Friday, February 27, 2009

Jabra M5390 USB (Communicator/mobile phone)

With this headset you will get a Voice device for your Mobile phone and Communicator a the same time.

Jabra M5390 USB

  • Talk time: 6 hours
  • Standby time: 60 Hours
  • Weight: 0.63 oz
  • Music Streaming

  • Bluetooth 2.0 - up 70m range in free line of sight
  • Digital sound enhancement via DSP technology
  • One headset for mobile and PC based telephony
  • Clear calls in noisy environments
  • True wideband sound with USB dongle
  • Improved wearing style

  • Optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator
more info here

Did you know that I love my GN 2000 ……. ;) it never run out of Batteri/power!

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Edge Server port requirements

edge

The A/V Edge Service requires the port range from 50,000 through 59,999 to be opened inbound only if you are federating with organizations running previous versions of Office Communications Server 2007.
If you will be federating with companies that run Office Communications Server 2007 and earlier, you must open this port range for both RTP/TCP and RTP/UDP, and for both inbound and outbound connections.
Otherwise, you can close these inbound ports, and leave the port range open only for outbound connections over RTP/TCP.

A publicly routable IP address is no longer needed in a site with only a single Edge Server

And remember about the NON US setting on Edge server

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Planning Workbook (ver 2.4)

get it here

Key changes from Office Communications Server 2007

Change

Roles Impacted

Comments

The Update Server no longer requires Windows SharePoint Services

Front End, Web Components, Reverse Proxy

A file share is used instead to store image updates which are published through a virtual directory on the Web Components server and through the Firewall via the HTTP Reverse Proxy. Integration with Microsoft Software Update Services is no longer provided. See Option 4F: Updating Communicator Clients for additional detail.

QoE Server becomes Monitoring Server and includes CDR functionality that was in the Archiving Role

Quality of Experience Monitoring Server

See Monitoring Server for additional detail.

Archiving Server no longer collects CDRs

Archiving Server

See Option 4E: Archiving Server for additional detail.

Enterprise Edition Expanded Topology is no longer a preferred deployment scenario

Expanded Edition roles

Consolidated Edition should be deployed for Enterprise Edition Pools. The Expanded Edition configuration is no longer offered in the setup wizard.

The Consolidated Edge role is now the only supported edge topology

Edge

Multiple consolidated edge servers can be deployed behind a load balancer for scale and high availability

A publicly routable IP address is no longer needed in a site with only a single Edge Server

Edge

When multiple edge servers are deployed with a load balancer, a publicly routable IP address is still required.

Edge Server port requirements have been changed

Edge

See Appendix A: Port Requirements for additional detail.

Monday, February 23, 2009

TANDBERG PrecisionHD™ USB Camera is optimized for 720p

"The combination of Office Communications Server 2007 Release 2 and the TANDBERG PrecisionHD USB Camera provides a powerful new way for people to collaborate and offers customers a rich and integrated communications experience,” said Eric Swift, senior director of the Microsoft Unified Communications Group at Microsoft Corp. “TANDBERG is adding significant value to enterprise communications and enabling businesses to better connect people, information and business processes."hd-webcam-img-01

Live demos of the new TANDBERG PrecisionHD USB Camera will take place at VoiceCon, March 30 – April 2, 2009 in Orlando, Fla. The TANDBERG PrecisionHD USB Camera is scheduled to ship in the second quarter of 2009.

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HD 720p is only for P2P video not for Multi video conference MCU

more info here

Sunday, February 22, 2009

OCS R2:Microsoft Messenger for Mac 7.0.2

Messenger for Mac 7.0.2 is an integrated communications client that enables you to communicate with contacts within and outside your organization. Messenger for Mac 7.0.2 improves overall quality and conversations with Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2.

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Dansk (.dmg)

Deutsch (.dmg)

English (.dmg)

Español (.dmg)

Français (.dmg)

Italiano (.dmg)

Japanese (.dmg)

Nederlands (.dmg)

Norske (.dmg)

Suomi (.dmg)

Svenska (.dmg)

When do my communicator rings

Based on presence when do Communicator rings

This is only for Enterprise Voice, in Remoto Call Control configurations (DND) Do Not Distrurb your Communicator will still ring.image

OCS: USB phone and USB speakerphone

The new .Audio 1100M phone handset and the MCD 100 USB speakerphone offer an enhanced user experience with integrated call control from the Office Communicator 2007 software. These products join the growing portfolio of Plantronics products Optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator announced in 2008.

