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Changing the OCS Addressbook URL and/or UNC fileshare path name

September 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Although you can edit the WMI settings directly to change the OCS Addressbook URL and/or UNC fileshare path name, there is another way that is a bit quicker and easier. By using the lcscmd.exe tool you can export the Pool level configuration to and XML file, Edit that file and then re-import that file as your new pool level configuration. Suppose we have: • Poolname: ocsr2pool • UNC path for the Addressbook location: \\tam-vm5\addressbook • New UNC path we want to use: \\tam-vm5\newaddressbook Steps to make this change: • Create your new UNC share location (e.g. \\tam-vm5\newaddressbook) • Stop the OCS FE Services, (ensures no AB changes occur during your change) • Copy the existing OCS addressbook files to the new location, (i.e. from \\tam-vm5\addressbook to \\tam-vm5\newaddressbook) • Logon to one of the OCS Front End (FE) server(s) • From “\program files\common files\microsoft office communications server 2007 r2\” run the following lcscmd command: o Lcscmd /config /action:export /configfile:poolconfig.xml /level:pool • Using Notepad edit poolconfig.xml • Look for a line similar to:
• Change “addressbook” to “newaddressbook”
• Save the file
• Run the following lcscmd command: lcscmd /config /action:import /configfile:poolconfig.xml /level:pool
• Restart the OCS FE services.

To verify that the change occurred, open the OCS Admin GUI and expand the Addressbook Settings at the OCS Pool level

Hugh Marlor | Senior Consultant | BT Business Innovations Group | BT Global Services | T:+1. 972.830.8825| E: hugh.marlor@bt.com | http://www.bt.com/globalservices

From: Marlor, Hugh
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2010 8:38 PM
To: Wizards-UCC
Subject: Outlook Live Meeting Conferencing Addin Permission Setting

Interesting use of exporting and importing the pool config that show up in Outlook.

From: ELSAM, ROBERT
Sent: Monday, August 23, 2010 1:32 AM
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Subject: Outlook Live Meeting Conferencing Addin Permission Setting

You may recall a while back, a default setting in the Live Meeting Outlook addin that allowed the user to invite anyone to a Live Meeting was identified as a potential security risk. Although the user should be able to select that option if they want to, it was agreed that setting the Invite Within Network (as below in the screenshot) would be a more preferable default setting. However at the time, Microsoft were not able to propose a solution to make this setting default and it was thought that a patch may be required to fix the issue.

Recently Microsoft have got back to use with a solution, that we have tested at NML and it has the desired effect of setting Invite Within Network as the Default Permission setting within the Live Meeting Conferencing Addin in Outlook.,

The solution involves using the lcscmd.exe tool within OCS 2007 R2. The procedure is below:
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1. Open the Command Prompt in OCS R2 and CD to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2.

2. Run the following command and export the current OCS Pool configuration to an XML file (in this example C:\poolconfig.xml):
>lcscmd.exe /Config /Action:Export /ConfigFile:C:\poolfonfig.xml /Level:Pool

3. Open the xml file you just exported and search for the following text: DefaultAddmisionTypeAnonymous.
To the right hand side of this text there should be the following text-” “-this setting sets the default permission to Invite Anyone.
In order to make Invite Within Network the default setting it is necessary to change the value “true” to “false” ( – . After changing this value in the XML file save the XML file. 4. Next import the configuration XML file by running the following command: >lcscmd.exe /Config /Action:Import /ConfigFile:C:\poolconfig.xml /Level:Pool Either wait 10 minutes or restart the Front End Service and then the default permission setting in the Outlook Live Meeting Addin should change to Invite Within Network. According to Microsoft there is no way at the moment to make the Second option the default (Invite Anyone Within Network). Anyway I hope this may be of some use to you. Please feel free to ask any questions regarding this. Regards Robert

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New Live Meeting console and Conferencing Add-In have been released

July 29, 2010 Leave a comment

The CU12 Live Meeting console and Conferencing Add-In have been released to the Web and the KB articles for the CU12 Console and Conferencing Add-In have also been published. The CU12 build number is 8.0.6362.190

The CU12 Live Meeting console and Add-In can be downloaded from the following links:

LM Console download link http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HA101733831033.aspx

LM Conferencing Add-In download link http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HA102368901033.aspx 

KB Article for the Live Meeting Console http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2029026

KB Article for the Live Meeting Conferencing Add-In http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2029027

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July 2010 Updates to Communicator and OCS (Cumulative Update 6)

