Planning on Test Driving OCS 2007 R2...make sure you have 64 (bits that is)

Some of you may have wondered why I have laid off speaking about OCS 2007 R2 when it first released. Especially considering I have taken part in writing two books about OCS 2007. The truth is at the time of the official announcement in February I was in negotiations to write a new book...about OCS 2007 R2. I figured that I would have enough to say about it soon enough and I would blog about the experience of writing the book. I also have to say the subject has been well covered by my counter parts on the Microsoft Subnet. They have done a stellar job of keeping you up to date on all the progress, features and news of OCS 2007 R2:

Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 Virtual Launch Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Redux Managing the OCS 2007 R2 Edge Server OCS CWA 2007 R2 and Normalization Rules Customizing Voice Prompts in OCS 2007 R2 Smart SIP softphone links Macs to Microsoft OCS

One of the early things I found with this product is that it is completely 64 bit. Now my desktop is running 64 bit, but I must admit I have been running a 32 bit version of Vista Ultimate. That itself is a lesson on trying to go cheap, I may have initially saved a few bucks when I bought the system. But it cost me nearly two days of writing to create an image of my Vista installation (nearly 238 GB's in size)repartition the hard drive using GParted Live (Thanks to Mitchell Ashley for this one), create a new volume and install Windows Server 2008 64 bit. I guess my experience speaks to the massive changes in the economy as well. It was not too long ago that I would be able to contact a hardware vendor who I have done a lot of business with in the past and get a 64-bit server on loan (for evaluation) for 30-60 days. Nowadays that is almost impossible, even when I offer to review the new server products for my blog. Well the moral of this story is...If you plan on testing or deploying OCS 2007 R2 you would be wise to ensure you have a 64-bit system available. Get a copy of OCS 2007 R2 from TechNet .Well, I need to get back to work and catch up on lost time. In future posts I will take you thru the process of setting up a dual boot 32-bit / 64-bit system. And check back for more information, tips and experiences about my OCS 2007 R2 book.

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