April 30 - 2010 - Issue #33 OCS Forum Now MCS Forum An independent view of Microsoft Communications Server - Microsoft is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation | For the latest on MCS, follow us on Twitter - click here Welcome to MCS Forum: Thomas, Get MCS Smart - MCS Forum Expo - Boulder - June 15-16 at the St. Julien Hotel with keynotes from MCS MVPs, Media Gateway- SBC experts, consultants, "road warriors" and others. Fees are $795 until June 1 and $995 until the event. See just below or CLICK HERE for more on conference schedule and program. To Register for MCS Expo Only Click Here To Register for MCS Expo & SIP Class Click here (Details on the SIP class is way down below.) There is an educational, nonprofit and government, SIP Forum member, SMB Nation MS Gold discount to $595, if paid before June 1. Win an iPad - must be present to win. - - For speaker/exhibitor/attendee call Tom Cross firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-594-1694. begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 303-594- 1694 end_of_the_skype_highlightingbegin_of_the_skype_h ighlighting 303-594- 1694 end_of_the_skype_highlightingbegin_of_the_skype_h ighlighting 303-594- 1694 end_of_the_skype_highlightingTopics presented will likely explore MCS planning, QoS, Security, Firewalls, Media Gateways, PBX Integration, Mobile MCS, Communicator, WAN-Bandwidth Planning, Customer Applications, Troubleshooting, Session Border Controllers and others. ___________________________________________ NOTE: Microsoft has deleted the term Office and now refers the product as Microsoft Communications Server 14 which is why we changed the name to MCS. Microsoft may make further name changes. Some companies may refer to the product as OCS, MCS or CS14. MCS Forum Expo Speaker Presentations Expanded to include: Communications Server 14 - Voice Drilldown - CS14 voice features - From PBX to CS14 Francois Doremieux - Principal Program Manager - Communication Server Product Group - - Boulder CS14 and OCS 2007 R2 design & chalktalk - Design considerations Happiest City in U.S. - OCS 2007 R2 architecture overview and sizing Click here for story. - CS14 architecture changes Come to MCS Forum Expo and see why. Mark Garcia - Principal UC Technology Specialist - U.S. Education Unified Messaging in Exchange Server 2010 This session will show how easy it is to integrate Exchange UM in an Office Communications Server 2007 R2 environment. Of all of the impacts that Unified Communications has had on daily communications, the simple ability to provide voice mail in email has probably had the greatest impact on information workers today. This session will include the following: Overview of Exchange Server 2010 Unified Messaging · Benefits of Unified Messaging in the Enterprise · Benefits of Unified Messaging to the Information Worker · Benefits of Unified Messaging to the IT Pro · Unified Messaging Features · Unified Messaging Options · Auto Attendant Unified Messaging Deployment · Installation · Dial Plan · Hunt Group · Pilot Number · Automated Attendant (Auto Attendant) · Exchange Management Console · Enabling Unified Messaging for Users · Testing by using the Exchange UM Test Phone application Deploying Unified Messaging Clients The St. Julien Hotel in · Unified Messaging Clients Boulder is an extraordinary · Configuring Outlook hotel. For a 30-second · Playing Voice Messages in Outlook · Play on Phone Flash tour of Boulder and · Outlook Voice Access Hotel Reservation · Using the Auto Attendant Feature information click here. Please make your Security, Management and Compliance for OCS reservations early. Whether it's ensuring your users only utilize OCS and blocking Info on Rocky Mountain access to other real time communications tool, or applying National Park - Elk, deer, disclaimers, setting user policy and archiving chats for moose, bighorn sheep, compliance, FaceTime's solutions integrate full with OCS. From black bears, coyotes, OCS Platform reporting to ethical walls in Group Chat, and Live Meeting management and recording you'll find out more about: cougars, eagles, hawks and scores of smaller animals - Key capabilities that help you maximize return on your chipmonks galore delight OCS investment wildlife-watchers of all ages. Getting complete visibility and reporting over employee Wildflower-lovers are never use of UC and implementing specific acceptable use disappointed in June and