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Title: Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005: In Close Up


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MicrosoftOffice Live Communications Server 2005
In Close Up
  • Ilse Van Criekinge
  • Exchange Trainer Consultant
  • (Azlan Training)
  • ilse_at_vancriekinge.com
  • (www.Pro-Exchange.be)

2
Agenda
  • Introduction
  • Introducing Live Communications Server
  • Different versions and editions
  • Server side
  • Client side
  • Integration with
  • Microsoft Sharepoint Products and Technologies
  • Microsoft Exchange Server and Active Directory
  • Microsoft Office Live Meeting

3
Real Time Collaboration
  • Instant Messaging
  • Presence
  • Audio and Video
  • Data Collaboration

4
Instant Messaging
  • Office communication that is near real-time and
    more efficient than e-mail and telephony
  • Well suited for immediate, informal, but
    important exchange of, ideas and information
    among users in a distributed group
  • Integrates easily with the desktop environment
  • Allows you to maintain a list of known users
    whose presence, or otherwise, is indicated

5
Presence
Busy
Online
Status visible to users
Online
User C
User A
User B
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Audio and Video
  • Audio allows the users to send their voice or
    other sounds to other devices or computers
  • Requires microphones and speakers
  • Video allows the users to send a video image of
    themselves or an item under discussion
  • Requires either a video-capture card and camera,
    or a camera that supports video for Windows
  • Users can exchange audio and video by using a
    combination of different communication devices
    such as PC-to-PC, Phone-to-PC, and PC-to-Phone

7
Data Collaboration
  • Application sharing
  • Allows you to share progams that are available on
    your computer with other users
  • Allows two people to view and work on files
    simultaneously
  • Whiteboard
  • Allows you to draw and type simultaneously with
    someone else
  • File transfer
  • Allows you to send and receive files while you
    are having an IM conversation with any of your
    contacts

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Agenda
  • Introduction
  • Introducing Live Communications Server
  • Different versions and editions
  • Server side
  • Client side
  • Integration with
  • Microsoft Sharepoint Products and Technologies
  • Microsoft Exchange Server and Active Directory
  • Microsoft Office Live Meeting

9
Design Goals of Live Communications Server
  • Secure
  • Manageable
  • Standards Based
  • Extensible

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Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005
  • Microsoft Office Live Communications Server
    2005 provides cost-savings, improved business
    efficiencies, and increased productivity in an
    enterprise-grade real-time collaboration server.
  • With standard protocols, advanced deployment
    and management tools, a strong partner ecosystem,
    and innovative client features, Live
    Communications Server is the clear choice for
    todays organizations

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Benefits of LCS 2005
  • Instantly find and communicate with people
  • Add real-time collaboration capabilities to core
    Microsoft Office programs and others
  • Collaborate from within Microsoft SharePoint
    Products and Technologies
  • Connect to public IM service providers using the
    new Public IM Connectivity service
  • Connect quickly and easily from remote locations

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Benefits of LCS 2005 (contd)
  • Connect and communicate instantly with other
    organizations
  • Take advantage of enterprise-ready features
  • Get higher availability and data recovery through
    Microsoft SQL Server integration
  • Reduce communication and travel costs
  • Built on an extensible platform

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LCS and its design goals
  • Design Goal 1 Secure
  • Windows AD Integration
  • TLS connections
  • Audio/Video privacy using RTP/LCP encryption
  • Kerberos and NTLM for client authentication
  • Design Goal 2 Manageable
  • Familiar Windows based management tools
  • Manage users, servers, and global settings
  • Group policy object support for a controlled
    rollout

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LCS and its design goals /2
  • Design Goal 3 Standards Based
  • LCS is built on the SIP/SIMPLE Platform
  • SIP/Simple Session Initiation Protocol/SIP
    Instant Messaging and Presence Leveraging
    Extensions
  • Application-layer control protocol that handles
    the setup, modification, and tear-down of
    multimedia sessions
  • Based on a request and response transaction model
    similar to HTTP. Each transaction consists of a
    request that invokes a particular method or a
    function on the server and at least one response

