Hosted Office Communications Server 2007 lets your customers take advantage of instant messaging (IM), group IM, audio and video, Web conferencing, and presence awareness delivered through Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007.


This document is primarily directed at service providers and telecommunication operators who are interested in deploying real-time communication services on the Hosted Messaging and Collaboration platform.

This document also provides information that Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS), Microsoft certified partners, independent software vendors (ISVs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), system integrators, and other technically minded individuals will find useful in evaluating and deploying Hosted Office Communications Server 2007.

Assumed Knowledge

Planning for server deployment in a Hosted Office Communications Server 2007 environment requires technical proficiency in the following Microsoft products and technologies:

  • Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Microsoft Active Directory directory services
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005
  • Microsoft Provisioning System (MPS)

We recommend that you have Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers (MCSE) certification on Windows Server 2003.

Start and End Points

At the start of planning for Hosted Office Communications Server 2007, you should be familiar with the hosted infrastructure components and particularly MPS.

You should also be familiar with the basic functionality and features of Office Communications Server 2007. The following documents discuss deploying Office Communications Server 2007 in an enterprise (non-hosting) environment, yet provide important background and product knowledge.

At the end of planning for Hosted Office Communications Server 2007, you should have a good understanding of these Hosted Office Communications Server 2007 elements:

  • System requirement and server roles
  • Network topology and requirements