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Create and Enable Users for Office Communications Server

Communications Server 2007 R2

Topic Last Modified: 2009-04-28

For users to access the features and functions that are provided by Office Communications Server, you need to create and configure user accounts for Office Communications Server. This topic includes the information you need to create and configure user accounts.

You create user accounts in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).

To create user accounts
  1. Log on as a member of the DomainAdmins group to a server that is joined to an Active Directory domain that has the Office Communications Server administrative tools installed.

  2. Click Start, and then click Run.

  3. In the Open box, type dsa.msc, and then press ENTER.

  4. Right-click the Users container or another container where you want to create your users, click New, and then click User.

  5. Complete the New Object - User Wizard.

After you create users in Active Directory, enable the users so that they can connect to Office Communications Server. Office Communications Server provides the infrastructure to enable client applications to publish and subscribe to extended, or enhanced, presence information. The enhanced presence infrastructure includes categories and containers. Categories are collections of presence information, such as status, location, or calendar state. Containers are logical buckets into which clients group instances of various categories of presence information for publication to other users, depending on what a user wants the others to be able to see. When you enable users for Office Communications Server 2007 R2, they are automatically enabled for enhanced presence. You cannot reverse this setting.

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If you enable enhanced presence for a user and the user signs in to Office Communications Server by using the Office Communicator 2007 R2 client, the user account is converted to use enhanced presence. The user will then no longer be able to sign in to Live Communications Server 2005 with SP1 and cannot use any versions of Communicator prior to Communicator 2007, including Communicator Web Access (2005 release) or Communicator Mobile (2005 release), to sign in.
If you are deploying Office Communications Server 2007 R2 in an environment with Live Communications Server 2005 with SP1 or Office Communications Server 2007 servers, see the Supported Migration Paths and Coexistence Scenarios in the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Supported Topologies and Infrastructure Requirements documentation.
To enable users for Office Communications Server
  1. Log on as a member of the RTCUniversalUserAdmins group to an Office Communications Server or another server that is joined to an Active Directory domain that has the Office Communications Server 2007 administrative tools installed.

  2. Click Start, and then click Run.

  3. In the Open box, type dsa.msc, and then click OK.

  4. Navigate to the Users folder or other organization unit where your users reside.

  5. For each user whom you want to enable for Office Communications Server, right-click the user name, and then click Enable users for Communications Server.

  6. On the Welcome to the Enable Office Communications Server Users Wizard page, click Next.

  7. On the Select Server or Pool page, select the server from the list, and then click Next.

  8. On the Specify Sign-in Name page, specify how to generate the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) address by doing one of the following:

    • To generate the SIP address from the user’s e-mail address, click Use user’s e-mail address. Select this option only if you have configured an e-mail address for your users.
    • To generate the SIP address from the user’s principal name, click Use userPrincipalName.
    • To generate the SIP address using the user’s full name, click Use the format: <first name>.<lastname>@, and then select the Office Communications Server domain.
    • To generate the SIP address using the user’s SAM account, click Use the format: <SAMAccountName>@, and then select the Office Communications Server domain.
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      If you need to configure SIP addresses using a different format from the options presented, you can enable users individually or use the Office Communications Server 2007 Software Development Kit to enable a group of users.
  9. Click Next.

  10. Verify settings, and then click Next.

  11. Verify that the user or users were enabled successfully, and then click Finish.

To create a mailbox for the users to receive Web conference invitations, see the Microsoft Exchange Server documentation.

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