OCS PIC Changes

July 7, 2009

in Microsoft, OCS

There have been some changes the way Microsoft is handling the PIC (Public IM Connectivity) federation.  Several changes went into effect on July 1st, 2009.  These changes include:

  • The Live Communications Sever Public IM Connectivity (LCS PIC) license will be renamed Office Communications Server Public IM Connectivity (OCS PIC) license.
  • Customers with Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Standard CAL or Office Communications Server 2007/Live Communications Server 2005 SP1 Standard CAL with Software Assurance will no longer require an additional license to federate with Windows Live.  (A license will still be required for federation with AOL & Yahoo!.)
  • With Windows Live federation, customers are able to add Windows Live contacts to their Office Communicator contact list, view presence and send and receive instant messages.

Please take a moment to read the post from the OCS team for more details.  Also available for download is the OCS PIC Provisioning Guide which outlines the entire PIC provisioning process.

Overview

This document describes the requirements and processes for activating and provisioning public instant messaging (IM) connectivity for Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 R2, Office Communications Server 2007, and Live Communications Server 2005.

Public IM Connectivity Licensing Option Office Communications Server Version and Eligibility Requirement* Federation Partner Eligibility* Usage* Provisioning Process
Office Communications Server Standard Client Access License (CAL) Standard CAL for any of the following:

· Office Communications Server 2007 R2

· Office Communications Server 2007 with active Software Assurance (SA)

· Live Communications Server 2005 SP1 with active SA

Note: Office Communications Server 2007 or Live Communications Server 2005 SP1 without active SA requires purchase of a per-user Office Communications Server Public IM Connectivity License for federation with Windows Live.

· The Windows Live™ network of Internet services

Note: AOL® and Yahoo! ® are not currently eligible federation partners with only a standard CAL. Federation with these public IM service providers requires the purchase of an Office Communications Server Public IM Connectivity license.

· Valid for all eligible users · Section 1A and Section 2 of this document
Office Communications Server Public IM Connectivity License Standard CAL for any of the following:

· Office Communications Server 2007 R2

· Office Communications Server 2007

· Live Communications Server 2005 SP1

· Windows Live

· AOL

· Yahoo!

· Users with valid Office Communications Server public IM connectivity licenses · Section 1B and Section 2 of this document
Trial Standard CAL for any of the following:

· Office Communications Server 2007 R2

· Office Communications Server 2007

· Live Communications Server 2005 SP1

· Windows Live

· AOL

· Yahoo!

· Valid for up to 20 users in your organization for 120 days · Section 1C and Section 2 of this document

· Section 3 (only for migration from a trial to a qualified license)

* Complete terms and conditions are provided to you at the time you start the provisioning process, and they must be accepted by you in order to proceed with provisioning.

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This download includes the Active Directory Schema Changes Reference, which provides information about the changes that Microsoft Exchange Server makes to the Active Directory schema when it is installed. The Active Directory Schema Changes Reference includes changes made to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007, and Exchange Server 2003.

Click here to download…

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Rui Silva over at the UCspotting blog on TechNet wrote up a great post (sprinkled with bits of humor) about an issue where a simple comma can make all the difference.  I won’t spoil the story for you, but the good news is that it has a happy ending.

Click here to read his post…

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UPDATE (2012.01.12): Before considering CUCI-MOC or CUCI-Lync read these reviews:

CUCI-MOC: Pronounced “cookiemoc”.  Ok…what gives?  Are they serious?

I was recently introduced to this new “plugin” (as that’s really what it is) by Cisco from a colleague and was very intrigued.  In reviewing the literature this is a great add-on for those companies that have made a significant investment into Cisco’s UC prodcut line and are seeking to integrate their Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2 services.  Here’s what my colleague had to say:

This solution is a Cisco developed client-side application that’s tab-based and requires the Cisco soft phone to be installed to get all the functionality.  This is a great solution for businesses loyal to Cisco that use/want RCC because it no longer requires CUPS/Genesys.  The downside from a Microsoft perspective is that it relegates OCS to IM/Presence only assuming OCS is already there.  Customers looking to use this solution were probably never going to go EV anyway, so not a huge loss.

Obviously, MS won’t support this and will fall back to their approved Inter-Op strategy…Direct SIP between OCS & CUCM as the solution.

Click here for more information from Cisco…

Matthew McGillen over at Pointbridge wrote a nice post about it back on 4/1/2009.  Here are some highlights:

  • Cisco announced a new integration with OCS this week at VoiceCon. I got a chance to take a look at the new feature – it turns out to be a combination of a customized OCS Tab and an incarnation of the new Cisco extensible client framework. It’s called CUCIMOC (Cookie Mock – that name has gotta change!) Cisco Unified Communications Integtraion for MOC. It allows your MOC client to integrate directly to Cisco Unified Communications Manger 7.0 without CUPS.
  • …supported by Cisco CallManager 7.x and 6.x
  • …does not require CUPS
  • …Cisco hasn’t tested it with OCS 2007 R2 yet
  • …MS will not support this plugin.

Click here to read Matt’s post…

On a personal note I would have to agree with Matt, I am a big believer in the MS OCS voice solution however, we don’t all think alike so having a choice is a good option for all of us and ultimately good business for business.  This new plugin from Cisco will give those companies that have chosen the Cisco route another good tool to provide their customers/users.

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