For those who have followed the role of the director in LCS, OCS 2007, and now OCS 2007 R2, rest assure there is a subtle change that is happening. Now I wont go into details again about the director for I have already posted previous blogs about this infamous role.
Now for the change that I was telling you about; in OCS 2007 R2 we are no longer supporting the topology of the director array with Standard Edition Servers. Now please remember the whole sentence as you go back to your organizations and spread the word about to your other IT staff. This is a sublte change that has taken place, notice that i didnt say that we dont support the role of the director, but rather the role of the director array with Standard Edition Servers for OCS 2007 R2.
Now for those that are not familar with this role, its the topology were you would have two or more OCS Standard Edition Servers in your topology load balanced and acting as directors. Now we still support the director role in R2, but in limited scenarios, those topologies are
1) Director – Single Standard Edition Server
2) Director – Enterprise Edition Server
3) Director – Enterprise Edition Servers Load Balanced
Those are the three topologies that we support for R2 in the director capacity. So basically if you want redundacy for your directory role in R2 you are looking at topology #3. Now just to make sure that we are on the same page, once you move to an Enterprise Edition Server for a director you are looking at separating the database from the Front – End Server.
Starting in the coming weeks once again I will be updating my blog site back to once a week with helpful information regarding OCS 2007 and OCS 2007 R2.