A couple of big changes were announced at the end of last week:

  1. A PIC license will no longer be required for federation with AOL.
  2. Federation costs with Yahoo! will be reduced by 50%.
  3. A new XMPP Gateway for OCS 2007 R2 provides presence and two-party IM interoperability with the XMPP based systems of Jabber and Google Talk.

More Information

Click here to read the official announcement from the OCS Team…

Click here to download more information on the XMPP Gateway

XMPP Gateway limitations

  • Virtualization of the XMPP Gateway is not supported.
  • Collocation of the XMPP Gateway with other OCS roles is not supported.
  • Only plain text is supported.
  • Notes from OCS are not supported nor is custom status on the XMPP clients seen by OCS.
  • The XMPP Gateway will only federate with OCS 2007 R2 and OCS 2007.  LCS 2005 federation is not supported.
  • Messages from the MOC client are not delivered to the last active instance of the XMPP client when an XMPP user is logged in with two or more clients.
  • When an XMPP user adds an OCS buddy, the OCS user’s presence is not seen on the XMPP client until the OCS user’s presence changes.
  • Conferencing is not supported on the gateway.

Configuring the XMPP Gateway

Connectivity to Gmail…

Connectivity to Jabber XCP 5.4…

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OCS comes to the iPhone

September 17, 2009

in 2007, 2007R2, Microsoft, OCS

Came across this hiding in the Apps on the iPhone this afternoon.  Not written by Microsoft or Apple but by a company called Modality.

Few tidbits…

  • The application uses Communicator Web Access (CWA) and not the Access Edge server.  So this means you’ll need to have CWA deployed externally to get this app to work outside your network.
  • It cost $9.99

Click here fore more information from Modality…

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Overview

This guide provides in-depth technical information on Office Communications Server 2007 R2 clients and devices. It covers the details behind device and client configuration, group policies, security and certificates, and device diagnostics and logging. It also discusses third-party integration, compatibility among clients, and interfaces with other products such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.

Click here to download…

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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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