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OCS infra for new company

Hi

We are running AD 2003 SP2, Exchange 2007 SP1 in our current environment. We are looking to upgrade to Exchange 2010, but that's down the line.

We also have a partner company that we do business with, who are also running AD 2003 SP2/Exchange 2007 SP1.

At the moment, we have no corporate IM system so use MSN. We're looking at bringing in OCS 2007, but would like contacts from both our company and partner company to be able to IM each other.

I understand there is the concept of federation, but this is for completely external company's isnt' it. Is there anything within OCS that can help us between us and the partner company only?

 
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Mohamed KhairyEnterprise Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Please explain more your infrastructure:

What about the AD installed on both company, is there is any relation between them or every one is totally isolated from each other also, what about exchange?
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Joe_BuddenAuthor Commented:
Hi mkhairy

Seperate forests (no trusts) and seperate Exchange orgs.

Thanks!
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Mohamed KhairyEnterprise Solutions ArchitectCommented:
I do agree with you about the federation but in this case you will have to install a complete isolated OCS infrastructure on both sites which will cost your company a lot for just IM.

Also it will have a negative impact on you as it you will have to administer the two sites.

Look, there are a lot of installation scenario that I will discuss with you if you would like to proceed on the own ocs infrastr ucture on each site but firstly take a look at Microsoft Office Communications Online services provided from Microsoft, I think it suits you perfectly:

http://www.microsoft.com/online/office-communications-online.aspx

Let me know your opinion to discuss it.

Regards,
MKhairy
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duffman76Commented:
Federation is what you are going to want to do if you want to keep it in house with OCS.  The only other options are in the cloud services as stated above or by using Live Messenger or a combination of Live Messenger federated with OCS.  
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