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  • Greetings,

    I have a view questions regarding OCS 2007 R2:

    1- I have the Back-End server sql 2008 on win 2008, how can I create the database?
    2- If I managed to deploy OCS R2 in consolidated mode, and publish it in the external DNS can I run live meeting to start web confrence from out side the network for users whom belong to our AD.
    3- what featurs of ocs will not work externally if I dont have Edge server.
    4- in case of deploying edge server,should it have 4 NICs, and what if our firewall dose not support Reverse proxy?

    thanks in advance.

    Friday, June 5, 2009 11:10 AM

Answers

  • If you attempt to skip the Edge server and open traffic directly to the Front-End Server for external access, you can support Live Meeting clients, with limited functionality.   You can check this article for firewall rules and communications related to Web Conferencing: http://blogs.pointbridge.com/Blogs/schertz_jeff/Pages/Post.aspx?_ID=67

    This is not a support deployment and will offer limited functionality.  For a proper, secure, supported deployment of OCS you must deploy and Edge server to handle any external access (Communicator, Live Meeting, Federation, etc).  If you plan to use any audio/video within Live Meeting then you must deploy and Edge server as well.

    Regarding the number of NICs on the Edge server, check these articles as well:
    http://blogs.pointbridge.com/Blogs/schertz_jeff/Pages/Post.aspx?_ID=33
    http://blogs.pointbridge.com/Blogs/schertz_jeff/Pages/Post.aspx?_ID=19

    Also, a reverse proxy is not required to support external access, but without some features will not be available: external address book download (OC), distribution group expansion (OC), and shared meeting slide download (LM).
    Jeff Schertz, PointBridge | MVP | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging | MCTS: OCS
    • Marked as answer by andody Friday, June 5, 2009 1:39 PM
    Friday, June 5, 2009 1:01 PM
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  • Quick reply to your questions:

    1. for an OCS Enterprise consolidated topology, the database will be automatically created when you install the R2 Enterprise pool.

    2. yes

    3. for remote access, you need at least the Access Edge server. The recommended R2 topology is to collocate other Edge roles such as Web Conferencing and A/V Conferencing on the same box to provide additional functionality. You will also need a reverse proxy such as ISA 2006 SP1 to dish out web contents among others.

    4. depends on the Edge server roles, the number of NICS you deploy may vary.


    Please let us know if this helps. Thanks!


    http://www.leedesmond.com
    Friday, June 5, 2009 11:39 AM
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  • Lee,

    many thanks for your answer.

    I am a little bit confused regarding your answer to Q2 and Q3, so let's clarify it please.

    you said for remote access, the minimum is an Access Edge server. and on Q2 you said I can start live meeting from out side, even without an edge server, how is that ?

    Friday, June 5, 2009 12:19 PM
  • If you attempt to skip the Edge server and open traffic directly to the Front-End Server for external access, you can support Live Meeting clients, with limited functionality.   You can check this article for firewall rules and communications related to Web Conferencing: http://blogs.pointbridge.com/Blogs/schertz_jeff/Pages/Post.aspx?_ID=67

    This is not a support deployment and will offer limited functionality.  For a proper, secure, supported deployment of OCS you must deploy and Edge server to handle any external access (Communicator, Live Meeting, Federation, etc).  If you plan to use any audio/video within Live Meeting then you must deploy and Edge server as well.

    Regarding the number of NICs on the Edge server, check these articles as well:
    http://blogs.pointbridge.com/Blogs/schertz_jeff/Pages/Post.aspx?_ID=33
    http://blogs.pointbridge.com/Blogs/schertz_jeff/Pages/Post.aspx?_ID=19

    Also, a reverse proxy is not required to support external access, but without some features will not be available: external address book download (OC), distribution group expansion (OC), and shared meeting slide download (LM).
    Jeff Schertz, PointBridge | MVP | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging | MCTS: OCS
    • Marked as answer by andody Friday, June 5, 2009 1:39 PM
    Friday, June 5, 2009 1:01 PM
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  • Jeff,

    that was very useful.

    I appreciate your answer.
    Friday, June 5, 2009 1:31 PM