New User Provisioning App for AD, Lync and Exchange

This is a guest post from my friend, Zeya Oo. You can reach him and ask questions about Z-Hire at zeyaoo1@gmail.com.When an administrator is in the final stages of a Lync deployment, he must enable the entire organization for Lync....

09/19/2011

Cannot Install OCS 2007 R2 After Installing Lync 2010

Today I re-learned the importance of running the Schema preparation steps in order. Like most geeks, I like playing with technology. And, in many cases, that includes finding its limits and where it breaks. In reviewing the list of...

09/19/2010

Microsoft Reveals Communications Server W14

The floor was buzzing this week at VoiceCon as Microsoft announced their next generation unified communications platform. Microsoft Communications Server "W14" will replace the current Office Communications Server 2007 R2. No date...

03/26/2010

Microsoft warns of SSL/TLS vulnerabilities

First of all, this isn't just another Microsoft security flaw. Microsoft has filed this with ICASI as a general security vulnerability affecting multiple implementations of TLS and SSL. Moreover, Microsoft has noted it affects every...

02/09/2010

Cisco Unity Support for Exchange 2010

Thanks to ASPOC (A single point of contact) for breaking this news. Apparently it originally came from MS MVP Dustin Smith.As you know, Exchange 2010 became generally available last November.  Unfortunately, the GA version had...

01/14/2010

Office Communications Server and RODCs

It's common knowledge that OCS, like Exchange, requires a writable DC (and GC) in the same AD site in order to function. However, if there are ANY RODC's in the same AD site as an OCS server it will cause major problems.The first...

12/10/2009

Exchange 2010 Prerequisites Made Easy

I do a LOT of Exchange implementations and even at that it's hard to remember the exact prerequisites for every combination of roles and services for Eaxchange. With Exchange 2010, Microsoft has included a scripts directory with XML...

10/28/2009

DO NOT install patch KB974571 for OCS R2

As posted first this morning by Doug Deittrick and TomL, aka LCSKid, there is an issue with the patch associated with KB974571. The patch is supposed to resolve a security issue with the Windows CryptoAPI. However, it has the side...

10/14/2009

Microsoft ActiveSync to Gmail

When Microsoft announced it would license ActiveSync it had wide-eyed plans to take over the world... and it just got one step closer.You'd think Microsoft would downright loathe Apple and Google. And, on some fronts I'm sure they...

10/01/2009

Avaya Buys Nortel. What's that mean for Microsoft?

After much hullabaloo, the actual Nortel auction was anti-climatic. Avaya was bid up by a bunch of other smaller players and ended up paying $900 million for Nortel's Enterprise assets. Did they overpay, maybe... But ebay-style...

09/14/2009

When to Use Public Folders in Exchange 2010

I was having a good discussion on Twitter earlier this week on the role of public folders in Exchange 2010 and ongoing. I came across a post from the Microsoft Exchange team that clears the muddy waters a bit.When I visit a new...

09/11/2009

iPhone Joins the Microsoft OCS Party

This morning the iPhone joined the Microsoft OCS party in grand fashion with its first client, or app in Apple-speak. The client isn't from Apple, or even Microsoft, it's from a small 3rd party in the Microsoft ecosystem called...

08/21/2009

Playing with Exchange 2010

While every client I work with seems excited about Exchange 2010, few know much about it or how much it differs from Exchange 2007. If you remember the jump from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007, then Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010 is...

08/20/2009

OCS Public IM Just Got Easier

Provisioning Public IM, PIC, for OCS used to be an administrative nightmare. While the server configuration was simple the paperwork and manual process made it a long and painful process. It usually took 2-3 weeks making it...

07/20/2009

Microsoft Kills Response Point

The sharks have been circling for awhile and now it looks like it's official. Response Point, Microsoft's SMB VoIP platform, is dead. Earlier this summer Microsoft announced its first substantial layoffs in memory and with it purged...

07/02/2009

Nortel Finished. What does that mean for Microsoft?

The kingdom known as Nortel is falling apart. Regardless of the many conjectures as to why they failed the fact is there won't likely be a "restructured Nortel". Instead, anything desirable will be sold off to the highest bidder and...

06/24/2009

A User's View of Office Communications Server 2007 R2

Most of my posts are directed at UC technophiles, however sometimes we get caught up in the technology hype and lose track of the goal of technology in the enterprise. That is, to help people do their jobs better, faster, more...

06/11/2009

Plantronics Savi Go Wireless Headset for OCS

For the last two weeks or so I've been testing a preproduction unit of the Plantronics Savi Go wireless headset for OCS. I have a "tanjay" and a wired USB headset but I can't believe how much happier I am with the wireless "Go". And...

06/04/2009

Be Careful with the April/May 09 OCS R2 Patches

Who knew no MSMQ could kill OCS? Enough alliteration. If you don't have MSMQ installed and you the April 2009 patches will fail to install correctly. Thanks to Aaron Tienvisu for discovering the reason and posting it to his...

06/01/2009

FINALLY an OCS Conference Phone: SNOM Meeting Point

Someone FINALLY released a conference phone solution for OCS! While there are a lot of solutions that require being tethered to a PC via USB, the SNOM Meeting Point is the first standalone conference device that doesn't require you...

05/27/2009

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