Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2007-10-16
 
 
 

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007

Even a basic Office Communications Server 2007 deployment can be complex, as our testbed included six different Windows Server-based components.

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Missed Calls

Missed calls appear automatically in our in-box, allowing the user to easily check voice mail or return the call directly from Outlook.

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Missed Calls

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Crossing Comm Channels

E-mails show live presence of the various parties, allowing us to easily place a call to respond to an awaiting e-mail.

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Crossing Comm Channels

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - IM Presence

Office Communicator 2007 shows presence for our list of contacts, allowing us to quickly fire off an important instant message.

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - IM Presence

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - From IM to Voice

Via Office Communicator 2007, we could escalate an ongoing IM thread to a voice call with a couple clicks.

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - From IM to Voice

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Start Video

We could easily convert from a voice call to a video call.

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Start Video

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Video Call

We tested video using Microsofts LifeCam VX-3000 and VX-6000, although most Web cameras should work.

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Video Call

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Personal Video

The standard video pane shows both call participants by default. In conferences, Communicator will give on-screen priority to users actually talking.

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Personal Video

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Polycom SoundPoint

Polycom makes a nice USB speakerphone for OCS.

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Polycom SoundPoint

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Catalina

Microsoft also offers a USB handset for those who need a desktop component rather than a headset.

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Catalina

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Active Directory Users

A few user characteristics are managed via AD Users and Groups, including assigning public telephone numbers.

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Active Directory Users

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Enable Users for OCS

Using the AD Users and Groups snap-in, we enabled users (or groups) to take advantage of OCS features.

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Enable Users for OCS

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - OCS Enable Wizard

Through the wizard, the administrator assigns users to an OCS server and specifies a unique SIP URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) for the user.

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - OCS Enable Wizard

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Primary User Management

The OCS 2007 MMC snap-in, which lets administrators enable users and groups for communications, is where most user management occurs.

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Primary User Management

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Service Status

The OCS 2007 snap-in shows high-level availability of various services.

Microsofts Office Communications Server 2007 - Service Status

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