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  • Hello everyone,

    my company already uses OCS 2007 in a pilot project with remote call control and enterprise voice.

    I'm looking for a detailed overview of the roles and tasks of the servers in OCS. Although I found a little overview
    about the tasks in R2, I didn't find any information how it works.

    A little example..:

    Front End Server is responsible for presence information, IM and handling the voice data from MOC-Clients. But how does the Front End Server do all of it's tasks?

    Do you have any information about that things? I need that for every server of OCS.

    Thanks in advance.

    a:w
    Tuesday, November 4, 2008 3:34 PM

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  • I don't know of a resource that would provide much more than an overview of each role. Why would you need such a description?

     

    You can probably figure out how each role works just by thinking about what the server is actually doing. For example, the Front End Server. It's primarily handling logon/logoff requests and tracking Communicator endpoints in it's SQL database. It's also sending/receiving Presence updates to/from registered endpoints based on data in the database. When SIP session requests come in, the Front End notifies the destination, and then creates the media connection between the endpoints. It also sends URL information to clients to tell them where to access additional web based resources, like the Address Book.

     

    Hope that helps,

     

    Jamie Schwinn

    www.systmsny.net

     

     

     

    Tuesday, November 4, 2008 5:11 PM
  • Hi,

    I would highly recommend the following book:

    Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 Resource Kit
    http://www.microsoft.com/MSPress/books/10482.aspx

    It's very in depth on how things work...

    Sincerely,
    Tonino Bruno

    Tuesday, November 4, 2008 8:32 PM
  •  Jamie Schwinn_ wrote:

    I don't know of a resource that would provide much more than an overview of each role. Why would you need such a description?

     

    You can probably figure out how each role works just by thinking about what the server is actually doing.



    Hi,

    thanks for your reply. You're right, I can imagine what the servers do, but that's not detaillied enough... I found a lot of resources for voice scenarios - just like these articles that helped me very much:

    http://blogs.technet.com/jkunert/archive/2008/07/30/voice-scenarios-with-ocs-2007.aspx
    http://technet.microsoft.com/de-de/magazine/cc645016.aspx
    http://technet.microsoft.com/de-de/magazine/cc194410.aspx

    Sorry...the last ones are just German-spoken links, don't find the English ones at the moment...

    Ok, these articles are detailled enough... there is told which protocols for communication between the servers / gateways are used... but that's just for Enterprice Voice scenarios -> I need such a description for the "usual" cases

    Is there a resource?

    To your question:
    I need such a description because my company wants to know how OCS realizes IM or Presence Information - not just that OCS does it.

    @Tonio:
    Thanks for your link, looks really interesting,  but I only want to buy a book if there's really no free resource.

    Thanks for your help.

    a:w
    Wednesday, November 5, 2008 6:59 AM
  • You can download three full chapters of the book for free from here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=407A3E40-350A-4E3D-B60E-C9505668B231&displaylang=en

     

    This is the best resource out there so far.

    Wednesday, November 5, 2008 1:22 PM
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  • Hi Jeff,

    thanks for this resource, thats a good basic position for me.

    Sincerely,

    a:w
    Wednesday, November 5, 2008 3:10 PM