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Administrative Tools Overview

Communications Server 2007 R2

Topic Last Modified: 2009-05-18

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 provides dedicated administrative tools.

To manage Office Communications Server 2007 R2, you can do either of the following:

  • Install the administrative tools on any server on which Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and its components are installed.
  • Install the administrative tools on a separate computer, such as a centralized administration console on which Office Communications Server 2007 R2 is not installed.
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The Office Communications Server administrative tools are no longer installed automatically on servers running Office Communications Server, but you can install the tools by using the same Deployment Wizard that you use to install Office Communications Server 2007 R2. The exception is the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat Server Configuration Tool, which is installed by default on each computer running Group Chat Server or the Group Chat Compliance service.

The following table describes the tools available for administering Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and its components.

Table 1. Administrative Tools

Tool Description Availability and use

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 snap-in

A Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that is the primary administrative tool for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 servers in an Active Directory domain.

Available on any other computer in the domain on which the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 administrative tools are installed. It cannot be used to manage Edge Servers, Proxy Servers, or other computers not in the domain. Use it to view and configure Office Communications Server 2007 R2 pools, servers, and users, including the settings for the servers and users on Standard Edition servers and in Enterprise pools that are in the Active Directory forest.

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 management components for Active Directory Users and Computers

Additional functionality for management of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 servers in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). It is required for initially enabling each user for Office Communications Server. You can also use it for managing user settings for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 users in the domain, based on the organizational unit (OU) or folder in which they reside, by using the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.

Available in Active Directory Users and Computers on computers on which the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 administrative tools are installed, but can be used only if the server is in a domain.

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 snap-in extension for the Computer Management console

An MMC snap-in that is the primary tool for management of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 servers that are not in an Active Directory domain, such as Edge Servers in the perimeter network, as well as Proxy Servers.

Available on any computer on which the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 administrative tools are installed. On the local computer, only server-level settings can be managed with this snap-in extension. If the local computer is not running Office Communications Server 2007 R2, you can use Computer Management to connect to an Office Communications Server 2007 R2 server and then use the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 snap-in extension to manage the server-level settings of that computer.

The 2007 R2 version of Communicator Web Access snap-in

An MMC snap-in that is the primary administrative tool for Communicator Web Access.

Available on any server in the domain on which the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 administrative tools are installed.

Response Group Service snap-in

An MMC snap-in that is the primary administrative tool for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 servers.

Available in the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 snap-in.

Response Group Configuration Tool

A Web-based tool that is used to create and manage Response Groups.

Installed with the Web Components Server or Standard Edition server. Any computer that is in the same forest as the server that is running the Response Group Service can use the Internet Explorer Internet browser to access the Response Group Configuration Tool.

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat Administration Tool

A Group Chat tool to create categories and chat rooms, define their scope and membership, create federated users and groups, manage how users can use the chat rooms, and specify which users are administrators and managers.

Can be installed on any computer in the domain available for installation of the Group Chat Administration Tool.

Group Chat Server Configuration Tool

A Group Chat tool to start, stop, and configure Group Chat Servers, configure the Group Chat database, manage compliance, and set logging levels.

Available on any server running Group Chat Server or the Compliance service.

LCSCmd.exe

A command-line tool used to prepare Active Directory Domain Services, create Enterprise pools, perform XML-based logging, manage permissions, and install, activate, check the status of, or deactivate servers, as well as to perform backup and restoration operations for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 servers and Enterprise pools.

Available on any computer in the domain on which the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 administrative tools are installed.

This tool is used initially for Active Directory preparation, and then for ongoing backup and restoration operations, so it is not covered in this documentation. For details about how to use this tool for Active Directory preparation and other command-line management tasks, see Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Active Directory Guide in the Deployment documentation and the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Command Line Reference Guide in the Reference documentation.

RGSCOT.exe

A command-line tool used to create and manage Response Group Service Contact objects.

Available on any server in the domain on which the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 administrative tools are installed.

In addition to the administrative tools described in the table, you can use Windows Management Instrumentation Tester (WBEMTest), which ships with the Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 operating systems, to modify Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) settings. Run the WBEMTest tool on any computer on which Office Communications Server 2007 R2 is installed. This guide includes specific procedures for using WBEMTest to change WMI settings. For details about WBEMTest, see "Using WBEMTest user interface" at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=139797.

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The Group Chat and Communicator Web Access tools listed in the table are described in separate administration documentation. For details about administering Group Chat and Communicator Web Access, see the Administering Group Chat documentation and the Communicator Web Access (2007 R2 Release) Administration Guide documentation.

Installation of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 administrative tools on a computer that is not running Office Communications Server 2007 R2 requires using an account that is a member of the Administrators group (or an account with equivalent privileges).

Using administrative tools requires the following:

  • To administer user account settings, an account that is a member of the RTCUniversalUserAdmins group, or an account with equivalent privileges.
  • For all other Office Communications Server 2007 R2 administration tasks, an account that is a member of the RTCUniversalServerAdmins group, or an account with equivalent privileges.
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