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Overview of the Office Groove System

Groove Server 2007

Updated: April 1, 2008

Applies To: Groove Server 2007

Updated: 2008-04-01

Microsoft® Office Groove® Server 2007 is a Windows-based software package that provides comprehensive services for managing Microsoft Office Groove. Office Groove Server 2007 contains three components: Groove Server Manager, Groove Server Relay, and Groove Server Data Bridge, any of which can be installed on Windows servers in a corporate network.

Microsoft Office Groove, in its simplest form, allows two or more people to share and synchronize data on their PCs using a variety of productivity tools. Using a Groove workspace on their PCs, information workers can collaborate in real time. Members of a workspace may work interactively to assemble information, discuss plans, schedule meetings, track results, jointly produce reports, store files, and converse through online chat or instant messages. Additionally, team members may perform tasks offline and then synchronize the results with others when they go back online. When a project is finished, they can archive their work by linking to an Office SharePoint site.

To sustain communications in the dynamic and increasingly diverse conditions of today's networks, Groove Relay servers are employed which provide data store-and-forwarding, message fanout, device presence detection, and other services that enable timely information exchange regardless of corporate firewalls, weak communications links, internet traffic conditions, or client online/offline status. In a managed Groove environment, enterprises can obtain dedicated relay support by installing Groove Server 2007 onsite, or they can employ Groove Enterprise Services to avoid the burden of server administration and maintenance.

Groove Server 2007 supplies organizations with onsite Groove Server Manager and Groove Server Relay functionality, providing Groove management and relay services, respectively. It also offers the optional Groove Server Data Bridge to integrate Groove workspace backup service into your system.

Groove Server Manager (Groove Manager henceforth) component of Office Groove Server enables administrative control of Groove clients. Groove administrators and clients communicate with Groove Manager via its Web site, which provides both an administrative interface and a base for client contact. The site’s administrative Web interface allows for server management, and enables domain administrators to govern Groove usage via the distribution of policies and relay server assignments.

Designed for IT professionals responsible for managing collaboration software, this document set also presents important considerations for deployment so that, upon completion, readers should have a sufficient understanding of the Office Groove environment to develop an optimal deployment plan for their organization, as described in Deployment for Office Groove Server 2007. This section describes how Groove addresses the challenges of remote collaboration, providing conceptual information about Groove client-server operation which can then be used as a foundation for planning a deployment.

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