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SBS 2003 intranet instant-message

twgonder asked
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
I'm bring up a new SBS 2003 on DELL, preconfigured.  The user does not have internet access.  The clients are running XP Pro.  The IP addresses are static for all clients and the server.

The users want to instatnt message each other with the installed XP messenger.  The decault tries to go to the .NET server.  Does Exchange on SBS support local messaging?  Does anything special have to be set up on the server and/or the clients?
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You will have to get Microsoft's Office Live Communications Server.

Exchange customers with Software Assurance are entitled to receive Office Live Communications Server at no additional charge. If you have Software Assurance, [which you totally should because it is worth the money!] contact your account representative [or me <wink!>] for additional information.

This is in no way to suggest that I am unhappy that you have accepted my question and awarded me the points, I am just curious as to why you only gave me a B grade? The information I gave you was accurate and uncontested-- I've posted supporting links below. And I offered to give you additional information if you needed.

The fact is that Exchange 2003 no longer supports Instant Messaging as Exchange 2000 once did so that MS could make room for their new product for "real time collaboration".


Check the "Collaboration" heading:

At any rate, thank you for your consideration and best of luck!

<remember, I am not bitter, just curious...>


Wait a minute, what is it about Exchange that this link is referring to?


Does the SBS version support IM?

This is a link for the messenger client download.

In Exchange 2000, clients were able to connect to the Exchange server, if it were configured as such, and use it for internal instant messaging. This functionality was removed from Exchanger Server 2003. Since SBS2003 runs Exchange Server 2003, no it does not support IM without the addition of Microsoft's Office Live Communications Server.


OK, I'm getting it.  If this was a new install, and not an upgrade of SBS, then does the Software Assurance still provide Microsoft's Office Live Communications Server.  Where can we learn more about this program and the cost?
No, unfortunately, SA would only let you get it if you were already an Exchange customer. Going forward though, you should make all of your purchases via Open Value Licensing! It's a great deal.

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