Setting Up a Pilot Deployment
Use the following steps to set up a simple deployment of Instant Messaging for reviewing or testing, prior to a production installation. These steps do not require setting up any Domain Name System (DNS) records or planning complex topologies. Use just one machine as an Instant Messaging home server that also performs routing functions.
These setup steps are included here:
Tip Print out this procedure to have it in front of you as you complete each of these steps.
Before you install Instant Messaging Service, you must install the following software on each server:
Install Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server. When you run Exchange Server Setup, select Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Exchange System Management Tools, and Microsoft Exchange Instant Messaging Services in the Component Selection screen.
Note You must have Microsoft Exchange Messaging and Collaboration Services installed on at least one server in the organization.
Instant Messaging home servers host Instant Messaging user accounts and communicate directly with clients to send and deliver instant messages and presence information.
Tip For this initial installation, you can use HomeServer1.
You must have one IIS virtual server for every Instant Messaging home server you create. If you need to install multiple virtual servers on the same machine (for example, if you are a hosting ISP), you must first create a new IIS virtual server for this purpose. For more information, see the IIS online documentation.
Tip For this initial installation, you can use Default Web Site.
DNS domain name should display the domain name to which the home server will respond. Use the default domain name.
If the home server also performs routing functions (a
one-machine installation for a small business that has Instant
Messaging connectivity to the Internet), change the default domain
name to the Instant Messaging domain name (for example,
im.microsoft.com). For other situations that require
changing the domain name, you may need to first create a new IIS
virtual server and specify the new domain name as the
Tip For this initial installation, accept the default entries for DNS domain name and Port. By default, the DNS domain name matches the fully qualified domain name of the computer; for example, yourcomputer.contoso.com.
Note If the DNS domain name used in step 4 is not DNS-resolvable (if you created an IIS virtual server with a new domain name), you need to create the necessary DNS resource records, including a host address (A) record for the home server, to ensure that the domain name is resolvable by DNS.
To give a user access to Instant Messaging Service, you assign
the user to an
Tip Complete these steps to create two users for this initial installation:
Note If you were doing these steps for a real user, User1 would be the same as the user's e-mail name.
Repeat these steps to create User2.
Important If you are using Digest authentication and you did not set the password policy before creating these accounts, you must now reset the users' passwords. Instant Messaging Service is unavailable to users until their passwords are changed. You reset user passwords from the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in. For specific instructions, refer to the Windows 2000 online documentation. (This step is not necessary if you are using Integrated Windows authentication.)
Note If you have already configured an SRV resource record (recommended for production deployments, but not necessary for test or pilot deployments), you can ignore the Instant Messaging Domain selection. When a user has a valid e-mail address already configured, Instant Messaging Service performs a DNS SRV query to determine the user's Instant Messaging domain.
Note If, before starting this process, you configured an SRV resource record, and the user was already assigned a primary e-mail address with a domain matching the DNS zone for the SRV record, the Instant Messaging address for this user will be the same as the primary SMTP address, username@e-mail_domain. This is recommended, particularly for production environments.
If you did not configure an SRV record, the Instant Messaging address for this user will take the form: username@Instant_Messaging_Domain (the domain you selected in step 8). This is acceptable for tests or pilot deployments.
Before you complete these steps, make sure that you have Internet Explorer 5.0 installed on your computer.
Note User1 is the User logon name you typed when you created the user account. This is the same as the user's e-mail name. Yourcomputer is the DNS domain name.
Note For testing purposes, you may want to install the User2 client software on another computer that is connected to the Yourcomputer network.
Tip You can use the Instant Messaging client to log on to MSN Messenger Service and send instant messages to your MSN Hotmail contacts.
Related TopicsSet the Password Policy Set Up the Service Distribute the Client Software