policies across all modalities July when the meadows Extending your current message retention architecture to accommodate regulatory and eDiscovery requirements for and hillsides are splashed OCS with botanical color. OCS Call Admission Control policy management and reporting NEW - click here for Highest OCS session data recording and reporting Altitude WEB Cams in the Managing, monitoring and recording Live Meeting, Group U.S. Chat How FaceTime integrates with Microsoft OCS, Active Directory and other existing network infrastructure technologies - Key requirements of a highly scalable architecture for supporting corporate and mobile workers in a UC environment. "Managing Migration Madness" Migration-Survivability-Reliability - Microsoft MCS Migration - from start to finish - Using Active Directory to smooth organization migration to MCS - Drop and Insert - adding MCS without spending money on older TDM PBXs - Branch Offices and MCS - Survivability techniques - - Improving Reliability at the core with "Crossover Gateway - Resiliency" - AudioCodes SPS - When it's time to forklift out the PBX - PBX to MCS - No Rush - Easing the Transition" - SIP Trunking with MCS - Interoperability and Security Solutions MCS & QoS "Irrational Exuberance" - Myth versus Reality - MCS platform is not QoS-Ready - Understanding the Myth of QoS in today's network - Testing your QoS today - Benchmarks, whoops and RGE - Planning the "endpoint-to-endpoint" impact of an MCS integration - Analyze your infrastructure: - Hardstuff - routers, switches, cable, power, WiFi and . . - Softstuff - training, support, users, Office 2010 featureset, what else - Upgrading your infrastructure - building in QoS for today and tomorrow - - Test your infrastructure and then test it again - lessons learned from Toyota - Dealing with the Extinction of the PBX - dial plans, routing, call centers, etc. - Phase in the MCS integration - Internal deployment - External deployment - Voice deployment - Advanced/Enterprise deployment MCS from Past to Presence - By 2012 Presence will be the standard - 80s someone called your desk (pink message slip) - Then voice mail could be sent to another location - Now can enable and block presence. Partners and vendors can see your calendar, live meetings cut travel times, traceable IMs allow for instant communication - You Can Set MCS and Forget It - MCS vs PBX - Why? - Can I leverage my current equipment? - Get rid of your PBX lines - Projects on IT lists can be rolled into MCS - MCS Will Replace Email - But Don't Tell Microsoft - Gen Y isn't emailing - Exchange will be a Unified Communication platform - Will reduce email storage space - Traceback Traceability - Social networking - companies don't know what employees are saying - Allow employees to communicate but protect your liability MCS-SIP Future Network Architecture MCS/SIP-Session Initiation Protocol Network Architectures: - Signaling-Server Virtualization - Benefits of Server Virtualization aka Abstraction - Distributed user endpoints and application servers - Scalable growth with QoS-Quality of Service control abstraction - MACS* via signaling "abstraction" *Moves, Adds, Changes & SAS-Stand Alone Survivability - SAS enables backup for SIP devices by the multiple "abstract" local or cloud SBC-Session Border Controllers and Media Gateway(s). - Trunking - Benefits of SIP Trunking - Session and Signaling control layers for: - On-net (IP PBX to IP PBX) - Off-net (IP PBX to local PSTN) - Off-net (IP PBX to LD/IDDD PSTN) - SPOC/SMOC-Single/Multiple Point of Connection - National control points for access (vendors) - Migration path to ALL-SIP & IMS-3GPP - Number Transparency - Benefits of Number Transparency - End-to-end media control (transparency) for voice or other media types - Access to SS7-Signaling System 7 applications for text messaging, mobility or call center routing - Enterprise control over call completion whether PSTN or SIP rather than provider - Migration path to E.164 & IMS-IP Multimedia Service & 3GPP-Third Generation Partner Project Release 6 - Routing - Benefits of SIP Routing - Eliminates "mesh" network mess - Add intelligent Session Layer 5 routing - Maintains end-to-end media transparency - Add media CoS-Classes of Service - Adds SPOC-Single Point of Contact with NOC-Network Operations Center - Migration path to ALL-SIP & IMS-3GPP - Proxy Peering Networks - Benefits of SIP Proxy Peering Networks - Platform for