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The Plantronics MCD 100 USB speakerphone, also announced today, is an option for those conducting group conference calls via Office Communicator 2007. It provides 360-degree room coverage so more than one person can participate in a PC-based audio conference

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More info: http://www.plantronics.com/MicrosoftUCLaunch/

Saturday, February 21, 2009

OCS R2: Edge Server installation (non US Language setting)

If you install the Edge server in non US Language setting you can run in to trouble, especially if the Language setting doesn't use “.” (dot) and is using “,” comma instead for delimiter in numbers.

There is a lot of blogs about this, but there is still people running in to this problem, and spending lot of time finding a solution for this.

  • Users would see a ‘limited calling’ error in Communicator
  • Mediation server would complain there was no valid A/V Authentication service
  • front-end A/V Validation would simply fail

This bug has been reported to Microsoft, and is in the process of being fixed. In the meantime, you can work around this issue in the following manner;

  • On the Edge server, add the Edge Service account to local administrators and logoff.
  • Logon using the Edge Service account
  • Go to control panel, Regional and Language options.
  • Change the format to English (US).
  • Remove the Service Account from the local administrators and reboot.

Source for this information: http://unified-communications.blogspot.com/2009/01/ocs-2007-r2-and-localization.html

Thursday, February 19, 2009

New OC usb Phone

GN Jabra new OC usb Phone

The Jabra DIAL™ 520 OC delivers professional performance
and great value. It’s the cost-effective USB handset solution
optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator


Get the info here

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mobile Communicator R2 some functions will work on R1 server

Some function in MOCO R2 will work even if you only have OCS R1 servers.

One of them is "in a Call" status.

In the video:the left is my Mobile R2 communicator and on the right is the PC Communicator R1 running against a OCS R1 server.


Notes that presence will change to "in a Call" when using the mobile.

video

Download the Mobile R2 Communicator here and the user guide here

It's NOT SUPPORTED running Mobile Communicator R2 against OCS R1 server and a lot of the new functions won't work before you have a R2 server




Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Configure Per-User Location Profiles R2

Great new function in R2: when you have a central OCS Pool in one country and Mediation server in different country and you need users to have spec. locations profiles.




Configure Per-User Location Profiles
This step is performed using the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Administrative Tools.
To Configure Per-User Location Profiles

Click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and click Office Communications Server 2007.
Expand the Enterprise pool or Standard Edition server node where your users reside.
Expand the pool or server where your users reside and then click the Users node.
In the right pane, right-click one or more users whom you want to configure, and then click Configure users.
On the Welcome to the Configure Users Wizard page, click Next.
On the Configure User Settings page, click Next.
On the Configure User Settings organize meetings page, click Next.
On the Configure User Settings specify meeting policy page, click Next.
On the Configure Enterprise Voice Settings page, click Next.
On the Configure Per-User Location Profile page, click Change user’s location profile.
Select a location profile from the drop-down list and click Next.
Note:
To view a location profile before applying it, select a profile and click View.
On the Ready to Configure Users page, review the settings, and then click Next.
On the Configure Operation Status page, verify that the operation succeeded, and then click Finish.
Note:
If there are failures, return to step 1.




The Activ directory user attribute is msRTCSIP-UserLocationProfile.






Automatic Updates in Office Communicator R2

Automatic Updates in Office Communicator R2
Communicator can be configured to receive automatic updates. Users can configure updates to occur as soon as they become available, or they can schedule them for a specific hour of the day. The Automatic Updates option is available on the Alerts options page.

This is a great feature, and incl. the The Client Version Filter application and the new opptions:

Block with Static URL - Present the user with a message that indicates the user is using a client that is not supported.
Block and Upgrade – Blocks the client from logging on and presents the user with an automatic install to update the client to the correct version. This option is only available for Office Communicator.
Allow and Upgrade – Allows the client to logon on and presents the user with an automatic install to update the client to the correct version. This option is only available for Office Communicator.

OCS R2:New Server Features

New Server Features

Operating System and Processor Support
New Telephone Call Management Features
Other Telephone Enhancements
New Dial-in Conferencing Feature
New Collaboration Features
New Server Applications
Enhanced Media Features
Archiving, CDR, and QoE Enhancements
Simplified Management
Address Book Server Enhancements

OCS R2 on technet

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd266401(office.13).aspx

Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile 2007 R2

Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile 2007 R2

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=bc08cdb7-98e9-47e5-aa63-eb17c2ce4592&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Attendant

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Attendant

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3d619c8c-6540-4f2d-b78e-5b4c25780adb&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 UCMA 2.0 Speech Language Packs

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 UCMA 2.0 Speech Language Packs

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=30e14c5a-a42c-4d4e-9513-c4b0b8d21086&DisplayLang=en