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    I'm looking to get OCS 2007 R2 installed. As of now I have Exchange 2007 No SP installed. I have a 2003 Domain up and running.

    Can I install OCS server as a VM in Hyper-V?

    What would the Pro's and Cons setting OCS as a VM? I'm only looking to use the chat function for our users.

    If I want users to be able to use OCS outside our network would they have to VPN into our network or would it work like Outlook anywhere so users do not need to VPN into the office?

    Would I need a front end server facing the web if I wanted users to have OCS access from home without a connecting into our network?

    I know VPN is the most secure way for users to use OCS but I need to have both options.

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    Re: OCS questions

    OCS can definitely be run from a Hyper-V install. Not sure if it's best practice, but it can certainly be done.
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/ucedsg/ar...ouncement.aspx
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/a...alization.aspx

    How many users do you have?

    OCS can be used externally. There's even some beta OCS clients for Android out there.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...ffice.13).aspx
    Last edited by Wired; 9th May 2011, 16:30.
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    • #3
      Re: OCS questions

      Originally posted by Wired View Post
      OCS can definitely be run from a Hyper-V install. Not sure if it's best practice, but it can certainly be done.
      http://blogs.technet.com/b/ucedsg/ar...ouncement.aspx
      http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/a...alization.aspx

      How many users do you have?

      OCS can be used externally. There's even some beta OCS clients for Android out there.

      http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd425168(office.13).aspx

      Wired Thank you bud. I have only 40 users that would use OCS. I was doing some reading about setting up OCS and it's talking about forest prep and domain prep. I'm a little worried about that being I have a 2000 and 2003 domain. Do you see this being an issue?

      Also I know you need to have a Cert to setup the OCS server. Can I get away with creating my own Cert from my OCS server?
      Last edited by Wired; 9th May 2011, 16:30.

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      • #4
        Re: OCS questions

        I don't know. OCS was already set up in a couple of Hyper-Vs when I started this job
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