003, 7.89 MB) | (PPTX 2007, 2.46 MB)

VoIP Topologies and interoperability
(PPT 2003, 12.7 MB) | (PPTX 2007, 4.16 MB)

Web conferencing solutions
(PPT 2003, 12.4 MB) | (PPTX 2007, 2.93 MB)

Driving Presence

Very interesting post by Jens Trier weblog about driving presence.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Conference Expiration Period

We are running OCS for 7 months now and first migrated our environment from Live Communications Server 2005 SP1 to Office Communications Server 2007 RTM Enterprise - Expanded Configuration.

Before running the RTM version of OCS we ran OCS 2007 Beta 3 (Certified Schema) in production. And before that we experimented with Beta 1 in a closed environment completely under NDA. Nice thing to know - the first thread in the RTC Private Beta newsgroup of OCS was from e-office ;-)

Sins 1 month we are downscaled to Office Communications Server 2007 RTM Standard Edition - Consolidated Topology - 1 OCS Standard Edge Consolidated, OCS Mediation Server and Communicator Web Access server. Everything works fine. The expanded configuration was way to big for us (110 employees).

OCS is not only for me a big change in life. It really affects the way how I organize my work. Especially how I streamlined my business communication with customers. Truly sure it makes my work much easier. As described earlier not only for me it's a big change but also for my colleagues the Information Workers at e-office m.

When using OCS and it's features like Live Meeting 2007, MOC, MOCM end-users came with different sets of questions. One question really triggers me to figure out how Live Meeting is dealing with expiration dates etc.

Basically what do you need to know? Understanding how expiration in conferencing flows.

Office Communications Server did not store conferences and their content indefinitely. Pure to make sure no disk space is lost and performance is not affected. When a conference is scheduled it will get an expiration date. The conference data record is deleted when conferences expire. All content associated with the meeting is deleted within one logical process. No the organizer or participants can join the meeting from that moment.

Within the RTC database in OCS a low priority thread (stored procedure) searches for conference that meets the all of the following criteria:

- Expiration time associated, expiration time has passed, or no expiration date is specified, six months has passed since last recorded conference activation


- the conference is not currently active.

When no expiration date is specified the maximum grace period (six months) is used as expiration time.

Example (1):


Example (2): Object Dependencies of ConfExpireConference


Unified Communications event UK


Source: Jason Langridge weblog (Thanks Jason!)

The conference takes place on the 9th and 10th of April this year and the UC and Mobile team will be attending the event this year.

Who should attend:

Unified Communications '08, Incorporating VoIP for Business is relevant for professionals with the following job titles working in organisations of all sizes and in all sectors:

  • CIOs, Business Managers and Technical Directors
  • Sales and Marketing Directors, line of business managers
  • IT Directors, IT and Network Managers and Communications Managers

Some nice stands. Register

Mitel,Polycom,NEC Philips,Dimension Data,Microsoft

Cannot send file in OC

Case: file transfer between a internal OC client and a external OC client separated with a public firewall.


Cannot send "OCS Deployment documentation v1.docx" to Menno Windsma. This may be due to firewall restrictions or network problems. Please try again. If you need further assistance, contact your system administrator.

I did get a couple of questions how to resolve this issue. There are three layers you need to check before going to the next step:

1. Check your internal OCS server Application (check if your server is filtering file extensions or specified file extensions)

2. Check your edge infrastructure (Access Edge) if you have one. Make sure this server is also excepting your file extension.

3. Check your firewall (example ISA2006)

More information on step 3. Make sure the following ports are open. Type:Office Communicator,6891-6901,TCP

(Port ranged used by Office Communicator for file transfer)

Phone numbers in Microsoft Office Communicator 2007

Nice post on the MSFT Communicator weblog. Phone numbers in Microsoft Office Communicator 2007

Monday, February 18, 2008

ODC 2008 is over...


The Microsoft Office System Developer Conference 2008 is closed

Our colleague Ton Stegeman (SharePoint 2007 MVP) was attending the conference in San Jose California February 10-13.

If you are interested in pure SharePoint 2007 coding, webparts and cool stuff visit his website at Ton Stegeman SharePoint 2007 weblog. We are very proud to have Ton in our team!

