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  • Hi,

    We only just finished setting up Voice and Conferencing Attendant.  I'm extremely impressed and I think it will prove to be an invaluable tool.  I've deployed a Mediation Server, and using Cisco Call Manager have routed 'XXXX' into OCS for Conferencing.  This works without a problem, and I've configured Policies that allow all Users to Invite Anyone Using Passcodes.  As mentioned, this works perfectly.  Internal users can join via Communicator, external PSTN users can join with a passcode.

    My question is, is it possible for us to create a simple "Anonymous allowed Permanent Phone Conference ID"?  So anyone, at any time, can call this Conference ID with passcode without anyone needing to "create" or "lead" the meeting?   This would be specifically useful for PSTN Dial in Conferences between 3 Employees who are completely out of sight from a PC.  They can memorize the Conference ID and PIN and they know at any point they can join this Conference.

    Thanks
    Wednesday, August 26, 2009 12:51 PM

Answers

  • No, OCS requires that at least one authenticated user joins the conference to allow anonymous users to join from the lobby.  If all authenticated users leave the conference call then the bridge will close within a set interval of time.

    See this article for more details: http://blogs.technet.com/dougl/archive/2009/04/11/audio-conf-without-leader.aspx

    But for your scenario an employee simple needs to authenticate themselves from the PSTN phone by dialing 1, followed by their phone extension and personal PIN.  As long as one person does this then the bridge will stay open.  That person would use their Assigned Conference ID.
    Jeff Schertz, PointBridge | MVP | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging | MCTS: OCS
    • Marked as answer by Matty_C Wednesday, August 26, 2009 2:16 PM
    Wednesday, August 26, 2009 1:09 PM
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  • No, OCS requires that at least one authenticated user joins the conference to allow anonymous users to join from the lobby.  If all authenticated users leave the conference call then the bridge will close within a set interval of time.

    See this article for more details: http://blogs.technet.com/dougl/archive/2009/04/11/audio-conf-without-leader.aspx

    But for your scenario an employee simple needs to authenticate themselves from the PSTN phone by dialing 1, followed by their phone extension and personal PIN.  As long as one person does this then the bridge will stay open.  That person would use their Assigned Conference ID.
    Jeff Schertz, PointBridge | MVP | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging | MCTS: OCS
    • Marked as answer by Matty_C Wednesday, August 26, 2009 2:16 PM
    Wednesday, August 26, 2009 1:09 PM
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  • >> But for your scenario an employee simple needs to authenticate themselves from the PSTN
    >> phone by dialing 1, followed by their phone extension and personal PIN.  As long as one person
    >> does this then the bridge will stay open.  That person would use their Assigned Conference ID.

    Thanks Jeff.  I understand they can authenticate directly from PSTN, but even with this ... they don't have a general "known" conference to authenticate against.

    So yes, we can accept that at least one authenticated user needs to be connected to the call (and this is a security feature we want) -- the question now is .... Is it possible to create a permanent Meeting ID where any Authenticate user *is* a Leader?  This would solve our request.
    Wednesday, August 26, 2009 1:12 PM
  • No, there is no static Conference ID tha can be used.  But if the first caller uses their Assigned Conference IDs then they automatically become the leader.  So your best availble option requires callers to at least decide on who's bridge ID to use for each call.
    Jeff Schertz, PointBridge | MVP | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging | MCTS: OCS
    Wednesday, August 26, 2009 1:36 PM
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  • Thanks for clarifying Jeff.

    Our organization is coming from a single 'shared', 'known' Ready Conference number to a full blown OCS Voice deployment.  Therefore it's possible our questions are related to "Whats the conventional way to do <this>" rather than "Does OCS support this".
    Wednesday, August 26, 2009 2:16 PM
  • Hi Mat,

    Here is an idea. You could create an AD service account with limited system rights and enable the service account for OCS, no need to even enable the user for enterprise voice. Just need to ensure the right meeting policy is applied to the account. Sign in as the user and create a common pin and auto generate conference ID. Then all you need to do is give this information to those that need it. Its not very secure and there could be conflicts with people trying to use it at the same time but that is one way to do it without handing out one persons conference ID and pin.



    Cheers
    Chris

    http://voipnorm.blogspot.com/
    Tuesday, September 1, 2009 2:46 AM