Overview of Groove Deployment


Updated: April 1, 2008

Applies To: Groove Server 2007

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Topic Last Modified: 2016-11-14

Microsoft® Office Groove® is a client-based software application designed to provide a dependable collaboration setting for information workers in a wide range of environments - corporate, small business, or nonprofit; at the office, en route, or in-the-field. Groove relay servers help make this possible by supporting virtual peer-to-peer connectivity regardless of network interruptions, heavy traffic, or client online status.

Because collaboration is often a loose, spontaneous, ad hoc, and sometimes 'edge-based' activity, it requires oversight in an enterprise, where compatibility with existing network infrastructure and compliance with corporate security standards are imperative. Office Groove Server Manager is a Web-accessed server application that provides comprehensive services for managing Groove clients in a broad range of enterprise environments. In conjunction with Groove Server Relay which provides onsite relay services, the Manager application enables oversight of Groove relay services. Both applications, Manager and Relay, are included with the Groove Server product.

Groove Server Manager and Relay run on server machines at a company site. For organizations that do not want the overhead of managing onsite servers, Groove Enterprise Services offers comparable Microsoft-hosted management and relay services. The choice of whether to support onsite servers, or to engage Groove Enterprise Services, depends on an organization's management requirements and available resources. If servers are installed onsite, corporate directory server integration may be employed to further automate Groove management and play a part in establishing an efficient, customized, and secure collaboration framework.

This document set is designed for IT managers responsible for an enterprise-wide deployment of Groove clients and servers, presenting an approach that involves the following major steps:

  • Choosing a deployment topology

  • Preparing the site for deployment

  • Installing and configuring Groove servers

  • Defining Groove management domains

  • Deploying Groove clients

Upon completion, readers should be able to plan and implement a successful Groove deployment.

  The guidelines in this document set assume familiarity with the content of Planning and Architecture for Office Groove Server 2007.