As requested Ton was attending some interesting OCS/UC sessions. Interesting sessions and topics in my opinion were:

Breakout Sessions:

  • Unified Communications: Under the hood of Office Communications Server and Exchange Server.
  • Anywhere Information Access with OCS Speech Server 2007.
  • Business Process Communications with UCMA.
  • Embedding Contextual Collaboration with the Communicator 2007 API.
  • Building Contextual Collaboration Clients for Web and Enterprise Portals.
  • Building Enterprise Mashups with Exchange Web Services.
  • Programming Conferencing Solutions with the Live Meeting Service XML API.

Some highlights and displayed in short keywords.

Tuesday in the morning. Keynote 2 by Gurdeep Singh Pall, Corporate VP UC Group. The big entrance (very amazing) by Gurdeep. He had a very nice presentation on why you should use UC-products, business case was wine-dealer, 2 very nice demo's with custom made fill-in forms and automatic back-end connections to the corporate support desk.

Building UC applications are based on three pillars

  • Contextual collaboration
  • Enhanced presence for business process communications
  • Integration/speech and communication between people and UC automated bots
    Click to communicate (anywhere information access)

Business process communications with UCMA (SER312) lots of coding and very nice example's. the most important thing is that you realize how you integrate UC into your business processes. 

Actis wins AudioCodes Channel Excellence Award 2007

More info: (Dutch) website

During the AudioCodes Channel Partner Event in Jerusalem AudioCodes rewarded Actis with a Channel Partner Excellence Award 2007 for the second time in line. Harm Overgoor received the AudioCodes Award in January of this year.

100% growth in revenue, Microsoft OCS implementations at end-users like Deloitte and Shell and the development of IP Media Gateway market for enterprises- and carrier networks were the main reasons for AudioCodes to reward Actis again with the Channel Partner Excellence Award.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

OCS Voice Ignite Tour within 1 week...

One week from now on and the UC Voice Ignite Tour in Paris begins! If you would like to meet me @ the conference and you are also invited like I did may be we can hook up sometimes.

Hotel Info

Hotel Name:
Le Meridien Etoile

Hotel Address:
81 Boulevard Gouvion Saint-Cyr 75848
Paris, 75017

This invitation-only no-fee* event is based on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 unified messaging (UM) and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007.

Microsoft’s Unified Communications (UC) Voice Ignite is a 5-day technical workshop for partners who are proactively mobilizing their IT, Networking, and Telecommunication professionals to deliver Voice over IP solutions to customers.

Bottomline 5-days of technical training Level 350-400. I'm really looking forward to this event and I would like to thank Microsoft Netherlands for this onetime opportunity.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Did Mitel support Dual Forking?

Mitel has annoucned SIP forking interoperability as part of the big launch in October 2007.

Mitel is currently in beta with their IP platforms (CX /
MX) on software 8.0UR3, where SIP forking will be part of the SIP integration into mediation server of OCS.

The official support will be added after interop through Microsofts program after which an entry in the mentioned directory will appear.

Mitel did this before with the direct integration into Exchange 2007 :
(scroll down to the bottom)

Supported IP-PBXs
The following PBXs are supported through direct SIP connection with Exchange Server 2007 UM.

PBX Manufacturer
PBX Model/Type
Required Software Version Cisco
5.0, 5.1, 6.0
Interactive Intelligence
Customer Interaction Center
3300 CXi, CX / MXe
7.1 UR2
Nortel Networks
CS 1000


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Unified Communications Enhanced Presence Schemas for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007

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The Unified Communications Enhanced Presence Schemas are intended for application developers who are interested in publishing or subscribing to enhanced presence within the Microsoft unified communications application framework while maintaining interoperability with Microsoft Office Communicator 2007. The accompanying XML Schema Definition (XSD) files are provided as an application development tool.
The enhanced presence model provides finer control over published presence information. Unified communications clients, other than Communicator, need to understand these presence data types if they are to interoperate with Microsoft Office Communicator 2007.

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Choices in Unified Communications: Comparing Microsoft OCS 2007 to IBM Lotus Sametime 8.0

IBM Lotus Sametime and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 are the two most widely deployed premises-based enterprise unified communications systems " loosely defined for these purposes as a system that includes elements of presence, instant messaging, voice and/or voice conferencing, web conferencing,

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Google apps get Unified Communications

It was bound to happen... Google Apps have finally become connected to the world of Unified communications.

