Console Logger Components Defined!

  The following table represents the options that are available once you in the console logger.  The console logger is a tool used for troubleshooting OCS.   Component Name Server Role Description of Logged Contents ABServer Front End Server Enables logging for the Address Book Service that provides global address list information from Active Directory…

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Backing up Pool and Global OCS Configurations

Backing up your OCS server and pool configurations are only a portion of a good recovery or disaster recovery (DR) plan.  In todays blog I will concentrate more on the side of backing up your pool settings.  Backing up your pool configs can defintely help with the recovery of your OCS infrastructure in the case of…

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DVT Auto Answering Agent – Step by Step (Revised) works with OCS R2

So for those who have seen the blog posting about the DVT (Deployment Validation Wizard) or have seen my webcast about Detecting Audio Quality Issues with OCS 2007, have pinged me about how to deploy it.  More specifically about it appearing “Offline” and how to resolve it.   So the below steps are how I setup…

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Validation Wizard – Overview

With OCS 2007 there are many ways now to see if your deployment is going sound.  One of those methods I will discuss with you is the Validation Wizard.  Now to those that are familiar with LCS 2005,  you should be glad that we now have something to validate if what we are doing is right…

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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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Deployment Validation Tool – Part 1 of 2

The deployment validation tool is a tool that helps administrators predict, troubleshoot, and validate voice calls with OCS 2007.  In this series we will take a look in depth at the “DVT” short of Deployment Validation Tool.  We will take a look at the two tools that are available with this suite, the auto answering…

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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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Interact 2008

  I will be speaking at this event…     INTERACT2008 Join Microsoft at INTERACT2008—an exclusive event for key community influencers in the unified communications space. This event provides a unique opportunity for you to develop deep technical knowledge on Microsoft’s unified communications products, build powerful new connections with leading professionals in the industry and…

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Deployment Validation Tool (Auto Answering Agent – updated)

To begin with I’ve been getting a lot of hits on my blog about the DVT tool which is good, the downside is not all have been successful with installing and configuring it.  So I’ve decided to go ahead and update the blog with more screen pics.  You might be saying, more screen pics, you…

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Communicator Attendant Console (Part 1)

In today’s blog we will discuss the Attendant Console which is a new client in Office Communicator Server 2007 R2. [Figure 1] The first thing for us to take a look at today what is the Attendant Console (AC)?  The AC is the client side application similar to Office Communicator (OC), we can make voice…

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