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OCS 2007 (Not R2) External Web conferencing RRS feed

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  • I have a very simple need for OCS 2007.  Internal IM and Public Web conferencing.  Internal IM works but I haven't been successful on the web conf.  I have a very small office and really would like to do this all on one server.  I know that's not the preferred way, but for budgetary reasons, that's my only choice at least at this point.  Can I in fact do public access Web conf on this one server?  From all the info I see you must install an edge server.  Is that the case and if so, can this one server also be an edge server?
    Wednesday, April 29, 2009 7:08 PM

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  • You require an EDGE Server
    And EDGE Server cannot be collocated on a Front-End server or any other OCS Server

    Althow Virtualization is not supported, Virtualization is the only solution for your problem for on premise solution.

    Have you considered BPOS (Business Productivity Online)
    There you have a low cost solution IM/Presence and Web Conferencing in the cloud

    Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS)
    http://www.microsoft.com/online/products.mspx

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    Wednesday, April 29, 2009 7:32 PM

  • A single Edge server in the screened network can host multiple roles (Edge Access and Edge Web Conferencing as a minimum in your case) to provide external access. Also, you will need at least one public IP address to enable remote connectivity.


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    Wednesday, April 29, 2009 8:58 PM
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  • Ok, so I have taken the suggestion, or requirement, and installed as a test, an edge server.  Went through all the setup process, assigned the certificates (from an internal CA), placed the second interface on another VLAN which has a static NAT entry in from the internet, added a DNS entry publically, etc.  Allowed, for testing purposes, all traffic inbound to this server to eliminate any problems with "ports opened".  And still, no luck.  Yep, I'm sure it's a config issue, just not sure where.  I still have a red X on the edge server under Status, External User Access area and all the entries there are X'd out red.  I added the FQDN entries in the front end server, ran wireshark to capture traffic and see there is in fact traffic but i'm not sure what it is other than on 8057 which I believe is the conference port number.  I sent a meeting request to an external address and tried to connect and no matter what I use in the client side settings, it either sits there and times out or states problem verifying cert or other various issues.  This is a very non-"newbie" friendly application in getting setup for external access web conferencing!!
    Thursday, April 30, 2009 8:52 PM
  • You have to configure External Access on 3 levels
    First of all you must configure this in Global Settings in OCS
    Second you must enable it on the EDGE server
    And you must enable it for the user

    Please do a New Debugging session on the EDGE Server and use the snooper tool from the resource kit so you can view the error messages
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    Monday, May 4, 2009 8:41 PM