Bill Gates Keynote Video at Office Developers Conference 2008

Bill Gates Keynote Video at Office Developers Conference 2008

Check out the Bill Gates Keynote Address at this year’s Office Developers Conference.

Channel 9 also has a behind the scenes interview with Bill Gates on Office development:

Microsoft Office Developer Center:

Microsoft Office Developer Webcasts and Virtual Labs:

Microsoft Roundtable stars in CSI:NY

Microsoft Roundtable stars in CSI:NY

February 11, 2008


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

How to configure webscheduler?


Today we installed the Web Scheduler of Live Meeting 2007. It takes my a while to install this web scheduler so for you a quick wrap-up.

What do you need to know before installing?

General information:

Web Scheduler is a resource kit tool for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. It provides a Web-based alternative to the add-in for the Microsoft Outlook messaging and collaboration client for the purpose of scheduling a meeting using Office Communications Server 2007. It also provides a browser-based conference management experience that includes operations such as:

  • Scheduling a new Live Meeting conference or conference call.
  • Viewing and modifying details of an existing conference.
  • Listing all existing user schedules of a Microsoft Office conference.
  • Deleting an existing conference.
  • Sending an e-mail invitation to conference participants by using a configured SMTP mail server.
  • Joining an existing conference.

Implementation steps:

Step 1. Install the Web Scheduler of Live Meeting 2007.

Download and install it on your Web Components Sever (in our case a Standard Edition server) download it here

Step 2. Active Web Scheduler

After installation is complete, you need to activate Web Scheduler using the same user name and password that you used to activate Web Components on the computer. If you do not remember the user name used to activate Web Components, use the following steps. Open IIS Manager (%SystemRoot%\system32\inetsrv\iis.msc), and then navigate to Local Computer, Application Pools, and LSGroupExpAppPool. Right-click LSGroupExpAppPool, click Properties, and then click the Identity tab. Note the user name under Configurable identity type. You only need the name part of the string. If the user name string is Domain\RTCComponentService, RTCComponentService is what you need to use in the activation procedure.

To activate Web Scheduler on Standard Edition, use the following command line:

LcsCmd.exe /web /action:Activate /role:Meeting /poolname:<pool_name> /User:<user_name> /Password:<password>.

Make sure the pool name is: computername otherwise you will get an (Pool is not ready error in your HTML debugfiles)

LcsCmd.exe tool is located under %CommonProgramFiles%\Office Communications Server 2007. Use pool_name = name of the computer (for example, computer1).

In our case:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007>LCSCmd
/web /action:Activate /role:Meeting /poolname:<COMPUTERNAME> /User:RTCComponentService /

3. edit your web.config files

To configure the Web servers for sending e-mail invitations to invited participants, you need to configure an SMTP server. Make sure you edit both web.config files @

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007\Web Components\Conf\Ext

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007\Web Components\Conf\Int

*****extract from our web.config file*****

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<configuration xmlns="">

        <add key="IsExternal"/>

        <add key="SMTPServer" value="<MAILSERVERFQDN>"/>

And up and running! Enjoy. And some screenshots how it works and looks:


Continue our dream..

e-office the Working Easier company

e-office is a company with a dream, our dream is called Working Easier. Our goal is to create the ultimate digital working environment that helps you and your colleagues to collaborate without boundaries.

To create these environments we use the People, Organisation and Technology principle. You need input and knowledge of all three fields to create the ideal working environment. The latest technology to make rich collaboration possible, enhancement of organisational processes to make sure there’s a fit with the Working Easier solution and last but not least, the human factor: People. The success of a solution depends on the people who work with it. That’s why e-office builds Working Easier solutions for and around people. Knowing what drives people, knowing what they define as successful is essential for a Working Easier solution.

e-office is constantly focussed on finding better solutions, therefore innovation is one of the driving forces. e-office is Microsoft Gold partner in the area of Information Worker and Infrastructure. Microsoft enables us to be a frontrunner on the Dutch market when it comes to implementing new technology.

For example e-office had the first Office2007 project, the first MOSS2007 MVP in The Netherlands and now our extensive knowledge on Unified Communications enables us to do projects in this area.

