Archive for December, 2009

Failed to read the Office Communicator Server version information

December 8, 2009

While trying to deploy an Edge Access Server for my OCS 2007 R2 deployment today I received the error message in the subject of this post.  Having installed the required files for the Edge Server, I then proceeded to Activate the server from the deployment wizard.  After selecting a service account I completed the wizard only to be presented with the following message.

when I then looked the log that has been generate I saw following error message

I couldn’t understand why I was getting this message as I knew that the time and date were set correctly on the server.  So a quick google search led me to a post where someone was having the same error.  Thankfully a response had also been posted which implied that security update KB974571 was to blame.  I checked the updates installed on the edge server and sure enough this update was in the list.  Following a link contained in the post led to a downloadable fix which i’m glad to say worked.



How to set Custom Status in Microsoft Offfice Communicator

December 7, 2009

Save the following code as Presence.xml under C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Communictaor

<?xml version=”1.0″?>






       <customState availability=”online”>

              <activity LCID=”1033″>Today at Home</activity>


       <customState availability=”busy”>

              <activity LCID=”1033″>Urgent Meeting</activity>


       <customState availability=”busy”>

              <activity LCID=”1033″>In a Conference</activity>


       <customState availability=”do-not-disturb”>

              <activity LCID=”1033″>Getting relaxed</activity>




Create a new Key called Communicator.  In that key, create a new String called CustomStateURL and give it the value file://C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft Office Communicator\\Presence.xml.  Then create a new DWORD called EnableSIPHighSecurityMode and give it the value 0