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I want to restrict Windows Messenger to Internal addresses only

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I have just migrated a company using Windows XP from Novell. They used the Group-wise messenger and loved it. I have been asked to set up "A Windows Equivalent" to Group-wise, however, they want the Messenger to be restricted to internal addresses only. This is all connected to a Windows Small Business Server 2008 Domain. As The SBS creates email@company.local, is there a way to set up and use Windows Messenger on the internal network Only?
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Microsoft Office Communications Server would be the Microsoft equivalent of Group-wise Messenger.

"Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, OCS 2007, is an enterprise real-time communications server, providing the infrastructure for enterprise instant messaging, presence, file transfer, peer-to-peer and multiparty Voice and Video calling, ad hoc and structured conferences (audio, video and web) and PSTN connectivity.[1] These features are available within an organization, between organizations, and with external users on the public internet, or standard phones, on the PSTN as well as SIP trunking.

In February 2009 Microsoft released the R2 version of the server which runs solely on 64-bit platforms and is more scalable. R2 adds new features such as Group Chat and Attendant Console. Some of the roles of OCS are supported in virtualized environment."


From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Office_Communications_Server
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Will this work with SBS? I need a cost effective solution as their budget is limited.
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$699 server + $31 per user.
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We used Communications Server (LCS 2005, IIRC)along with SBS2003.  Worked great for internal chat.  But when we looked at federating identities (the old AOL system just wasn't working for us), the license cost was more per user.  Worked OK and cut down on phone calls and wandering around for chit-chat.
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There is a lot of internal only messaging products like this http://bit.ly/9cAk7j
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