multi-vendor services - Ensures multiple CoS & QoS options - Migration path to ALL-SIP & IMS-3GPP - Foundation for any future network needs _____________________________________ _____ Here's some of the great MCS solutions presenting at - MCS Forum Expo: _____________________________________ ______ Uncommon Solutions presents MCS Solutions Uncommon Solutions' MCS-certified engineers design, deploy and integrate MCS solutions. We are a Microsoft Gold Partner with the 1st Microsoft-approved MCS appliance designed to facilitate real-time communication services and improve business processes. Uncommon Solutions is uncommon in our ability to address business goals with IT solutions that measure cost against value. Click here www.uncommonsolutions.com for more information. Fontel Presents MCS Solutions Fontel, Inc. is a wholesale distributor specializing in MCS optimized end-point devices. Our GN Jabra headsets offer a seamless intuitive communication experience. Jabra has been working with Microsoft since the very first deployment. Today, Jabra offers the most extensive portfolio of headset solutions optimized for MCS in the market. We also offer MCS optimized web camera's and speakerphones! Call us at 800-238-0787, e-mail email@example.com or visit our web site at www.fontel.com 911 ETC Presents MCS Solutions VoIPConnect is a monthly subscription service that provides organizations with E911 connectivity to PSAP-Public Service Answering Point's. Using a SIP-Session Initiation Protocol or PSTN-Public Switched Telephone Network connection, 911 calls are routed to a Voice Positioning Server, which then delivers the call and precise location information to the appropriate PSAP. In addition, 911 ETC's SoftLoc application can prompt a soft phone client to update their location information in real time for accurate 911 call delivery. For more information visit www.911etc.com. FaceTime Communications presents Security, Management and Compliance for OC Whether it's ensuring your users only utilize MCS and blocking access to other real time communications tool, or applying disclaimers, setting user policy and archiving chats for compliance, FaceTime's solutions integrate full with MCS. From MCS Platform reporting to ethical walls in Group Chat, and Live Meeting management and recording you'll find it all - click here. Gold Systems presents MCS Solutions Gold Systems is a unified communications specialist and a Microsoft Gold Certified Managed Partner, developing voice- driven solutions using IVR and speech recognition. Offerings include phone self-service and contact center solutions built on Office Communications Server 2007 R2, and unified messaging deployment and telephony interfaces to Exchange Server 2010. www.goldsys.com Phone 303-447-2774- email firstname.lastname@example.org SNOM presents MCS Solutions snom technology is a global manufacturer of SIP-based IP telephones for business, carrier and high-end consumer markets. Based on open standards, feature-rich and affordable, snom's products are engineered to fulfil their vision of ubiquitous, standards-based VoIP/SIP/MCS. Based in Berlin, snom's sales/distribution network extends to over 40 countries at www.snom.com AudioCodes Presents MCS Solutions AudioCodes is a leading manufacturer of Media Gateways for Microsoft Unified Messaging & Unified Communications, including Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2. Utilizing AudioCodes Media Gateways, businesses are able to interface Microsoft communications applications to a wide range of TDM PBXs, IP-PBX, SIP Trunking and legacy PSTN trunking facilities. With unsurpassed voice quality, reliability, flexibility and scalability, AudioCodes Media Gateways have earned many accolades and should be your first choice when deploying Microsoft Unified Communications. Visit www.audiocodes.com/microsoftfor more information. NOVUS presents MCS Solutions Since 1983, Novus, LLC has been supporting manufacturers' reseller channels worldwide, serving over 15 countries on 4- continents. Engaged at the inception of VoIP, our thorough understanding of VAR's needs and end-user expectations has positioned Novus as the leading distributor of snom IP telephones deployed on Microsofts' MCS platform at www.novusllc.com NET presents MCS Solutions NET's VX Series Intelligent Voice Gateways and Switches are specifically designed to provide the enterprise-class integration, interoperability, and security