Monday, October 27, 2008

CU @ TechEd EMEA ?

I will be in Barcelona next week and look forward to seeing some of you there! There is a lot of content on OCS 2007 R2 and I plan to attend most of these sessions to get some inspiration for our own R2 training offering.

If you want to catch-up then feel free to send me ‘sip’ call/IM or e-mail me at otherwise I will be in the Ask-The-Expert (or the MVP foolish enough to volunteer ;-) area for Unified Communications Monday from 19-21 and Tuesday from 13-17.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My favorite free Office Communicator tool – quick dialer from ESTOS

My favorite tool for Office Communicator is the ESTOS PhoneTools for Office Communicator and it works so well that I thought I would return the favor by doing some free advertising for ESTOS ;-)

The tool provides the ability to highlight a phone number in any program / web page like this one from our webpage at Inceptio -


After which you can press a hotkey (F8 is default) to dial the number. The configuration is very simple, you install it and then configure the following options -

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Notice that the phone number you highlight doesn’t have to be normalized, it will use your normalization rules to convert the number to E.164 format.

The product works perfectly fine with Office Communicator 2007 and R2, I personally haven’t had any issues with.

Go check it out at the ESTOS PhoneTools website.

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 resources #2

As you may know OCS 2007 R2 was publicly announced at VoiceCon. This also lifted the NDA so bloggers, Microsoft, the press etc. are now allowed to talk about OCS 2007 R2 in details.

I was in Redmond a few weeks ago to attend the R2 Metro training (Train The Trainer training on OCS 2007 R2 development) and we are also running OCS 2007 R2 internally as part of our preparation for delivering UC Boot Camps and events on R2 and I will create a series of posts on OCS 2007 R2 in the next weeks.

For now I have created a small collection of links to places, where you  can find more info on R2 -

Videos from VoiceCon 2008 (see all here)  -

  • Keynote by Eric Swift (From Microsoft if in doubt)
  • Keynote by Johan Krebbers, Group IT Architect, Royal Dutch Shell
  • Microsoft Booth visit

2 videos in a series of 6 is now posted on on OCS 2007 R2

  1. What’s new on conferencing … 
  2. OCS and the new Attendant

And according to the Office Communications Server 2007 team blog the following videos will be posted in the next couple of weeks -

  1. What’s New in Office Communicator, Communicator Web Access, and Devices with Office Communications Server 2007 R2
  2. Group Chat and Office Communications Server 2007 R2”
  3. What’s New in Mobility and Anywhere Access with Office Communications Server 2007 R2
  4. What’s New in Administration and Management with Office Communications Server 2007 R2

Speech Server 2007 vs UCMA v2.0 WF activites

New Server Roles and Client Features in OCS R2 by Jeff Schertz

OCS R2 Edge Bombshell by Jeff Schertz

Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 Heralds the Death of the IP-PBX from the VoIP & Gadgets blog

Jamie Starks blog from VoiceCon

The official Press release - Microsoft Unveils Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Release 2

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Forefront Threat Management Gateway Beta

I've been playing around with the beta of Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG for short) since its release in late spring.

Last week, I was looking to do some testing, and logged on to the TMG box. I noticed that the 'Update Services License' had expired. (When the TMG Beta is installed, a 90-day license for Malware Inspection is installed)

Well, lab environment or not, such details have to be taken care of, so I rummaged around a bit in the interface. Turns out that addressing this is really simple:

Right-click the 'Malware Inspection' service entry, click "License Details", and change the expiration date to your liking. Your TMG Beta should now be able to download updated malware definitions again.

Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2007 SP1 available

Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2007 SP1 is now available here:

Note that it's not being offered through Microsoft Update at the time of writing this, so a manual download is in order.

Lots of fixes, including KB950138 (Outlook Anywhere issues when running Exchange 2007 SP1 on Windows Server 2008).

For the complete list of fixes go here: