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.

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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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Highlights:
  • Bi-directional over the air synchronization of email, calendar and contacts
  • Works with MS Exchange, Fusion, CommuniGate Pro, Zimbra, FirstClass and Kerio
  • Download over the air
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  • Users can select the data they wish to synchronize
  • ActiveSync protocol licensed from Microsoft
  • Synchronizes over Wi-Fi or the cellular network
  • Volume pricing available
  • No Blackberry Enterprise Server required
  • FREE 7 day trial!!

Read about it and try it for yourself…

Share your experience if you decide to try it out.

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Overview

The Planning Tool for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 is a Windows Presentation Foundation standalone client application. The Planning Tool Wizard asks interview questions about features that the system administrator is interested in enabling in the Enterprise, as well as information about the Enterprise.
The Planning Tool uses the information gathered from the administrator to dynamically draw a recommended topology for every site that the administrator identifies. Additionally, the Planning Tool calculates the types and amounts of hardware needed across the entire Enterprise, as well as for each site. The Planning Tool also provides links to documentation of the specific planning and deployment tasks that the administrator will need in order to deploy the topology.

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