Friday, December 28, 2007

Bill Gates on how he uses UC

In a recent post on how he uses Office 2007 Bill Gates had the following to say about Unified Communications:

A great thing is that all my voice mail, faxes, and even instant messages are sent to my Outlook Inbox using our unified communications technology. Another important feature of unified communications that we have integrated into Office applications is presence and identity. That means I can always tell at a glance whether the person I need to get in touch with is available or not.

For more, see: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HA102402071033.aspx

Back from a blogging break.

I've taken a week or two off slogging and have even been neglecting my feeds & email. Initially this was due to the end of year rush at work, but then it was a conscious choice to get some family time over the Christmas period.

It has been fantastic and I feel rested and energised - well as much is one can with a newborn in the house.

Seasons greetings one and all - I'm bracing myself for a big year!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Getting presence on Catalina other communicator devices

When we first got our hands on a Catalina Communicator Phone we plugged it in and it worked straight away as an audio device, but it did not work as expected.  The presence indicator did not light up, picking up the handset did not answer an inbound call and placing it back in the cradle did not end a call in progress.

I searched around for an answer and came up dry.  We figured it out in the end, but when I came across a new MS blogger today I discovered that his very first post was on this issue.

On http://www.microsoft.com/uc/partners_hardware.mspx you will find a number of devices, which have been optimized for Office Communicator 2007. Being optimized for Office Communicator 2007 means that the device implements a number of features, including wide band audio, presence state icon and Human Interface Devices (HID) commands like mute, speaker phone, off-hook etc.

However, even if the device you are using implements these features, they might not work for you when using Office Communicator 2007. The reason is most likely that you are not enabled for Enterprise Voice in OCS 2007.

The subsequent post have me convinced - a blog worth adding to the feed list.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

ActiveSync Policy Settings in Exchange 2007 SP1

There are a bunch of great new policy settings for Mobile devices in Exchange 2007 SP1.  The table below - from the MS Exchange Team Blog - shows the features in RTM, SP1 with a Standard CAL and SP1 with an Enterprise CAL.

Policy Settings for Exchange ActiveSync:

Settings

Ex2007 RTM

Ex2007 SP1
STANDARD CAL

Ex2007 SP1
ENTERPRISE CAL

Password Required

x

X

X

Min Password Length

X

X

X

Alphanumeric Password

X

X

X

Inactivity Timeout

X

X

X

Max Failed Password Attempts

X

X

X

Policy Refresh Interval

X

X

X

Allow non-provisionable devices

X

X

X

Attachments Enabled

X

X

X

Storage Card Encryption

X

X

X

Password Recovery Enabled

X

X

X

Allow Simple Device Password

X

X

X

Max Attachment Size

X

X

X

WSS Access Enabled

X

X

X

UNC Access Enabled

X

X

X

Password Expiration

X

X

X

Password History

X

X

X

Require Manual Sync When Roaming

 

X

X

Min Device Pwd Complex Characters

 

X

X

Max Calendar Age Filter

 

X

X

Allow HTML Email

 

X

X

Max Email Age Filter

 

X

X

Max Email Body Truncation Size

 

X

X

Max Email HTML Body Truncation Size

 

X

X

Require Signed SMIME Messages

 

X

X

Require Encrypted SMIME Messages

 

X

X

Require Signed SMIME Algorithm

 

X

X

Require Encryption SMIME Algorithm

 

X

X

Allow SMIME Encryption Algorithm Negotiation

 

X

X

Allow SMIME Soft Certs

 

X

X

Require Device Encryption

 

X

X

Allow Storage Card

 

 

X

Allow Camera

 

 

X

Allow Unsigned Applications

 

 

X

Allow Unsigned Installation Packages

 

 

X

Allow Wi-Fi

 

 

X

Allow Text Messaging

 

 

X

Allow POP/IMAP Email

 

 

X

Allow Bluetooth

 

 

X

Allow IrDA

 

 

X

Allow Desktop Sync

 

 

X

Allow Browser

 

 

X

Allow Consumer Email

 

 

X

Allow Remote Desktop

 

 

X

Allow Internet Sharing

 

 

X

Unapproved InROM Application List

 

 

X

Approved Application List

 

 

X

Other features in the Service Pack will include being able to configure a default Exchange ActiveSync policy and Remote Wipe Confirmation.  Check out the full post for more information.