with scalability required for successful adoption of VoIP and Unified Communications into new and existing voice and PBX environments. Founded in 1983, NET (Network Equipment Technologies Inc.) is headquartered in Fremont California at www.net.com. Aastra presents MCS Solutions Aastra USA is the North American business unit of Aastra Technologies Limited, (TSX:"AAH"), a leading company at the forefront of the enterprise communications market. With more than 50 million installed lines around the world, offers one of the most complete portfolios of unified communications solutions available today. www.aastrausa.com. Aastra Announces IP Phones for Microsoft Communications Server Wave "14" FaxCore presents MCS Solutions at OCS Expo st FaxCore is the 21 century fax solution that combines the Microsoft .NET platform, a web interface and innovative fax over IP deployment opportunities into a single solution. A strategic partner of Dialogic, means all the advantages of the Dialogic platform are leveraged by FaxCore for leading edge deployments and unparalleled reliability. Click her for www.faxcore.com for more information. GreenAppx presents MCS Solutions GreenAppX has assembled the industry-leading applications for corporate 1) email, 2) network security, 3) data back-up and 4) office processes. These four categories contain critical applications that are crucial to the day-to-day management of any business. The start-up and recurring expense associated with traditional software deployments addressing these four categories are beyond the budgets of most small to mid-size enterprises. Click here for www.greenappx.com for more information. Peaceful UC-Co-Existence Avaya's one-X and Microsoft's Communicator Click here for shown on the MCS Forum web site is the animated tutorial of this written explanation. Shown on the screen is a brief tutorial on Avaya's one-X and Microsoft's Communicator. Figure 1 explores some of the concepts integrating Avaya's PBX system with Microsoft Communications Server (MCS). Figure 2 shows how aggregated or integrated Presence occurs between one-X & MCS. In addition, Presence is distributed to TDM desksets, SIP desksets, mobile devices, softphones, browser phone access and others. In one-X, there is: - Click-to-call from Outlook & Internet Explorer; - Click-to-email/IM from Avaya one-X Communicator. - Avaya uses SIMPLE-SIP for Instant Messaging and Presence Leveraging Figure 3 shows how SIP works for telephony between the one- X client and MCS. Avaya one-X, Microsoft Communicator and others communicates using SIP methods to make direct connections to SIP endpoints. This is one example of the SIP signaling methods for an Outbound Call. Since SIP signaling methods vary, specific call processing may succeed or fail between SIP systems of different manufacturers. Explained in the next part of the animated tutorial Figure 4, shows SIMPLE-SIP for Instant Messaging and Presence Leveraging Extensions for IM . SIMPLE is also used for multi- chat rooms as shown here. In Figure 5, is Avaya's integrated telephony Avaya CS1000 and Microsoft MCS-Microsoft's Communications Server provides: - Direct SIP, Dual Forking and Dual Forking with RCC-Remote Call Control - Public (E.164) and private dial plan support - Software based integration - CS1000 MCM handles signaling - Support legacy endpoints - Direct SIP integration with Exchange Server and 2007 Unified Messaging Avaya Services DMCC-Device, Media, and Call Control service enables access to Avaya Communication Manager first- and third-party call control capabilities via Java and .NET APIs, and an XML protocol description. Figure 6, it shows SIP is more than telephony, presence, video, its multimedia often called "rich media." This remainder of tutorial focuses primarily on RCC-Remote Call Control** but RCC is part of an MCS-PBX integration environment. MCS integration/implementation in the following configurations: 1 - Standalone via gateway 2 - Standalone via direct SIP 3 - Co-existence via dual forking - Direct SIP + PBX is qualified against Microsoft Dual-forking specification 4 - Co-existence via dual forking with RCC-Remote Call Control - PBX supports Dual forking plus RCC-Remote Call Control and - CSTA-Computer Supported Telephony Application *Regarding SIMPLE, IM-instant messaging is more than just one- to-one messaging. For example, MSRP-Message Session Relay Protocol defines a mechanism for sending instant