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Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Planning Guide

Communications Server 2007 R2

Topic Last Modified: 2009-11-20

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 offers instant messaging (IM), presence, Web conferencing, audio/video (A/V) conferencing, and telephony solutions that can support enterprise-level collaboration requirements. Office Communications Server 2007 R2 builds on the IM, enhanced presence, on-premises conferencing, and Enterprise Voice features that are provided by Office Communications Server 2007, providing chat room as well as additional IM, conferencing, and telephony functionality, such as interactive voice response (IVR) and conferencing auto-attendant. For details about what’s new in this release, see the Getting Started documentation.

The Office Communications Server 2007 R2 planning phase is the phase during which you decide what you want to deploy in your organization and how to deploy it. The planning topics in this section describe how to plan for a smooth, successful Office Communications Server 2007 R2 deployment for organizations of all sizes and levels of complexity, from large, geographically dispersed global enterprises to small, local businesses. You can use the planning information in this section, as well as the Planning Tool for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 that shipped with your installation media, to help you map your organization’s requirements to the Office Communications Server features and functionality that are appropriate for your organization.

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You can download the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Planning Guide as a Word file from the Microsoft Download Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=151919.

The planning topics for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 include the following:

  • Introduction to Planning for Office Communications Server 2007 R2. Provides overviews of the planning process and the Planning Tool that is available in this release to facilitate planning.
  • Evaluating Your Organization's Solution Requirements. Provides information to help you evaluate individual requirements that your organization might have and determine the features and functionality that you want to deploy to meet those requirements.
  • Designing Your Solution. Provides information to help you create an initial topology design for your organization and identify the individual components that you need to meet your organization’s requirements. The remaining topics in this document provide additional information to help you complete your topology design and finalize the identification of the required components for your solution.
  • Determining Your Infrastructure Requirements. Describes infrastructure requirements for deploying Office Communications Server 2007 R2.
  • Planning for Internal Deployment of Office Communications Server 2007 R2. Describes the requirements and options for deploying your internal server and client components for Office Communications Server 2007 R2.
  • Planning for External User Access. Describes the requirements and options for deploying support for external user access, including remote users, federated domain users, and users of public IM providers.
  • Planning for Voice. Describes the requirements and options for deploying a voice solution, including Enterprise Voice, integration of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging, call management, and Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Phone Edition.
  • Planning for Mobile Access. Describes the requirements and options for deploying support for mobile clients, including Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Windows Mobile, Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Java, and Outside Voice Control.
  • Next Steps: Starting Deployment. Provides links to the deployment documents for Office Communications Server 2007 R2, including those for specific features.

Other documentation for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 includes the following:

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