Office Visio Stencils – Office 365, Exchange 2013, Lync 2013 and SharePoint 2013

Apparently, I was enjoying my birthday too much to notice that Microsoft released the New Office Visio Stencils. This stencil contains more than 300 icons to help you create visual representations of Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office 365 deployments including Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft Lync Server 2013, and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013. Continue Reading

Microsoft Unveils Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Release 2

Microsoft Unveils Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Release 2 Update builds on momentum behind software-powered unified communications and voice. Continue Reading

Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 Auto-Discovery and SRV Search Order

It seems to be a day for writing about auto-discovery, the process whereby an application, in this case Microsoft Office Communicator (MOC), can use a limited amount of information to automatically discover the users’s OCS Server. Auto-discovery is based on MOC’s use of DNS resource records to obtain the necessary information. I’ve been reading the […]

Unified Communications Client API Terminology

This article defines some terminology commonly used with Microsoft’s Unified Communications solution, Office Communication Server 2007. Continue Reading

OCS 2007 Archiving SQL Queries

These are copied from the ArchivingCDRReporter read me… The following are some user specific SQL query samples that are intended to guide you through extracting relevant reporting user or time range specific information from the Archiving/CDR Database. The general usage queries are already added as part of the tool. Continue Reading

How the OCS Address Book Works

The OCS 2007 Address Book service’s primary purpose is to provide updated GAL information to the OC 2007 client. It will also provide phone number normalization service for OC 2007 clients. The ABServer.exe is scheduled to query AD periodically for updates to user / group /information and provide this delta of updated information to the […]

Regenerating the Corporate Address Book on Office Communication Server 2007

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007\Server\Core>abserver -regenUR Wait 5 minutes and then run the same command with the -SyncNow switch On the client, close Office Communicator, and delete GALContacts.db (found in the user’s profile directory under Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Communicator) and then restart the client.

Running your SQL service under a domain account vs local account

Using my previous employers standard SQL build caused some issues installing a new OCS pool. The 2 errors are related to the articles below. Security Account Delegation http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa905162%28SQL.80%29.aspx Shrinking your model DB size. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/307487

OCS 2007 Client Version Filter

The OCS 2007 Client Version filter can be a bit confusing as to how to filter clients. I’ve run into this issue twice now, so I thought I’d share my experience and dive into this a little deeper. TechNet has an explanation of how to configure the Client Version filter, but there are quite a […]

OCS 2007 RealTime (RT) codecs

There is some debate in the industry about bandwidth requirements for Microsoft’s RTAudio and RTVideo codec used in Office Communication Server 2007. This is a very good description of the actually requirements for planning purposes. The short answer is that you should plan 57 Kbps for Audio and 320 Kbps for Video. The QoE document […]