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need assistance adding external IM functionality to our OCS 2007 install

can someone provide instructions as to the best way to enable our OCS 2007 R2 server to accept external IM recipient addresses such as: yahoo.com / hotmail.com / gmail.com / aim.com etc

We currently have OCS 2007 R2 Std edition installed internally in our company, and works great. now users are requesting the ability to add external IM contacts and would like to chat with them through the Office Communicator client.

thx in advance,

S.
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BusbarCommented:
first you will need to purchase an external IM license from Microsoft, once has been done you will need to purchas and external certificate from a 3rd party CA like godaddy and configure it on your OCS server, once has been done you are on the way.
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MohammadSaeedCommented:
additionally user configuration is your last step
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siber1Author Commented:
thx, do I have to setup an edge server? what additional configuration do i have to  do once i have purchased the licensing?
I already have the commercial cert from verisign.

 please provide the steps to get this up and running.

thx - S
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MohammadSaeedCommented:
yes you must install Edge server; i would highly recommend you download and run Office communications Server Edge Planning tool from here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=EC4B960C-3FE2-41BD-ABDF-AE89CFCB8C6C&displaylang=en

The Edge Planning Tool for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 provides settings for configuring your perimeter network based on information that you provide to the tool.


Regards,
Mohammad Saeed Abdelaziz
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MohammadSaeedCommented:
this tool will give you all the config required, certificates, dns records according to microsoft best practice
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