Managing Global Settings for the Forest

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.

The highest level of configuration for Office Communications Server 2007 is the global level, where you configure settings that apply to the entire forest. The global settings for the forest include the following settings:

  • General, used to manage support for internal SIP domains.

  • Search, used to manage how client search queries are handled by Office Communications Server.

  • User, used to manage the number of users and devices, as well as to enable users to view presence information for non-contacts.

  • Meetings, used to manage meeting policies, including the specification of specific meeting settings for each policy, and the specification of the global policy controlling participation of anonymous users in meetings.

  • Edge Servers, used to manage the supported Access Edge Servers, Web Conferencing Edge Servers, and A/V Edge Servers, which are the trusted servers used to support external access.

  • Federation, used to manage global-level support for federation and public IM connectivity.

  • Archiving, used to manage archiving of internal and federated communications.

  • Call Detail Records, used to manage support for call detail recording, including for instant message conversations, conferences, and Enterprise Voice calls.

In addition to these global settings for the forest, separate forest-level settings are used to manage Enterprise Voice settings, including the following settings:

  • Location profiles, used to specify which normalization rules apply to calls from a particular locale.

  • Phone usage records, used to define user calling privileges. A single user may have multiple phone usage records.

  • Policies, used to specify which phone usage records apply to which users. They also specify whether endpoint devices are enabled for simultaneous ringing. The simultaneous ringing feature enables each user to configure Communicator such that incoming calls, in addition to ringing the user's registered endpoints, also ring an additional non-registered endpoint, such as a personal mobile phone.

  • Routes, used to define how calls are routed through the Enterprise Voice infrastructure. A route consists of a target telephone number, one or more media gateways that are designated to handle that number, and the phone usage records that a user must have for permission to call the target number.

Many of the global settings are used in conjunction with pool-level, server-level, and user account-level settings, as covered in this guide.

Use the information in this section to view the status of any of these settings, as well as to configure the General settings to manage support for internal domains. To configure the other global settings, use the appropriate information in the remainder of this guide.