messages within a peer-to-peer session, negotiated using the SIP and SDP-Session Description Protocol. Here is an explanation of the necessary tools for establishing multi-party IM sessions or chat rooms (like the original BBS-Bulletin Board Systems) with MSRP. SIMPLE-SIP for Instant Messaging and Presence Leveraging Extensions - is a working group that focuses on the application of the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP, RFC 3261) to the suite of services collectively known as IMP-Instant Messaging and Presence. The IETF has committed to producing an interoperable standard for these services compliant to the requirements for IM outlined in RFC 2779 (including the security and privacy requirements there) and in the CPIM-Common Profile for Instant Messaging specification, developed within the IMPP working group. As the most common services for which SIP is used share information in common with IMP, the adaptation of SIP to IMP seems a natural choice given the widespread support for current state of the SIP standard. **CSTA is an OSI protocol stack that provides an open system interface to a PBX-Private Branch eXchange, ACD-Automatic Call Distributor or CO-Centrex central office switching. CSTA uses, among other technologies, SALT-Speech Application Language Tags specification and its SMEX-Simple Messaging Exchange element, telephony call control capabilities in MSS-Microsoft Speech Server to allow a developer to create sophisticated telephony-based speech applications that can exploit both basic call control services such as ANI-Automatic Number Identification (caller ID) and DNIS-Dialed Number Identification Service (800), using the included basic call controls, or extended call control services, to create custom call controls. MCS Forum seeks nominations for: - Leadership - Technical Achievement - Solution Innovation For more send request to email@example.com Click here for OFFICIAL NEWS from Microsoft Microsoft Announces Microsoft Communications Server "14" Microsoft officially released more details today on the next release of OCS (further to the previous post on OCS in 2010 - The UC 14 Wave). The details were made in a keynote presentation by Gurdeep Singh Pall (VP Communications Group, Microsoft) at VoiceCon 2010 in Orlando. The next release is code named "Microsoft Communications Server 14" (notice the word "Office" has been dropped from the server product name). Here is a breakdown of some of the features talked about today: 1. Location Awareness Capabilities: o Built into the next release of Communicator (Wave 14) and used by OCS on the server-side. o Location information can be manually set by the user, or it can be auto-set on the corporate LAN. o The location information can be sent on the SIP channel and used for 911 features. 2. Native E911 Support (in Microsoft Communications Server 14). 3. Tighter integration with SharePoint, Exchange, and Office. 4. SharePoint Integration: o New Communicator "skill search" functionality built into the next release of Communicator that searches SharePoint profiles to find people with the skills you are looking for. o Initiate audio and video communication directly from SharePoint search results. o Phonetic based search in Communicator to locate associated SharePoint information. 5. Voicemail Features: o Visual voicemail capabilities directly integrated into Communicator 14. o Multi-language translation capabilities (with Exchange 2010 voicemail integration). o Ability to jump to a specific point in voicemail. 6. Call Admission Control: o The ability to use bandwidth information and policies to know if a video call can be initiated. 7. Branch Office Survivability: o Several Microsoft Partners (i.e. AudioCodes, Dialogic, Ferrari electronic AG, HP, and NET) announced Branch Appliances that provide local telephony services in the event of a wide area network failure. Link to: Three Amigos - MS Education Gurus Like: Where is the latest PBX compatibility list for Exchange 2010 Unified Messaging or via TechNet NEW - June 7-11 Dates in Boulder Announced Click here to register. OCS Forum Presents - MCS R2 - Ultimate Course 5-Day Training - "Hands-on" Labs with 700+ page manual with Special SIP Essentials section - click for more on SIP section. Critical Course for Planning MCS Design & Certification Study for Exam 70-638, Exam 70-262 and other tests MCS Forum announced its new OCSR2 Ultimate course. "R2 and Wave 14 