Contents tagged with OCS

  • Introducing the First Lync Conference

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 2 2012, 4:49 PM. Posted in OCS.

    Mark your calendars! I’m happy to announce that we will hold the first Lync Conference next year in San Diego, CA. The conference will take place at the Hotel del Coronado from February 19-21, 2013.

    The conference will feature dynamic keynotes, informative sessions for both business and technical audiences, a partner expo hall featuring some of our great Lync partners and plenty of opportunities to
    network with attendees. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we get closer to February and more details become available, but I hope you’ll join us as we have some great things in store.

    Registration is officially open today and we expect the conference to sell out, so don’t delay. To learn more, I encourage you to visit, like our Facebook page and join the conversation on Twitter using the #LyncConf13 hashtag.

  • Microsoft Set To Launch Lync Mobile

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 23 2011, 12:45 AM. Posted in OCS.

    Collaboration and videoconferencing suite coming to Windows Phone 7, Google Android, and Apple iOS devices.

    <!-- /KINDLE EXCLUDE -->Microsoft in the coming weeks will release a version of its Lync collaboration suite for a number of mobile platforms, a company executive said.

    Kirk Gregersen, senior director for Lync in Microsoft's Office division, said the software maker plans to release Microsoft Lync Mobile for Windows Phone 7, as well as for rival offerings from Apple and Google. "We want to be where our users are," said Gregersen, in an interview Wednesday at Microsoft's New York City office.

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  • Support for Service Pack Updates in Lync Server 2010 and Office Communications Server

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 26 2011, 11:50 PM. Posted in OCS.

    Customers deploying Lync Server 2010, Office Communications Server 2007 R2, and Office Communications Server 2007 will encounter a service pack update for Windows Server and Microsoft SQL Server database software used in the deployment. But will this be supported in your deployment?

    The answer is yes. We will support any service pack beyond what we documented as the minimum required for support.  

    Communications Server 2007 R2 shipped with support for the following operating systems and databases.

    Supported Windows Server Operating Systems

    • Windows Server 2008 Standard or Windows Server 2008 Enterprise

    • Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 with Service Pack 2 (SP2)

    • Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 with SP2, or Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 with SP2

      Supported Back-End Server Databases

      • SQL Server 2008 (64-bit or 32-bit)

      • SQL Server 2005 with SP2 (64-bit or 32-bit)

      Since that time, Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 and Service Pack 3 and Service Pack 4 for SQL Server 2005 were released. Each of these service packs is supported for Communications Server 2007 R2. Future service packs will also be supported.

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    • [UPDATE] Lync/OCS to Windows Live Messenger Public IM Connectivity (PIC) Service Outage

      Posted by sumeethevans on February 22 2011, 6:09 AM. Posted in OCS.

      Microsoft Customer Service and Support, Lync/OCS and Windows Live Messenger teams are currently investigating a possible loss of service for enterprise Lync and OCS customers who federate with Windows Live Messenger.  The appropriate teams are actively investigating this issue and are working towards the quickest possible resolution.  I will update this notification again when full service has been restored or as developments warrant.

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      RESOLVED: MSN PIC connectivity has been restored. Users may need to sign out and back into their client before seeing successful conversations/presence. Apologies for the inconvenience.

    • Lync Server 2010, Best Practices Analyzer

      Posted by sumeethevans on February 18 2011, 9:12 PM. Posted in OCS.

      The Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Best Practices Analyzer is designed for administrators who want to determine the overall health of their Lync Server environment.

      You can use Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Best Practices Analyzer to identify and resolve problems with your Lync Server deployment. The Lync Server 2010, Best Practices Analyzer gathers configuration information from Lync Server 2010 components.With the proper network access, the Best Practices Analyzer can examine servers running Active Directory Domain Services, Exchange Server Unified Messaging (UM), and Lync Server. You can use Best Practices Analyzer to do the following:
      • Proactively perform checks, verifying that the configuration is set according to recommended best practices.
      • Automatically detect required updates to Lync Server 2010.
      • Generate a list of issues, such as suboptimal configuration settings, unsupported options, missing updates, or practices that we do not recommend.
      • Help you troubleshoot and fix specific problems.

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    • Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Release Candidate

      Posted by sumeethevans on September 13 2010, 11:39 PM. Posted in OCS.

      Microsoft Lync Server 2010 provides complete presence, instant messaging, conferencing and enterprise voice capabilities through a single, easy-to-use interface that is consistent across PC, browser, and mobile device. You can Architect your deployment for high availability using data center resiliency and survivable branch appliances. Administrators benefit from a single, consistent management infrastructure, new capabilities to increase availability, and interoperability with existing systems. Administrators also use a new PowerShell-based foundation for administration consistent with Exchange Server, Active Directory, and other Microsoft server products. This Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Release Candidate includes both editions of the server (Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition), along with the Microsoft Lync 2010 client.



    • Microsoft Lync: A New Name for a New Generation of Unified Communications Solutions

      Posted by sumeethevans on September 13 2010, 11:38 PM. Posted in OCS.

      Microsoft today announced the release candidate of Microsoft Lync, the next generation of Microsoft’s unified communications software that enables people to connect in new ways, anytime, anywhere. Lync is the new family brand for the products formerly known as Communications Server, Communications Online and Communicator, and it also now includes Lync Web App, and Lync Online. The release candidates of Lync 2010 and Lync Server 2010 are now available for businesses of all sizes to try for free. They can be downloaded at This broad release candidate is the last step toward release to manufacturing and general availability scheduled for later this year.

