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Virtualization of Office Communications Server 2007 R2

Today I got this mail from Omar El Sherif  Microsoft TSP. this is some amazing news for all virtualization fans. finally the OCS will go virtual.

“We are pleased to announce that the Office Communications Group will soon release the virtualization story of Office Communications Server 2007 R2.

  With this type of server deployment, we will support both a fully distributed virtualized topology across several hypervisors and a single server virtualized topology. This will include ability to deploy those topologies onto Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, or onto any Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) certified partners (http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/svvp.aspx?svvppage=svvp.htm). Note that there are some limitations to this support.

  Only the Presence, IM (including remote access, federation, and PIC) and Group Chat workloads will be supported. The following server roles can be deployed: Consolidated Front-End Servers, Back-End SQL Server 2008 64 bits, Group Chat Channel Servers, Group Chat Compliance Servers and Edge Access Servers. Those virtual machines will be running on Windows Server 2008 64 bits. The topology has been tested to handle up to 40,000 users, including 10,000 group chat users.

  All other workloads will not be supported as part of this announcement. That means voice, video, live meeting and application sharing workloads will not be part of the architecture, even for P2P communications. Therefore audio/video/web conferencing servers, audio/video/web edge conferencing servers, dial-in conferencing, archiving/monitoring server, Communicator Web Access, enterprise voice, or Remote Call Control will not be deployed as part of the “virtualized” pool. When these workloads are required, then a new pool with physical servers should be deployed for those users.

  In order to help customers scope their topologies, the product group will also release Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Capacity Planning Tool, capable of simulating user load for the available workloads. This will help customer to quickly validate the hypervisor load and scalability before going to production.

  Along with this future announcement, a whitepaper detailing the tested architecture, the performance, the way to setup the load simulation tool, and a methodology to select a successful architecture will be released.”

Support for the Microsoft unified communications clients in Application Virtualization environments



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