Friday, February 26, 2010

Presence Integration Between IM Applications and 2007 Microsoft Office System


This document describes how an instant messaging (IM) application is integrated with Microsoft Office 2007 to provide Presence, IM, as well as call and conferencing features. There are two main categories of functionality for Office 2007 integration:

  • Basic IM and Presence Integration
  • Advanced Presence, IM, Call and Conferencing Integration

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Exchange Pre-Deployment Analyzer

Brief Description

The Exchange Pre-Deployment Analyzer performs an overall topology readiness scan of your environment and provides you with a list of decisions that need to be made before you deploy Exchange Server 2010.


You can use the Exchange Pre-Deployment Analyzer to perform an overall topology readiness scan of your environment. When you run the Exchange Pre-Deployment Analyzer, it provides a detailed report that will alert you if there are any issues within your organization, which could prevent you from deploying Exchange 2010. For example, the Exchange Pre-Deployment Analyzer will notify you if you haven't deployed the minimum required Exchange service pack on all your existing Exchange servers.
The checks performed by ExPDA are similar to the pre-requisite checks implemented (via Exchange Best Practices Analyzer) in the Exchange 2010 Setup program; in fact ExPDA is based off the Exchange Best Practices Analyzer (ExBPA) engine. However, unlike Exchange 2010 setup, this tool focuses only on overall topology readiness and not the ability to run Exchange 2010 on the local computer. The scan also performs a deep analysis of each existing Exchange 2003/2007 server to verify that it has the necessary updates and configuration in-place to support Exchange 2010. The end report is structured as follows:

  • Critical - A configuration problem that will prevent Exchange 2010 from being deployed in the organization. For example, the Active Directory Forest is not operating in Windows Server 2003 Forest Functional Mode or higher.
  • Warning - A configuration item that may prevent customers having the best possible experience with Exchange 2010. A warning may also reflect some functionality that is not available in Exchange 2010.

ExPDA is another component in our vision to provide a seamless upgrade experience that reduces the complexities in deploying Exchange 2010. To start planning your upgrade, please utilize the Exchange Deployment Assistant. The Deployment Assistant allows a customer to create Exchange 2010 on-premises deployment instructions that are customized to their environment. The Assistant asks a small set of questions, and based on the answers, it provides a finite set of instructions that are designed to get a customer up and running on Exchange 2010. Running the Exchange Server Pre-Deployment Analyzer is now a recommended step within the pre-requisites section of the Deployment Assistant.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Windows Phone 7 series and iPadGolf

This look like a nice phone can’t wait :)

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And I found something I could use the iPad for (sorry I could keep this for myself) :)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Group Policy Field Guide

The Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Group Policy Field Guide is an essential guide for administrators who are responsible for setting Group Policy or configuring registry settings for Communicator users. It uses clear explanations and practical examples to illustrate how and why you would use a policy in your organization.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Polycom Delivers Breakthrough Video Integration for Microsoft Unified Communications Environments

Polycom offers the most comprehensive voice and video collaboration solutions for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, including a highly scalable infrastructure platform for enabling reliable, broad-scale video deployments across organizations; industry-leading telepresence, HD video conferencing and desktop video collaboration systems that enable people to work more effectively across distances; integrated recoding and streaming for capturing and sharing conferences and video content, allowing teams to use real-time communication to create video assets; and a complete line of VoIP phones designed specifically to leverage the presence-based contact capabilities of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 to simplify everyday communications


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Avaya 4.0 is now Certified for SIP direct.

Avaya 4.0 is now Certified for SIP direct.

You could use direct SIP connection for a POC and then rip and replace :)

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IP-PBX Vendor
Tested Product
Supported Configuration
Software Versions Tested
2007 R2

Communications Manager SIP Enablement Services
Direct SIP

Known Limitations:

  • Configuration requires setting "Alternate Route Timer(sec)" value from default of 10 sec to 30 sec. The configuration should show "Alternate Route Timer(sec): 30" in the corresponding SIP signaling group.
  • When an call is ringing to the Office Communicator user, the caller (either on an Avaya station or a PSTN line routed through the PBX) will not get ring back tone. This issue has been resolved by Avaya with the 5.x software releases.
  • Quality of Experience reports will not contain information regarding jitter and packet loss.
  • Comfort noise generation is not supported. As a result, comfort noise is not played on Office Communicator.
  • ISDN Failover is not supported from an OCS perspective. If the Avaya PBX is being used for PSTN connectivity and multiple T1's are being utilized, an OC client will not retry a call based on a T1 being unavailable. It may be possible to configure the Avaya to not assign outbound calls from OCS to an unavailable T1, but this configuration was not tested.