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Intro to Office Communications Server 2007: Enhance Presence – Part 3

May 13th, 2008 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

I have been creating Office Communications Server 2007 videos for JupiterMedia (www.internet.com/video), and the 3rd video on OCS has been posted.

http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1431564240/bclid1433966019/bctid1529519989

Taken off the video:

“Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 provides support for enhanced presence. Through enhanced presence, co-workers or even bosses can track one another through the use of enhanced presence.

In this video, we will show how you can configure what can be shown to your co-workers, and how enhance presence works in Office Communicator”

Do you like the video? Give some feedback by leaving your comments here.

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FAQ: Is it possible to only use 1 server to deploy Office Communications Server?

January 9th, 2008 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

I’ve received quite some queries about Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007. One of the queries is:

Can I use only 1 server to deploy Office Communications Server?

The simple answer is:

If you do not need external users to connect into the OCS service, then it is OK. The minimum setup is:
1 Domain Controller
1 Member server installed with OCS

The above will only give you simple MSN-like service within your corporate.

However, if you need to have external users to be able to connect back to the OCS, you will need to setup another server called an Edge Server (install the Edge Server roles).

For Audio/Video, you might need ANOTHER server for it, since it will be pretty processor/memory intensive.

So… Is OCS a feasible solution for small businesses? I would say – It depends. If their TOC outweights the benefits, then No. But if they do a lot of trainings and employees are scattered across the place and needs frequently web conference, then yes.

What do you think? Have you tried out OCS2007? Is that what you were expecting?

P.s: OCS2007 was formerly known as Live Communication Server 2003/2005. I’m also doing screencasts on OCS which can be found at www.internet.com/video (http://www.internet.com/video/3601)

More information of OCS can be found: http://office.microsoft.com/communicationsserver. If you need more information or guidance on OCS, you can contact me through this blog or send me an email over at mingteikg [ at    ] blizhosting-Dot-com.

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OCS 2007 Front-end Server Service doesn’t start

November 6th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

If you are deploying Office Communication Server 2007 on a single server with the Active Directory, it will not be possible to start Office Communication Server 2007’s Front-end Service. Under Event Viewer, an error “Error Failure [0xC3EC79E6] Service failed to start as requested” will be logged.

Workaround:

Setup a member server and install OCS 2007 onto it.

Comments or problems, feel free to post in the comments section. 🙂

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Microsoft’s Google Docs and Spreadsheets

October 1st, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

With Software As A Service (SaaS), eg Google Docs getting more and more popular, Microsoft needs a way to counterattack Google’s offering, and to prevent users from moving to Google Docs/Spreadsheets.

As of Oct 1st, 07 onwards, Microsoft is rolling out Office Live Workspace beta.

Office Live Workspace is, in Microsoft’s words, “a new web-based feature of Microsoft Office which lets people access their documents online and share their work with others.” 

Office Live Workspace is not a hosted version of Microsoft Office. Instead, it is — like the rest of the Office Live family — an extension to the client-based version of desktop productivity software. Interestingly, Office Live Workspace isn’t just an extension to Microsoft Office 2007, but also third-party-developed office programs like OpenOffice, StarOffice and more, as well as Office XP.

More information about Office Live Workspace can be found:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/officelive/fx102390721033.aspx

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Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 RTMed!

August 5th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Did you know that Office Communications Server 2007 has RTMed on July 29th?

So what can you expect with OCS, and what is included in this release?

  • Software powered VoIP: by using a smart end-point (aka a PC), OCS and Communicator 2007 allow a much richer experience than traditional VoIP systems.
  • Software economics: OCS works with a broad range of devices, phones, applications from a wide range of partners.
  • Voice quality: The listening and call quality offered by a pre-release version of Office Communications Server 2007 was “considerably better than that provided by [a leading provider’s] IP phones,” according to an independent benchmark study conducted by Psytechnics, a firm specialising in voice-quality research.
  • Easy transition: Companies can get more value from their existing PBX systems, networks and desk phones by using Office Communications Server to add VoIP and unified communications capabilities without ripping and replacing existing investments.
  • Streamlined communications: click-to-call from Outlook, Word, Sharepoint and other apps – including the ability to simply add presence and telephony/video to LOB or custom applications/websites.
  • Tools that travel: It doesn’t matter if you’re in the office sitting at your desk, working from home, or sitting at a coffee shop – you still have all of your communications tools available.  In fact right now I am writing this from a hotel in Seattle.  My girlfriend in Sydney can dial my local 02 phone number and I take the call over here on my PC.  All of this without a VPN!!  As long as I have web access, then I can make and receive calls – and due to our adaptive codecs (more info below) it doesn’t matter that I am running across an unreliable unmanaged network (aka the Internet).

Source: http://blogs.technet.com/jkruse/archive/2007/07/29/ocs-goes-gold.aspx

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