Edge Topologies part 3 of 4

We have reached part 3 of the Edge topologies; we begin with the “scaled single-site” topology.  This is where we still have the server roles in the permiter network, however now we introuduce the concept of having them load balanced.   The scaled single-site topology can consist of all three edge server roles as the other…

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Edge Topologies Part 2 of 4

Today we will briefly discuss of remote access by talking about the “single-site” topology.  This topology consist of the three edge roles, but now they are no longer all on the same box, but rather split between two boxes now, let take a look. The single-site scenario consists of the Access Edge server and the…

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Edge Topologies 1 of 4

This week I will talk about 1 of 4 Edge topologies for OCS 2007.  That’s right 1 of 4 topologies that are possible, for those that are familiar with LCS 2005 SP1 this may be a little of a shocker for you, the only thing for me to say is hold on for the ride. …

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Office Communications Server 2007 VoIP Test Set

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 VoIP Test Set enables you to simulate a SIP endpoint to test connectivity.Emulation options include the following:Client emulation – To emulate a Microsoft Office Communicator client, you specify a SIP-enabled user account to register with Office Communications Server. This can be useful for troubleshooting problems with incoming or outgoing Enterprise…

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Create and Verify DNS SRV and A Records for Client Automatic Client Sign-in

 One of the areas that comes up quite a bit is creating and verifying the DNS entries that are needed for an OCS implementation.  Creating DNS records are not very difficult (if you have created them before). What I will try to do is make that whole process easier for you by giving you guidelines on…

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DNS Settings for Automatic Configuration!

Today we are going to take a look at what are the neccessary settings that are needed to setup Automatic Configuration within our OCS 2007 (basic) enviroment. Automatic Configuration enables users to be able to sign-in to communicator without needing to know specific server names and IP addresses.  This way the end user can just click “sign-in” for…

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Director Role in LCS & OCS (Part 3 of 3)

Now that we have discussed what the director role is and what topologies are available to us, let’s take a look at once the director is in place within our organization.  What we chat about in today’s blog is now that you have the director in place what happens if you had to stop services…

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Director Role in LCS & OCS (Part 2 of 3)

As we continue this discussion of the director role we will look at today some of the topologies that are available once you have decided that you want a director in your enviroment. As we stated in part 1 of this 3 blog series, the director can come in the following shapes and sizes, Standard…

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Director Role in LCS & OCS (Part 1 of 3)

One of the server roles with LCS 2005 SP1 and now with OCS 2007 that is often overlooked is the director. What we take a look at in this two part blog is why director is recommended, topologies that are available with the director, and planning once the director is in place.  So let’s begin…

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Configuring DNS and Certificates Webcast

Configuring DNS, Certificates, and Loadbalancers have been areas in LCS 2005 that have given customers the most headaches during deployments.  I delivered a webcast that talks about configuring DNS, Certs, and loadbalancers in OCS 2007.  We cover some basic topologies in OCS with internal servers and an edge topology as well.  I even give a…

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