Connecting OCS 2007 R2 to client...

After spending hours configuring and installing OCS, I don't really know where to go from here. Microsoft's documentation is, well, sub-par. I see all of this stuff about pools and authentication, and maybe I'm not qualified/trained well enough for this product. We are just trying to use it for IM/presence. We don't intend to use it for anything else. Can someone point me in the right direction to either good documentation or a great resource for making OCS work on a basic level. The server is operating fine from what I can tell, but I have no idea where to go from here and the Admin guide has been no help.
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Ok, so you've configured an OCS2007 R2 box.

1. Have you deployed your certificate to it, either internal or 3rd party generated
2. Have you configured any users on it
3. Have you tested connectivity to it from a client (MOCR2)


BusbarSolutions ArchitectCommented:
i would recommend reading OCS 2007 R2 resource kit book, it should cover your needs

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bpbarberhelpAuthor Commented:
I have deployed the certificate. I have enabled users for it. I installed the client on my laptop, but I can't connect.

If I sign in as "" I get "Cannot sign in to Communicator because the sign-in address does not exist. Check your sign-in address and try again."

If I just put the email "" (which I guess is the wrong way to do it?) I get "Cannot sign in because the server is temporarily unavailable."

I did look in the OCS event log for AD sync to make sure that process was working correctly. It did sync, but I think that was before I made a lot of the changes, and it said it would sync again in 480 minutes. I couldn't find an option to force it. Any ideas?
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bpbarberhelpAuthor Commented:

The client connection problem seems to be with DNS records. They don't exist apparently so I am working on that now.
BusbarSolutions ArchitectCommented:
you can use me DNS/Certificate caculator to help you create the DNS records
bpbarberhelpAuthor Commented:
It looks like the DNS records are only required for automatic login, which I really don't care that much about. The only thing is I still don't understand the pools and how all that works. We are only 150emp and I don't need different pools and all of that. If I go into the client and manually put the server name in, the client connects fine.

Now I am trying to figure out Contacts and everything else.

By the way, this is an eval to see if this is something we want.
BusbarSolutions ArchitectCommented:
contacts will be downloaded using contatdb file that will be generated by the ABS service to run ot immediatly use abserver -syncnow command
bpbarberhelpAuthor Commented:
Well, even though it was an answer, it was the slack answer, buy a book. I could have done that myself. The comment about my DNS records was correct so I gave credit for that.
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