      “Over the past five years we have been on a journey to transform communications with the power of software,” said Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president of Unified Communications at Microsoft. “Lync delivers on this vision by unifying enterprise voice, instant messaging and web-, audio- and videoconferencing into a new, connected communications experience.”

      Product Availability

      Microsoft Lync is on schedule to become generally available in 2010. In addition, Microsoft will share more about Lync Online, which will give customers the added option of a hosted solution, in the coming months.

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    • Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Workload Architecture Poster

      Posted by bink on April 4 2010, 2:31 AM. Posted in OCS.

      This poster gives you a visual of the different Communications Server 2007 R2 workloads, including how certificate requirements and DNS and firewall configuration come into play.

      This poster of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 describes the traffic flow of protocols and ports used in each workload. Communications Server 2007 R2 supports the following workloads: IM and Presence, Conferencing, Application Sharing, and Enterprise Voice. These filtered views can assist you in architecting your deployment of Communications Server 2007 R2. The different server roles are described along with server certificate requirements. Firewall and DNS configuration requirements are also described.

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    • Microsoft Announces Communications Server ''14''

      Posted by bink on March 24 2010, 9:08 PM. Posted in OCS.

      Today at the VoiceCon Orlando 2010 conference, Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Unified Communications Group, will announce that the next version of Microsoft’s unified communications software, code-named Communications Server “14,” will be available in the second half of 2010. During the keynote, Gurdeep will also demonstrate the new software for the first time publicly.

      Microsoft Communications Server ‘14’ will be available in the second half of 2010

      The keynote takes place at 11:15 am EDT and can be viewed at: (registration required).

      Below are highlights from the news in today’s keynote:

      • With Communications Server  ‘14’, Microsoft is investing to make communications simpler, lower cost and more open, and will deliver: - A complete communications solution, including enterprise telephony. - A familiar and powerful way to communicate and collaborate using Microsoft Office, SharePoint and Exchange with Communications Server 14. - An open platform that works with what customers already have and allows them to embed communications in any application.


      • Earlier this week, several Microsoft partners announced new products and services that enhance Communications Server ‘14’, including low cost IP phones as well as branch office, call accounting and E911 solutions.
      • Office Communications Server has grown by double digits every year for the last three years, and is one of the fastest growing servers at Microsoft.  Today, more than 70% of the Fortune 100 have OCS as well as 7 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, 8 of the top 10 aerospace companies, and 9 of the top 10 banks.

      Additionally, Gurdeep’s keynote will include two new predictions for the future of communications software:

      • UC will be the norm in business communications in three years and making a plain telephony call will seem outdated.  Specifically, Gurdeep predicts that over 50% of all VoIP calls will incorporate more than just voice, and your “end point” will make UC possible with more than a billion people.
      • · Further, Gurdeep predicts the rise of more connected communications, and will state that, in three years, 75% of new business applications will include natively embedded communications.

      For more information, please visit the following resources:

      · Post by Gurdeep Singh Pall on the Official Microsoft Blog:

      · Office and Related Products Newsroom (featuring a new customer montage video):

      · Communications Server “14” Images:

      · Partner Press Releases:

      · AT Kearney customer case study:

      · Stoneridge customer case study:

    • JahJah Jumpstarts Enterprise Voice With Microsoft

      Posted by bink on August 25 2009, 6:45 PM. Posted in OCS.

      Microsoft agreed to use JahJah's VOIP software to let business customers make voice calls over the Internet from computers and landlines. JahJah serves VOIP to technology companies, carriers, mobile operators and enterprises, which means it competes with pretty much any Web-based calling platform, from established specialists such as Skype and Vonage to fellow upstarts such as RingCentral and even Google Voice. Businesses that buy OCS 2007 can point the server at JahJah's IP address and begin making calls immediately.

      IP telephony provider JahJah August 25 scored a nice coup when Microsoft agreed to use its software to let business customers make voice calls over the Internet from computers and landlines.

      Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but JaHJah CEO Trevor Healey told eWEEK JahJah is providing SIP Trunking services for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Release 2. This will enable enterprise customers to connect phone calls from computers, IP-phones and mobile phones to almost any device or network.

      A SIP Trunk is basically a concurrent call that is routed over the IP backbone of a carrier using VOIP technology. With JahJah's VOIP platform, companies using Microsoft OCS 2007, which bundles e-mail, instant messaging, Web conferencing and VOIP, won't have to buy additional hardware and software to power their voice calls.

      JahJah serves VOIP to technology companies, carriers, mobile operators and enterprises, which means it competes with pretty much any Web-based calling platform, from established specialists such as Skype and Vonage to fellow upstarts such as RingCentral and even Google Voice.

      Thousands of small to-medium technology businesses use JahJah's cloud phone platform to enable calls. "It's Like Skype, but without the headsets, downloads, software or hardware," Healy explained.

      JahJah also powers voice-based instant messaging for Internet-based companies like Yahoo, and eHarmony. For example, when users make phone calls from Yahoo Messenger, they are using JahJah on the back end, from registration to billing.