Posts tagged: OCS

Opening the OCS Help File gives HTML blocked content error

I’ve been doing a bunch of work recently with OCS in various lab scenarios and am really pleased that the OCS product group have bundled all their documentation into a CHM file like the Exchange team have done for a while.

The only weird thing about using the downloaded help file (see link below)

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=E9F86F96-AA09-4DCA-9088-F64B4F01C703&displaylang=en#filelist 

is that on opening it, it doesn’t show content instead giving an error message as shown below:

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So what it turns out, is that this only happens when you download the CHM file directly because when doing that, you are prompted about the possible security threat from opening it.

To get around this, I uncheck the box to always prompt on opening this type of file;

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at which point, the CHM file works correctly.

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Hope that helps someone.

Cheers

Nathan

Hosted Pilot for Microsoft Unified Communications

Whilst at Dimension Data there has long been a point of discussion about how we could offer a hosted pilot for the various Microsoft UC end user features. We were hoping to setup a multi tenant OCS and Exchange 2010 system by doing some segmentation work on the Address Book system and by using FaceTime IMAuditor to ensure that only people on the same trial from the same company could communicate.

However, it would now appear that Microsoft have gone and done it for us and the rest of the industry.

Here is the information from Microsoft

You and your colleagues are invited to experience first-hand how Microsoft’s Unified Communications solution can help you harness the power of software to streamline communications between people anytime, anywhere, free for 60-days.
Register for the Unified Communications Virtual Experience today at https://r2.uctrial.com/register.aspx
The Virtual Experience allows you to test drive the end user capabilities delivered by Exchange Server 2010 and Office Communications Server 2007 R2 for 60-days, you will discover how you can:

Connect with the right person, right now from within familiar, easy-to-use Microsoft Office applications—with one click

Bring people together quickly and easily—anytime, anywhere

Break down communication silos—whether people are down the hall, across continents, or constantly on the road

So my plan is to try and trial this at home and then let you know all about the process.

Stay tuned for more!

OCS 2007 R2 now supported on Server 2008 R2

Just a quick post tonight as it’s been kind of busy today!

Ever since Server 2008 R2 came out people have been making the mistake of installing OCS on it! Annoyingly the install worked and then so did some of OCS but clearly not all!

So now, right on schedule Microsoft has released documents detailing how to get things working and providing support for installing OCS both on Server 2008 R2 and also in Server 2008 R2 based Active Directory environments.

The main document is linked below:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982021/

The key thing to be aware of is that Group Chat will still not work and that we are awaiting a patch in mid-April for that.

The next article details the issues faced when dealing with Server 2008 R2 and in particular, what to do when installing Server 2008 R2 AD schema and preparation updates into an existing forest with OCS already installed.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982020/

Cheers

Nathan

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