July 26, 2010 Leave a comment

There has been a new round of updates for Communicator 2007 R2, OCS 2007 R2, and OCS 2007 R2 Group Chat – known as Cumulative Update 6 (CU6). ** July 26, 2010 Update **: There have been several reports of problems (failure of the Front End Service to start) after applying the CU6 updates on the server. Consider holding off applying this update until more information is known. It is important to install the CU 6 update to the back end database role first (see Description of the cumulative update package for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 database: July, 2010). So far, the problems appear to be related to this, but more information to come. Client Updates Communicator 2007 R2: • The July, 2010 update for Communicator 2007 R2 can be found here: Description of the cumulative update package for Communicator 2007 R2: July 2010. This update brings the Communicator version up to 3.5.6907.206 from the last update in April 2010 (3.5.6907.196). • Note: the links to the knowledge base article for the individual fixes do not work right now, or not ready yet, on the Microsoft support site. • The update can be downloaded here. Communicator 2007 R2 Phone Edition: • The July, 2010 update for Communicator 2007 R2 can be found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2267962/. • The update can be downloaded here. Communicator 2007 R2 Mobile: • This was update was released about 2 weeks ago, but the knowledge base article has been updated. The description can be found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/969816. • You can download the Smartphone update here. • You can download the Pocket PC packager here. OCS 2007 R2 Group Chat Client: • The July 2010 update can be found here: Description of the update for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat Client: July 2010. • The update can be downloaded here. Server Updates OCS 2007 R2 Server: • Note: the update for the SE/EE Back End Database is here: Description of the cumulative update package for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 database: July, 2010. This update (OCS2009-DBUpgrade.msi) SHOULD BE RUN FIRST. • All of the Cumulative 6 server updates can be found here: Updates for Communications Server 2007 R2. • The updates can be downloaded here. • It looks like the update includes new hotfixes for the following server roles: Audio/Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing Server, Core Components, Communicator Web Access, Conferencing Attendant, Standard/Enterprise edition Server Back End, and the UCMA Managed API 2.0 Core Redist 64-bit. • Note: the links to the knowledge base article for the individual fixes do not work right now, or not ready yet, on the Microsoft support site. OCS 2007 R2 Group Chat Server: • The Cumulative 6 updates for the Group Chat Server can be found here: Update package for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat Server: July 2010. • The Group Chat Server update can be downloaded here. OCS 2007 R2 Group Chat Admin Tool: • The update can be found here: Description of the update for the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat Administration Tool: July 2010. • The update can be downloaded here http://blog.insideocs.com/2010/07/23/july-2010-updates-to-communicator-and-ocs-cumulative-update-6/

Recently discovered issues with Server 2008 R2 and OCS 2007 R2 – ABServer errors and moving users

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Issue #1: Using the OCS 2007 R2 Administration tools on Server 2008 R2 has shown to be problematic for moving users from LCS and OCS 2007 R1/R2 to other OCS servers. For now, it is best to use a non-Server 2008 R2 workstation or server to move users to and from OCS servers. You can ‘force’ the users to move, but it doesn’t always result in a good move. So, avoid it if possible.

Issue #2: If you are trying to run “ABServer.exe -SyncNow” on an OCS 2007 R2 server running on Server 2008 R2, you will need to create a new DWORD registry entry at HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa\DisableLookbackCheck set to the value of 1.

Due to .NET 3.5 SP1 on Server 2008 R2, if this registry value is not set, you will receive an error message of “Triggering Address Book Server syncronization pass – function not available when RTCSRV service is not running. Start the RTCSRV service.” A reboot may be required for the new registry setting to take effect.

Usually, manual regeneration of the address book is not required since the front end will refresh the contents every night by default. It is only the manual run of ABServer.exe that is affected on Server 2008 R2. It is normally best to leave DisableLoopbackCheck disabled (set to 0) if possible for security reasons.

Thankfully, OCS seems to perform very well on Server 2008 R2 once the known issues are worked around.

Microsoft keeps an updated KB article about these issues, which do not have these documented yet, here.

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Support PIC Domains

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Supported PIC Domains:  

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/897567

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OCS 2007 Backup and Recovery

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Microsoft Backup and Recovery Document/download:

Available here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=5C6E6AC7-079A-4326-B517-3C117FADB44E&displaylang=en

 It is long but very good.

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Desmond Lee’s OCS Blog

June 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Check out Mr. Lee’s OCS Blog: http://www.leedesmond.com/weblog/?cat=18

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