15
LCS and its design goals /3
  • Design Goal 4 Extensible
  • LCS is based on industry standards with client
    and server Application Programming Interfaces
    (APIs) that enable innovative applications and
    customised solutions using presence and other
    real-time capabilities
  • The architecture of LCS uses the
    industry-standard protocols and includes a rich
    set of APIs. Because it uses the industry
    standard SIP and SIMPLE protocols, a developer
    can create presence, IM, audio, video and data
    collaboration, conferencing, and telephony
    solutions, or even integrate presence and real
    time capabilities into your existing applications

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Agenda
  • Introduction
  • Introducing Live Communications Server
  • Different versions and editions
  • Server side
  • Client side
  • Integration with
  • Microsoft Sharepoint Products and Technologies
  • Microsoft Exchange Server and Active Directory
  • Microsoft Office Live Meeting

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Different versions and editions
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Microsoft Office LCS 2003
  • IM and presence Standard Edition
  • Standards protocols (SIP and SIMPLE)
  • Controlled SIP namespace
  • Encryption
  • Centralized management
  • Integration with Active Directory
  • Integration with Microsoft Office 2003
  • Archiving logging of messages
  • Customizable client using XML

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Microsoft Office LCS 2005
  • Enterprise Edition
  • High-availability
  • Remote user access
  • Direct Federation
  • Clearing house
  • Active Directory topology support
  • Resource Forest
  • Central Forest
  • Multi-tree Forest

20
Microsoft Office LCS 2005 Sp1
  • Public IM Connectivity (Licenses Sold Separately)
  • Enhanced Federation for simple enterprise-to-enter
    prise federation
  • Multiple-tree forest topology
  • Enhanced Security and Spam over IM Control (URL
    filter application, Spim filters)
  • Address Book Service
  • Support for Microsoft Office Communicator 2005

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Differences in Editions
  • Single Server Architecture
  • Supports up to 15k users
  • Users data stored in MSDE
  • Authenticated identity in AD
  • Add logging archiving
  • SQL Server
  • Remote user access
  • No VPN required
  • Federate outside firewall
  • Via access proxy
  • Two-tiered architecture
  • Over 120k users in single pool
  • Central SQL database stores user data
  • Authenticated identity via AD
  • Scale out
  • With additional EE servers
  • Remote user access
  • No VPN required
  • Federate outside firewalls
  • Via access proxy
  • For higher availability
  • Front end fail-over support
  • Optional SQL clustering

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Agenda
  • Introduction
  • Introducing Live Communications Server
  • Different versions and editions
  • Server side
  • Client side
  • Integration with
  • Microsoft Sharepoint Products and Technologies
  • Microsoft Exchange Server and Active Directory
  • Microsoft Office Live Meeting

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Server Roles
  • Front-End architecture components (home server)
  • Standard Edition Server
  • Enterprise Edition Server
  • Other Roles
  • Director
  • Enterprise Pool
  • Hardware Load Balancer
  • Front-End Servers
  • SQL Back-End Server
  • Access Proxy
  • Branch Proxy
  • Archiving Service
  • Address Book Service

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Server Roles
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Access Proxy
  • Enables federation
  • Ability of your organizations users to
    communicate with users in another organization
  • Enables public IM connectivity
  • Ability to connect to public IM service providers
    (MSN, AOL, Yahoo!)
  • Enables remote user access
  • Ability of your organizations users to connect
    to internal LCS from an external location
  • Designed to operate in the perimeter network
  • Does not require or communicate to Active
    Directory
  • Does not authenticate users

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Director
  • Routes (directs) clients to their home server
  • Authenticates and authorizes remote clients (the
    enterprises own users connecting from outside the
    firewall using the Access proxy)
  • Not used to home any users

27
Microsoft SQL Server
  • Provides a highly-available back-end database to
    store
  • User presence
  • Routing information
  • Contact information
  • Supports clustering and locating data files on
    SANs

28
Proxy
  • Provides a platform for customizing deployment
    and developing applications
  • While static routing rules can be configured,
    complex routing rules can be written by using
    MSPL (Microsoft SIP Processing Language) or by
    using managed code (such as C, C)

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Archiving Service
  • Enables companies to conform to corporate or
    government policies that require the retention of
    instant messaging communications
  • Consists of a server that contains archived
    instant message conversations or usage data for
    users configured for archiving
  • Must be enabled on each LCS hosting users that
    you want to archive

30
Address Book Service
  • Provides global address list information from
    Active Directory to Microsoft Office Communicator
    2005
  • Performs phone number normalization for
    Communicator telephony integration

