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I need some help with Live Communicator Server and Sharepoint services.  I really have no experience with either and need some help directing me in the right direction.  I currently have 6 servers 2 of which are dedicated to particular applications, so they are out of the equation, leaving me with 4 usable servers.

One server is set up as a DC. one as a back-end Exchange server, one as a front-end PRC Exchange server.  That leaves me with one more server that is not assigned a particular role.

I want to get Sharepoint and Live Communication Server installed, as well as having a FTP server.  I have never used Communication server before and have never used Sharepoint from and administrative standpoint.  

Can anyone suggest how I should set everything up?  Am I fine with the amount of servers that I have or do i need more?  Can Sharepoint be installed on the RPC server?

I am open to any suggestions.
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you can get away with one server for OCS, if your not going to use any of the addtional features, such as VOIP integration, edge services (ie federation) or archiving. This really depends on the size of your org and what you want to get out of OCS. If you only want internal IM/Videp/Audio/Live meetings... and its for a small number of users (or a non-HA scenario) one standard edition server would be fine.

Sharepoint, again, you can get away with putting sharepoint on one server, but it depends on how your using it and how many users will be hitting it.

I wouldnt co-locate the two on the same box.

So yer, the short answer - one server each for sharepoint and OCS.

The long answer - you really need to give us more details on what you're doing with each of them to give better advice.
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by:ryan80
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Im sorry I should have given more information as to the size of the company.  We are a small company.  Currently 5 people, and I wouldnt worry about growth over 10 people in the next 3-4 years.  So we will not be putting much demand on the hardware.

I want to have OCS so I can work remotely, and Sharepoint is more for having access to documents without having a VPN.
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ok, so if it was me, i'd set up one server with hyper-V, then have a couple of virtuals on it running OCS and sharepoint - since it is such a small amount of users.

This does not change the fact that you CANNOT co-locate the OCS roles... so if you decide to use edge services or integrate with a voip system, you will need an additonal (probably virtual) server.
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