Configuring the Client Computers

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 will reach end of support on January 9, 2018. To stay supported, you will need to upgrade. For more information, see Resources to help you upgrade your Office 2007 servers and clients.

For lab scenario 1, each client computer connects to Communicator Web Access through a supported browser. The clients can also optionally host the Office Communicator 2007 client. Installing both Communicator Web Access and Office Communicator 2007 provides you with the opportunity to contrast and compare each clients features. To prepare each client computer for this role, do the following:

  1. Configure the static IP address and name resolution for both client computers.

  2. Install Office Communicator 2007 on one or both client computers.

  3. Configure users for each client computer in Active Directory on

Configure the Static IP Address and Name Resolution for Both Client Computers

Follow this procedure for each client computer, entering the IP address noted for each one. When you have configured the static IP address, connect the client to the hub.

To configure the static IP address and name resolution

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Network Connections.

  2. Right-click the connection for which you want to configure a static IP address, and then click Properties.

  3. On the General tab, click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties.

  4. In the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box, click Use the following IP address.

  5. In the IP address box, type the IP address for the client:

    • For client 1, type

    • For client 2, type

  6. In the Subnet mask box, type

  7. Click Use the following DNS server addresses.

  8. In the Preferred DNS server box, type

  9. Click Advanced.

  10. In the Advanced TCP/IP Settings dialog box, click the DNS tab.

  11. On the DNS tab, click Append primary and connection specific DNS suffixes, and then click Append parent suffixes of the primary DNS suffix.

  12. In the DNS suffix for this connection box, type

  13. Select the Register this connections addresses in DNS check box, and then select the Use this connections DNS suffix in DNS registration check box.

  14. Click OK twice, and click Close twice to close the Network Connections window.

  15. Connect the client to hub.

Install Office Communicator 2007 for One or Both Clients (Optional)

This step is optional. Install Office Communicator 2007 if you want to compare Communicator Web Access with Office Communicator 2007.

Add the Client Computers to the Domain

To join a client computer to the domain

  1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.

  2. Click the Computer Name tab, and then click Change.

  3. In the Computer Name Changes dialog box, click Domain.

  4. Under Domain, type, and then click OK.

  5. In the Authentication dialog box, enter the credentials of a member of the DomainAdmins group, and then click OK.

  6. On the Confirmation/Welcome page**,** click OK.

  7. On the Restart notification page**,** click OK.

Configure users for each client in Active Directory on

Add the users Bob and Alice to Active Directory so that you have two users to use during testing. Grant each user the permission to access Office Communications Server 2007, Standard Edition, and therefore, Communicator Web Access.

Using the configuration for this lab scenario as shown in Figure 1, you can add users on either the domain controller ( or the Office Communications Server 2007 server (

To add users on, you must install the Office Communications Server 2007 Administrative Tools on

To add users on (or, you can use Dsa.msc. You can download the Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Administration Tools Pack from

To configure a user in Active Directory

To configure a user in Active Directory

  1. On,, or depending upon your choice above, open the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in. To open the snap-in click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and click Active Directory Users and Computers.

  2. In the tree view pane, expand, expand Users, right-click Users, point to New, and then click User.

  3. In the First name and Last name boxes, type the user's first name and last name.

  4. In the User logon name box, type the user's network account name, and then click Next.

  5. Set the password policy for the user.

  6. In the Password field and in the Confirm Password box, type the same password, click Next, and then click Finish.

  7. In the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in, in the tree view pane, under Users, right-click the user, and then click Properties.

  8. Click the Communications tab, and then select the Enable Communications for this user check box. Type a sign-in name, and select a domain in the @ field.


  9. In the Server or pool field, click the arrow, select from the list, and then click Configure.

  10. On the Other Options page, select the Enable remote user check box, and then click OK.

  11. Click Apply, and then click OK.

Sign In to Communicator Web Access

To test the deployment on client 1, sign in to Communicator Web Access as bob with domain credentials by performing the following procedure on each client.

To sign in to Communicator Web Access

To sign in to Communicator Web Access

  1. On the computer, open a supported browser.

  2. In the Address box of the browser, type

  3. In the Security Alert message box, click Yes if you understand the implications and are comfortable with them.

  4. On the Communicator Web Access sign-in page, set a presence level by clicking the arrow next to Sign In and select the presence, and then click Sign In.


    If you wish to sign in as a user other than the account with which you are signed in to the computer, click Sign in with a different account and enter the sign-in address for the account that you want to use, click Sign In, enter account information in the Connect to dialog box, and then click OK.

  5. On client 2, repeat this procedure for