31
Deployment Sequence
Prepare Active Directory
Install and Configure LCS, Standard or Enterprise
Edition
Install an archiving server (optional)
Enable client connectivity (configure DNS if
necessary)
Install an Access Proxy for Federation or Outside
User Access (optional)
Deploy a Director for use by the Access Proxy
(optional)
Deploy a Proxy for Branch Office Access (optional)
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Determine your deployment path
  • New deployment or upgrade?
  • Do you require
  • High availability?
  • Archiving?
  • Outside user access, federation or public IM
    connectivity?
  • Support for branch offices not connected to the
    corporate network?
  • Microsoft Office LCS 2005 Sp1 Capacity Planning
    Tookit (available for download _at_ Microsoft
    Download Center)

33
Deployment Methods
  • Setup Deployment Tool
  • Explains tasks
  • Provides tips about permissions and prerequisites
  • Includes warnings
  • Uses task wizards
  • Command-line tools
  • LcsCmd.exe
  • LCServer.msi
  • SqlSetup.exe

34
License Pricing and Licensing Programs
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Agenda
  • Introduction
  • Introducing Live Communications Server
  • Different versions and editions
  • Server side
  • Client side
  • Integration with
  • Microsoft Sharepoint Products and Technologies
  • Microsoft Exchange Server and Active Directory
  • Microsoft Office Live Meeting

36
Supported Clients
  • Windows Messenger 5.0
  • Microsoft Messenger 5.0 for Mac
  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2005
  • Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access

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Windows Messenger 5.0
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Microsoft Office Communicator 2005
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Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access
  • Released end 2005
  • Browser based instant messaging and presence
    client for Microsoft Office Live Communications
    Server 2005 SP1, with a look and feel similar to
    Microsoft Office Communicator 2005
  • Available for download at the Microsoft Download
    Center

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Design principles capabilities
  • Design Principles
  • Intuitive and in-context user experience
  • Integrated into enterprise infrastructure
  • Enable reach to a wider range of Information
    workers
  • Ease of deployment and management
  • Core Capabilities
  • Rich IM and presence delivered via a web browser
  • Unique IM features to ensure ease of use in a
    browser environment
  • Alignment with server scalability goals
  • Broad base of browser clients supported

42
Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access (contd)
  • System Requirements
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0
  • Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005
    with SP1

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Communicator Web Access Topology
  • Can be located on Live Communications Server
    machines or on a separate IIS server
  • Communicator Web Access implements a scalable
    solution that provides DHTML UI to thousands of
    browsers, and interacts with the server in a
    similar way to Windows Messenger / Communicator

HTTPS
SIP
Live Communications Server 2005 Environment
Communicator Web Access server infrastructure
Web Clients
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Agenda
  • Introduction
  • Introducing Live Communications Server
  • Different versions and editions
  • Server side
  • Client side
  • Integration with
  • Microsoft Sharepoint Products and Technologies
  • Microsoft Exchange Server and Active Directory
  • Microsoft Office Live Meeting

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Microsoft Sharepoint Products and Technologies
  • Presence, IM, and Web Conferencing in Outlook,
    Word, SharePoint, etc.
  • Enabling higher productivity from users favorite
    applications

47
Microsoft Sharepoint Products and Technologies
(contd)
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Microsoft Exchange Server and Active Directory
  • Best supported when using Office Communicator
    2005
  • Free/busy and Out of Office information

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Microsoft Office Live Meeting
  • Live Meeting enables you to collaborate online
    with colleagues, customers, and partners in real
    time, between either individuals or large
    groupswith just a PC, and an Internet connection
  • Register today for a free trial!
    http//www.microsoft.com/office/livemeeting/

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Office Live MeetingIntegrated with PowerPoint
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Office Live Meeting
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Thank you for your attention!
  • Ilse Van Criekinge
  • Exchange Trainer Consultant
  • (Azlan Training)
  • ilse_at_vancriekinge.com
  • www.Pro-Exchange.be

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Resources
  • Live Communications Server Home Page
  • http//www.microsoft.com/livecomm
  • Live Communications Server Deployment Resources
  • http//office.microsoft.com/en-us/FX011450741033.
    aspx
  • Whitepapers
  • Newsgroups

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The Connected Generation
  • 7 8 March 2006
  • ICC Gent
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