Obviously we’re ‘eating our own dogfood’ which means implementing all our learnings in our own high tech working environment. Check YouTube for a first impression of e-office: here

Are you interested in joining e-office please check our website and fill out the application form: here or contact me directly

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

IIS and multi threads

Sorry, for posting not much of contents lately. This moment I'm very busy at a customer side in Papendrecht (Netherlands). Right now I'm working on a implementation of a complete MOSS2007 infrastructure. This infrastructure is also placed in a staging environment where deployment of webparts, solutions and features are daily tasks. This day we see some strange behaviours in our IIS6.0 server running on Windows Server Standard Edition R2 X64 SP2.

Event ID 7076, 6398, and 6432 recurring errors;-(

After a lot of debugging I focussed myself on this item.

In our eventvwr we saw the following error messages: 7076, 6398, and 6432. Microsoft has now found the root cause of this problem to be the IIS ADSI provider. Essentially, if you have a process with more than one thread and two threads access IIS 6.0 at the same time, then this issue occurs.  This problem is likely to occur for the SharePoint Timer service (OWSTimer.exe) in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. In our customer case it was the OWSTimer responsible for throwing up this error.





So I contacted Microsoft Customer Support Services to pickup my custom hotfix (WindowsServer2003.WindowsXP-KB946517-x64-ENU) for x64 systems where IIS6.0 is installed. After downloading the hotfix I install the hotfix and my eventvwr was completely clean ;-).

So, my tips for all users when installing OCS2007 or MOSS2007 on Windows Server 2003 x64/IIS6.0 (WOW64 support) please make sure this hotfix is installed when you have problems with eventid  7076, 6398, and 6432.

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Saturday, February 9, 2008

LMUG Virtual Breakout Session

Virtual Break Out Room Webcast on 26th February 2008


Webcasts and Events

Virtual BreakOut rooms for Live Meeting 2007
26th February 2008, 4-5pm GMT
Join us for our next event on Live Meeting 2007.
Click here to register

Office Communications Server 2007 Visio stencil


Use the Office Communications Server 2007 Visio stencil to create your own diagrams of Office Communications Server topologies using Visio.

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  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Vista; Windows XP
  • This download works with the following Office applications:
    • Microsoft Office Visio 2007
    • Microsoft Office Visio 2003


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

UC&C event e-office 17th of April

This week e-office is organizing the fourth UC&C event in Houten. This session is as usual completely full. We are very happy to see that, and especially to see people and companies searching for Working Easier products like OCS.

Unified Communications is getting more and more hot these days. Time is changing some points of view. Even within the activities around organizing an UC event for our customers and outsiders. Some key aspects are:

  • more demos on Live Meeting 2007, file upload, whiteboard sessions, controls in LM, audio/video integrating panoramic view with RoundTable
  • smaller groups to be more faced with the products (easier for discussions)

17th of April e-office is presenting the fifth unified communication and collaboration event in Houten (the Netherlands).

This event gives you a global overview of the functionalities of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Communicator 2007, Live Meeting 2007.

At the end we will go more indepth for people who need more technical information. I will present the last 30 minutes of this session. Within this session I will show you the buildingblocks to start with OCS2007.


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Before my presentation we will do some demo's because we are a company in believing "show me how it works".

Agenda of this event:

13.00 - 13.30 hour: coffee and tea
13.30 - 14.00 hour: introduction of unified communications & collaboration
14.00 - 15.00 hour: demo unified communications

15:00 - my presentation ;-)
15.00 - 15.30 hour: pause
15.30 - 16:00 hour: discussion about experiences
16:30 - 17:30 hour: wrap up and after snack!
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Interact 2008


A new event being delivered this Spring, and for the partners reading this blog and trying to determine how to differentiate between this and Voice Ignite... Voice Ignite is deep technical training for partners. Interact is intended to be an event for UC Community Influencers.


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Sunday, February 3, 2008

OCS 2007 Data sheet

Office Communications Server 2007 Datasheet

An overview of features and functionality in Office Communications Server 2007

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Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 delivers streamlined communications for your users so they can find and communicate with the right person, right now, from the applications they use most (like Microsoft Office Outlook). Without expensive infrastructure and network upgrades, you can deliver streamlined communications, including software-powered VoIP, Web conferencing and enterprise instant messaging, while maintaining the operational control required.


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