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Office Communicator 2007 Group Policy Settings

Communications Server 2007

One way to provide the appropriate registry settings for each user when deploying Office Communicator 2007 is to define Group Policies using an administrative template (.adm) file. Administrative template files contain specific information about which Group Policies the application implements, where policies are stored, and how to configure policies.

  1. Copy the Communicator.adm file from your distribution disk to the %windir%/inf folder.

  2. Use the Microsoft Management Console Group Policy Object Editor to enable or disable specific policy settings.

Some Communicator 2007 features and behaviors can be configured by the administrator using Office Communications Server 2007 in-band provisioning, or by the user through the Communicator 2007 Options dialog box. However, Group Policies take precedence over both of these methods.

Table 12 summarizes the order in which settings take precedence when a conflict occurs.

Table 12.   Order of precedence for Group Policies, in-band provisioning, and Options dialog box settings

Precedence Location or Method of Setting

1

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Communicator

2

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Communicator

3

Office Communications Server 2007 in-band provisioning

4

Communicator 2007 Options dialog box

You can deploy Communicator 2007 Group Policies without affecting users who are running Communicator 2005. This section discusses the differences and similarities between Communicator 2007 Group Policies and the Group Policies used in Communicator 2005.

Changes and additions are summarized in the following tables.

  • New Group Policies
  • Changed or Superseded Polices
  • Obsolete Communicator 2005 policies
  • Policies unchanged in Communicator 2007

The primary reference for current Group Policies is the Office Communicator 2007: Communicator 2007 Policies Documentation, which contains a full definition and values for each policy.

Table 13.   New Group Policies

Policy Name Definition

AutoDiscoveryRetryInterval

Set time interval to retry a failed automatic connection to the server.

CalendarStatePublicationInterval

Frequency of updates to presence from Outlook Calendar.

CallLogAutoArchivingPolicy

Controls saving of call logs to the Outlook Conversation History folder.

ConfiguredServerCheckValues

List of additional servers for logging on.

CustomStateURL

Configure up to four custom presence states.

DGRefreshPeriod

Interval for updating distribution groups from the address book.

DGUrlExternal

External address book location.

DGUrlInternal

Internal address book location.

DisableAVConferencing

Supersedes DisableVideo. (See also DisablePC2PCVideo.)

DisableCalendarPresence

Disables the loading of free or busy data from the Outlook messaging and collaboration client, and prevents this data from being published. (Replaces DisableCalendarState.)

DisableConversationWindowTabs

Disable display of custom Conversation window extensions.

DisableDataConferencing

(Replaces DisableCollaborationApps.)

DisableEmailComparisonCheck

Disable comparison of SMTP address with Outlook user profile.

DisableFederatedPromptDisplayName

Show the sign-in name or SIP address of federated contacts.

DisableFreeBusyInfo

Controls display of free or busy status from Outlook.

DisableHttpConnect

Disable the HTTP connection fallback option.

DisableICE

Affects the ability to establish voice or video calls behind a firewall or Network Address Translation (NAT) layer.

DisableMeetingSubjectAndLocation

Prevents Communicator from publishing the subject and location information of a meeting. This value is not used if DisableCalendarPresence is set, or if the Update my status based on calendar data option on the Personal tab is not set.

DisableOneNote12Integration

Shows or hides the OneNote 2007 command in the Conversation window.

DisableOnlineContextualSearch

Removes the Find Previous Conversations command and disables display of the previous conversations.

DisablePC2PCVideo

Disables peer-to-peer video calls. Supersedes DisableVideo. (See also DisableAVConferencing.)

DisablePICPromptDisplayName

Controls the display of the sign-in name or SIP address of public internet connectivity (PIC) contacts.

DisableRTFIM

Disables rich text in instant messages.

DisableServerCheck

Controls the sign-in check for server name and version.

DisableSimultaneousRinging

Disables the Unified Communications Enterprise Voice feature Simultaneously Ring an Additional Number.

EnableAppearOffline

Users can choose Appear Offline from the Presence menu.

EnableEventLogging

Turns on logging of certain errors to the Windows Event log, and disables the user interface for this feature.

EnableSQMData

(Replaces CEIP.) Enables the Customer Improvement Program option and disables the user interface for this feature.

EnableStrictDNSNaming

(Replaces DisableStrictDNSNaming.) Controls how Communicator interacts with SIP servers that have non-standard FQDNs.

EnableTracing

Creates a log for troubleshooting signaling failures, and disables the user interface for this feature.

ExUMEnabled

Identify user account as enabled for voice mail.

IMAutoArchivingPolicy

Controls archiving of instant messages to the Outlook 2007 Conversation History folder, and disables the user interface for this feature.

LocationProfile

Configures a user's default location profile.

MapiPollInterval

Frequency of loading calendar data from MAPI.

MRASServerURI

Location of the Media Relay Access server.

msRTCLine

Line information for Unified Communications Enterprise Voice.

NotificationsForNewSubscribers

Controls notifications received when a user is added to another user's contact list, and disables the user interface for this feature.

TelephonyMode

Configures telephony for Communicator 2007.

VoicemailURI

Location of custom voice mail server.

WebServicePollInterval

Frequency of loading calendar data from the Web services provider.

Table 14 lists the policies that have been changed or superseded in this release.

Table 14.   Changed or Superseded Policies

Title Definition

CEIP

See EnableSQMData.

DisableCollaborationApps

See DisableDataConferencing.

DisablePC2PCAudio

See TelephonyMode.

DisableStrictDNSNaming

See EnableStrictDNSNaming.

DisableVideo

See DisablePC2PCVideo and DisableAVConferencing.

Table 15 lists Communicator 2005 policies that are no longer used.

Table 15.   Obsolete Communicator 2005 Policies

ConfigurationMode/MaximumNumberOfExtensions

ConfigurationMode/PBXPhoneDomain

DisableCRLChecking

DisableLiveMeetingIntegration

EnableConferencingService

EnablePC2Phone (superseded by TelephonyMode)

EnablePhoneControl (superseded by TelephonyMode)

EnableRemoteAssistance

PortRange/MinMediaPort

PortRange/MinSipDynamicPort

Table 16 lists policies that have not changed in Communicator 2007.

Table 16.   Policies Unchanged in Communicator 2007

ABSInsideURL

ABSOutsideURL

ABSUseFallback

AllowUnencryptedFileTransfer

BlockIMFromFederatedContacts

ConfigurationMode

DisableEmoticons

DisableFileTransfer

DisableInkIM

DisableNTCredentials

DisablePresenceNote

DisableSavingIM

EnableSIPHighSecurityMode

EnableUPNP

EnableURL

HelpMenu

HelpMenuText

HelpMenuURL

IMWarning

MaxAudioVideoBitrate

MaximumNumberOfContacts

PC2PCAVEncryption

PortRange/Enabled

PortRange/MaxMediaPort

PortRange/MaxSipDynamicPort

PreventRun

SavePassword

TabURL

TourLaunch

TourLaunch /TourURL

TourLaunch/TourLaunchMode

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