coming in 2010 confirms Microsoft place in the new telecommunications networking business," noted Tom Cross MCS Forum CEO. "R2 is having a significant impact on corporate voice telecommunications strategies indicating the end of the TDM-time division multiplexed PBX-Private Branch eXchange systems is now insight. Microsoft is also driving companies like Cisco, Nortel, Avaya, NEC, Mitel, ShoreTel to rethink their featuresets and capabilities because while R2 is a new game when Wave 14 is released in 2010, their days are numbered," Cross commented. This five -day (5-day) "hands-on" lab course with 700+ page manual focuses on the core components of MCS 2007 R2, including: - Instant Messaging (IM) between everyone in the organization in the office or remote - Application and Desktop sharing for true collaboration - Audio/Video Conferencing including internally hosted audio conference calls and Live Meetings - Integration with Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging - Securing the environment to protect communications The course provides many hands-on labs to practice and reinforce learning of many new concepts. After completing this course, students should be able to design, install, configure, maintain, monitor, and troubleshoot the core components of OCS 2007 R2. Click here for a complete outline. Call Tom Cross at 303-594-1694 firstname.lastname@example.org for details. This class is FREE to paid MCS attendees. To register for SIP class only (not the MCS Expo) click here. Get SIP Smart Proxies are signaling - Media servers are content Special 1.5 day SIP Training after the MCS Expo limited to 10 attendees from Thursday 0900-1600 and Friday 0800-1100 - $495 for MCS Forum attendees and $895 for all others. Click here for outline (please note all topics may not be covered due to timeframe) "The SIP/VoIP courses are more than a superb primer on VoIP/SIP technology; they are an indepth business plan for a VoIP/SIP implementation. In addition, the VoIP/SIP diagnostic and troubleshooting guide is the most thorough approach to VoIP QoS available. I need information that informs but does not overwhelm. Information that guides but not drives you away. The courses provide insights and actionable information that has helped me get the technology we need sooner but saved me a considerable amount in understanding what we didn't need. The SIP course especially is a valuable one which provides much needed information in a readily understandable format." Paul Daubitz - President - ATI- TeleManagement All Students in SIP Planning Guide Course will receive this New Cisco SIP Trunking Book (published 2-4-2010). SIP Trunking is one of the first complete books to planning, evaluating, and implementing high-value SIP trunking solutions. Most large enterprises have switched to IP telephony, and service provider backbone networks have largely converted to VoIP transport. But there's a key missing link: most businesses still connect to their service providers via old-fashioned, inflexible TDM-Time Division Multiplexed trunks. Cisco® authors show how to use Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking to eliminate legacy interconnects and gain the full benefits of end-to-end VoIP. Written for enterprise decision-makers, network architects, consultants, and service providers, this book demystifies SIP trunking technology and trends and brings unprecedented clarity to the transition from TDM to SIP interconnects. The authors "separate the true benefits of SIP trunking from the myths and help you systematically evaluate and compare service provider offerings. This book includes detailed cost analyses, including guidance on identifying realistic, achievable savings." SIP Trunking also introduces essential techniques for optimizing network design and security, introduces proven best practices for implementation, and shows how to apply them through a start-to-finish case study. Some of the concepts explored in the book are · Discover the advanced Unified Communications solutions that SIP trunking facilitates · Systematically plan and prepare your network for SIP trunking · Generate effective RFPs for SIP trunking · Compare SIP deployment models and assess their tradeoffs · Address key network design issues, including security, call admission control, and call flows · Manage SIP/TDM interworking throughout the transition · This IP communications book is part of the Cisco