Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Resource Kit (ISBN: 9780735626355) is an update to the very successful book of the same title published last year. Expanded chapters with various in-depth topics on top of new exciting features plus useful tips from the field make this a must have for R2 enthusiastic fans. Online availability from your favorite retailer is scheduled on 4 February 2009.
Archive for January, 2009
A series of official documentation for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 (RTM) has been released:
- OCS 2007 R2 Release Notes (link)
- OCS 2007 R2 Client Group Policy Settings (link)
- OCS 2007 R2 Group Chat Planning and Deployment Guide (link)
- OCS 2007 R2 Group Chat Getting Started Guide (link)
- OCS 2007 R2 Group Chat Quick Reference Card (link)
- OCS 2007 R2 Group Chat What’s New Guide (link)
- Deploying the Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 Client with OCS 2007 R2 (link)
- Office Live Meeting Quick Reference for Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 (link)
- Meeting Client for OCS 2007 R2 Testing and Troubleshooting Guide (link)
- Getting Started with the Microsoft Office Live Meeting Client for Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 (link)
- Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Quick Reference for Dial-in Conferencing (link)
Time to plan for some (more) sleepless nights reading R2 bedtime stories
- Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Documentation (download)
- Microsoft Office Protocol Documents
In the not too distant future, your spacious magnetic hard drives and solid state drives (SSD) will come with on-board circuitry that supports full-disk encryption utilizing Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-bit or 256-bit keys. A hardware Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is not a requirement although it is becoming ubiquitous and a pre-requisite for certain server or host-based virtualization technologies like Hyper-V.
Common storage interfaces and connections used in desktops or enterprise server disk storage arrays such as ATAPI, SCSI SAS, ATA parallel and serial, and Fibre Channel are supported. Major manufacturers are scheduled to roll out self-encrypting devices based on the 3 standardized storage device specifications from the Trusted Computing Group (details here). All this translates to increased efficiency of the security technology, minimum security configuration at installation, along with higher performance with low overhead and improved device interoperability.
Essentially, a password or pass phrase is mandatory to gain access to the storage device. This happens even before the operating system bootstraps and loads, analogous to but significantly more secure than a simple BIOS password. The password is required to unlock a key used to decrypt the data.
An enterprise can configure strong access control to prevent encryption from being disabled by end-users. Cryptographic erasure of a managed encrypted device for re-provisioning is made possible with a few keystrokes at the IT level using standards compliant encryption key management applications. Existing data will be permanently inaccessible since the cryptographic key is modified.
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The site for the Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 virtual event has been launched at www.OCSR2LAUNCH.com. There will be a live keynote with customer stories and product demonstrations on Tuesday 3 February 2009 from 0930 to 1030 AM Pacific Time (1830 to 1930 hrs Central European Time).
As a registered participant to this virtual launch event, you will be able to sign up for a free online trial of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 where you can explore the R2 user experience within a hosted environment. No information about R2 offline download for evaluation is available though (a very common question I keep getting from many of you).
You may encounter an error condition with some cryptic looking message like this when installing .NET Framework version 3.5 SP1:
Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2
Failed to install the Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.5 SP1 - Unspecified error.
Error Code: 112
Fear not! You can ask the built-in net.exe command for some real help like this:
The syntax of this command is:
C:\>net helpmsg 112
There is not enough space on the disk.
Real aficionados of OCS 2007 R2 should not hesitate to install the updated Resource Kit Tools. On a computer other than the one running OCS server role(s), there is a need to install the following items separately. This can be done by using the setupse.exe or setupee.exe applications to install R2 itself.
Failing to fulfill this requirement will prevent setup from installing the RK. You will encounter error messages similar to these here:
Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2, Resource Kit Tools installation or uninstallation requires that VC++ 2008 Redistributable is already installed. Either use Setup.exe for installation or run VCRedist_x86.exe included with the product to install the redistributable.
Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2, Resource Kit Tools installation requires Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.5 SP1. Installation cannot continue.
Update: Only x64 editions of the R2 RKtools are available.
By default, the SID Filtering security feature is enabled in Active Directory since Windows 2000 Server SP3. In order to use the SID History functionality for domain restructuring and migration, the former should be disabled on all forest and domain level NT trusts.
Both the trusting domain and trusted domain parameter should be specified using the NetBIOS equivalent instead of the FQDN. Otherwise, a misleading error message will be returned when you run the netdom.exe command:
netdom trust TrustingDomain /domain:TrustedDomain /quarantine:No /userD:domainAccount /passwordD:*
Access is denied.
The command failed to complete successfully.
Proper syntax and provision of the necessary credential will show up as:
SID filtering is not enabled for this trust.
The command completed successfully.
Like any other Windows enterprise applications, security is an essential component of any installation and deployment. It goes without saying that you should consider the same for your Unified Communications infrastructure base on OCS 2007 and R2. Here is your chance to evaluate Beta 3 of Forefront Security for OCS 2007 to do just that.
Download and more information here.
An updated version of the above is now available for download. An overview of the document states:
This document guides you through the deployment of edge servers in your Office Communications Server 2007 topology. You typically deploy edge servers after you have deployed Office Communications Server in your internal network.
If you need to communicate with users and organizations outside your internal network by using your Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 deployment, you need to deploy one or more edge servers. You install edge servers in your perimeter network (also known as screened subnet) so that users outside your organization’s firewall are authorized before they obtain access to your Office Communications Server deployment.
Informational message to reinforce the fact that it is not possible to mix OCS 2007 and R2 (RTM) Administrative Tools to manage users homed on different OCS versions:
This user is enabled on a previous version of the product, and cannot be administered with the Office Communications Server User Property Page. You may use Office Communications Server 2007 R2, Administrative Tools to move this user to a Office Communications Server pool with the Move User Wizard, but an appropriate version of the tools must be used to change user settings.