Configure Users for Federation, Public IM Connectivity, and Remote User Access

Communications Server 2007 R2

Topic Last Modified: 2009-07-20

You enable federation, public instant messaging (IM) connectivity, and remote user access for specific users to control the methods that users can use to communicate with external users.

The following procedure covers how to configure individual users for federation, public IM connectivity, and remote access. You can also configure a group of users by right-clicking Users or the organizational unit (OU) containing the user accounts, and then clicking Configure Communications Users.
If you are running Windows Server 2008, you must use a server with the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) role installed to do this procedure. For details, see Active Directory Domain Services at

  1. Log on as a member of the RTCUniversalServerAdmins group to an Enterprise Edition server or a server that is a member of an Active Directory domain and that has the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 administrative tools installed.

  2. Open the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in: Click Start, click All Programs, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.

  3. In the console tree, expand the domain, then click the Users container or the other OU that contains the user account for which you want to enable federation, public IM connectivity, or remote user access, right-click the user account name, and then click Properties.

  4. On the Communications tab, next to Additional options, click Configure.

  5. In User Options, under Federation, do the following:

    • To enable the user account for federation, select the Enable Federation check box.
    • To enable user account for remote access, select the Enable remote user access check box.
    • To enable the user account for public IM connectivity, select the Enable public IM connectivity check box.
  6. Click OK, and then click OK again.

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