Geek of all Trades: Microsoft's New Certifications: What They Are, Why They Matter
Greg Shields - August 2009
With the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer credential being retired for all iterations but Windows Server 2003, a new certification program has been created. Greg Shields explains how this new certification path helps to better identify where your skills lie.
Desktop Files: Sharing and Synchronizing Your Files
Wes Miller - July 2009
If you are searching for a way to be able to access to files from anywhere, and to share and synchronize those files easily, there are a growing number of potential solutions, as this column describes.
Security: Protect Instant Messaging with Forefront Security
Molly Gilmore - May 2009
As IM becomes ever more popular, it is increasingly important that administrators have a way to keep it secure. Forefront Security for Office Communication Server provides effective protection against instant messaging-targeted malware or other prohibited content within an OCS 2007 environment.
Office Communications Server: Stay Connected with Office Communicator Web Access
Greg Stemp and Jean Ross - April 2009
Office Communicator Web Access is a messaging client that requires nothing more than a Web browser. Discover how it can extend the capabilities of Office Communicator—instant messaging, presence, desktop sharing, and so on—to anyone with an Internet connection and a supported browser.
Office Communications Server: How Voice Conferencing Powers OCS 2007 R2
Rajesh Ramanathan - April 2009
Office Communications Server 2007 provides very powerful and flexible conferencing capabilities. Learn how OCS 2007 R2 allows users to set up real time conferences with other users inside and outside the corporate firewall, supporting both ad-hoc escalation of calls to a conference and pre-scheduled conferences and meetings.
Office Communications Server: What’s New in Office Communications Server 2007 R2
Stephanie Pierce - March 2009
Office Communications Server 2007 R2 introduces not only a number of brand-new features, it also delivers some significant enhancements to existing functionality. Here’s an overview of some of the most important new features and functions you’ll find in this latest release.
Office Communications Server: How Remote Call Control Powers OCS 2007 R2
Rajesh Ramanathan - March 2009
The Remote Call Control capabilities in OCS can be used to extend your R2 deployment to legacy devices. Find out how to configure Remote Call Control to provide rich OCS capabilities in an environment with a PBX system.
Office Communications Server: Securing OCS with ISA Server
Alan Maddison - March 2009
To securely extend your OCS 2007 infrastructure to remote users and organizations, you need to deploy one or more Edge Servers and provide reverse proxy access to these servers. Here’s what you need to know to use and configure ISA Server 2006 as a reverse proxy for your OCS deployment.
Office Communications Server: Managing OCS 2007 R2 from the Command Line
Greg Stemp and Jean Ross - March 2009
Though you can configure Office Communications Server using wizards, there are times it makes sense to work from the command line. Explore the LCSCmd command-line tool and see how you can use it to set up OCS 2007 R2.
Office Communications Server: A Powerful Tool for OCS Planning and Deployment
Stephanie Pierce - March 2009
The Planning Tool for OCS 2007 R2 is a wizard that provides prescriptive guidance to help you prepare to deploy R2 in your organization. Discover how you can quickly generate a topology and create a list of recommended hardware to help guide your planning and deployment efforts.
Communications and Collaboration: How Voice Powers OCS 2007
Rajesh Ramanathan - July 2008
Microsoft Office Communication Server brings important changes to enterprise telephony. Examine how voice calls are made layer by layer, learn how calls can be routed to various endpoints, and explore the importance of conversations in OCS communications.
Office Communications Server: How Presence Powers OCS 2007
Rajesh Ramanathan - February 2008
Office Communications Server 2007 uses information about user availability to route communications to the most appropriate place—whether it's sending a voice call, a video conference, an e-mail message, or an IM. See how the OCS 2007 system uses presence to connect endpoints.
Office Communications Server: Plan Your OCS 2007 Voice Deployment
Jochen Kunert and Rui Maximo - February 2008
Integrating Office Communications Server 2007 with an existing PBX system can be a challenging task. You need to select an integration scenario, understand call routing, know how to configure user settings, deal with number plans, and more. But don't worry. This overview will show you what you need to know.
Communications: Connecting Users with Office Communications Server 2007
Alan Maddison - September 2007
Unified communication is here. Take a tour of the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and find out how integrated messaging, voice, video, and conferencing features can help to improve productivity and enhance long-distance collaboration in your organization.