Press® Networking Technology Series. IP communications titles from Cisco Press - SIP Trunking book by Christina Hattingh, Darryl Sladden, ATM Zakaria Swapan was first published February 4 - 2010. "Essense of Presence & Tele/Presence" If you have any any doubt about it, this should help you understand the power of "presence technology." For complete video, click here. Courtesy: Dialogic IPv6 Rocky Mountain Summit May 26-27 - Click here - Get IPv6 Smart + Beer and Gear Understanding SIP Signaling Click here for the animated tutorial. Click here for early registration NEW - Cisco's Tim Szigeti Speaks at T/P Expo and signs his book "Cisco TelePresence Fundamentals." Speech Title: Best Practices: TelePresence Design - TelePresence Technologies Overview - Simplicity, Quality & Reliability - TelePresence "Best Practices" - System - Room - Network Tim Szigeti, CCIE#9794, is a Technical Leader in the Enterprise Systems Engineering team at Cisco Systems. His role is to design network architectures for the next wave of medianet applications, including TelePresence, IP video surveillance, digital media systems and desktop video. He has also specialized in Quality of Service technologies for the past decade, during which he has authored many technical papers, including the Enterprise QoS Design Guide and the TelePresence Design guide. He has also co-authored the Cisco Press Books: End-to-End QoS Network Design and Cisco TelePresence Fundamentals. Understanding and Troubleshooting Video Conferencing Networks Tele-Presence Forum provides learning and educational services on audio, video - tele/presence, web conferencing and other aspects of tele/presence and is the sponsor of Tele/Presence Forum Expo. More information can be found at http://www.presenceforum.com From MS Team MCS - helpful MCS TechTips Click here for NextHop Whether you're new to Microsoft Communications Server and Unified Communications, simply looking for some helpful hints, or trying to get some serious information, we'll help you find what you need. MCS "Crash Course" Hands-On Half Day Getting MCS up in 3 hours - Coming fall 2010 The GotUC.net developer sandbox is open for registration We are a group of Microsoft Communications Server developers working together through a web-community to promote Communications Server development, to increase our skills and assist others. The founders of this site are firm believers in the potential of MCS and are committed to doing our part to make this community grow. On this site you will find many Microsoft MVPs for MCS who are willing to share their expertise with others.We are big evangelists for OCS and seek every available opportunity to speak out about it. CrossTalk Named One of the Top-10 Telecommunications Blogs Click here for blog All videos are FREE to MCS Forum 2010 Expo attendees and exhibitors. Previous Videos (note these videos may not all be updated by the Expo) - OCS Front End Server - OCS Planning Tool - Edge Planning Tool - Getting To Know Microsoft Office Communicator - OCS User Creation - Mediation Server - Edge Server Free Technical "Just Enough Just-in-Time" Knowledge from: The World's First and Largest Animated Library on Technology with more than 3,000 animated tutorials. Go now to www.techtionary.com MCS Forum provides classroom and webseminar training as well as a non-production environment for those IT departments without additional equipment, budget or time. This allows planners and users to test ideas, dial in and dial back out, IM file transfers, remote desktop sharing, video conferencing, run scenarios, review logs, break linkages and learning about new telephony features and network access. MCS Forum is also designed for both the system integrator/consultant who wants to learn about MCS without having to build their own system as well as the enterprise customer who doesn't have the time, resources or knowledge to develop one. MCS Forum Labs are designed to be "hands-on" or "over-the-shoulder" with experts available for Q&A and classes for feature-specific review. About MCS Forum MCS Forum is a vendor-independent laboratory environment designed for learning, technical guides, knowledge resources and online "live" services. MCS Forum provides planning, project management, consulting, training, case studies, white papers, speaking engagements, market/customer research, network planning and other services.
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