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Video chat and Standard CAL RRS feed

  • Question

  • Guys,

    We are deploying OCS 2007 and I have a question regarding video chat. Is this allowed with the standard CAL? What about voice between 3 or more end-users?

    Also, is there somewhere a document outlining the features that I should disable in the default policy to not have licensing issues? (Assuming we only have standard CALs) Is disabling "Web Conferencing" enough to disable the Enterprise features on a Standard OCS server?

    Enable IP Audio/Enable IP Video is allowed with the Standard CAL?

    Thanks!
    Wednesday, August 5, 2009 10:43 AM

Answers

  • The Standard CAL authorizes the use of all features except for Conferencing and Telephony.  So all 2-party Peer-to-Peer communications (IM, Audio, Video) are allowed.  Note that only computer-based Audio (Communicator) calls are included, using a MEdiaiton server to support VoIP-based telephony 2-party calls requires an Enterprise license. Any Web Conferencing (MCU based) multi-party (3>) communications also require an Enterprise license.

    Disabling the features in OCS should be suffient as you cannot deploy a Standard Edition server without all roles included.  I don't know if it's required that the conferencing services also be disabled on the server as well; my guess is not.  Just blocking the functionailty from the end-users should be enough.

    Take a look at this article for more details: http://evangelyze.net/cs/blogs/mike/archive/2009/02/02/ocs-r2-licensing-explained.aspx
    Jeff Schertz, PointBridge | MVP | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging | MCTS: OCS
    Wednesday, August 5, 2009 12:17 PM
    Moderator
  • By default Web Conferencing is disabled for all users in OCS for Live Meeting usage.  You have to modify the default Meeting policy or select a different policy to allow OCS users to access Conferencing features.


    Jeff Schertz, PointBridge | MVP | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging | MCTS: OCS
    Wednesday, August 5, 2009 4:03 PM
    Moderator
  • One further comment on this - OCS comes with an "out of the box" configuration that is compliant with the Standard CAL.  If you don't change any settings then you are compliant.
    Mike Stacy | Evangelyze Communications | http://www.evangelyze.net/cs/blogs/mike
    Saturday, August 8, 2009 1:10 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • The Standard CAL authorizes the use of all features except for Conferencing and Telephony.  So all 2-party Peer-to-Peer communications (IM, Audio, Video) are allowed.  Note that only computer-based Audio (Communicator) calls are included, using a MEdiaiton server to support VoIP-based telephony 2-party calls requires an Enterprise license. Any Web Conferencing (MCU based) multi-party (3>) communications also require an Enterprise license.

    Disabling the features in OCS should be suffient as you cannot deploy a Standard Edition server without all roles included.  I don't know if it's required that the conferencing services also be disabled on the server as well; my guess is not.  Just blocking the functionailty from the end-users should be enough.

    Take a look at this article for more details: http://evangelyze.net/cs/blogs/mike/archive/2009/02/02/ocs-r2-licensing-explained.aspx
    Jeff Schertz, PointBridge | MVP | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging | MCTS: OCS
    Wednesday, August 5, 2009 12:17 PM
    Moderator
  • But can I block the enteprise features in a global policy on the OCS server? Or do I need a GPO?
    Wednesday, August 5, 2009 3:12 PM
  • By default Web Conferencing is disabled for all users in OCS for Live Meeting usage.  You have to modify the default Meeting policy or select a different policy to allow OCS users to access Conferencing features.


    Jeff Schertz, PointBridge | MVP | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging | MCTS: OCS
    Wednesday, August 5, 2009 4:03 PM
    Moderator
  • One further comment on this - OCS comes with an "out of the box" configuration that is compliant with the Standard CAL.  If you don't change any settings then you are compliant.
    Mike Stacy | Evangelyze Communications | http://www.evangelyze.net/cs/blogs/mike
    Saturday, August 8, 2009 1:10 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi Jeff / Mike - thanks for your comments.  You mentioned that you cannot use Telephony Integration with the Standard CAL, as using a Mediation server is a form of "conferencing" and as such requires the Enterprise CAL.  What about Remote Call Control, as this uses SIP TR87 directly with the PBX, and does not use the Mediation server, as Communicator does not transmit or receive audio in this scenario.  Can Remote Call Control (i.e. without Enterprise Voice) be enabled with the Standard CAL?
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 12:40 PM
  • All telephony scenarios, including RCC, require an enterprise CAL.


    Mike Stacy | Evangelyze Communications | http://www.evangelyze.net/cs/blogs/mike
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 9:44 PM
    Moderator