You can deploy Communicator 2007 R2 across your organization using any method that supports a Microsoft Windows Installer package (.msi file). In addition, you can control key features and settings using installation scripts or Active Directory Domain Services Group Policies.
New Features and Required Server Roles
Communicator 2007 R2 provides several new features, some of which require deployment of additional Office Communications Server 2007 server roles.
New Calling Features. No additional server roles required.
Use alternate phone numbers to invite participants; use the
keyboard during a call; and copy and paste numbers into the
Contact List Enhancements. No additional server roles
required. Sort contacts alphabetically, display Delegates, or
display your Team-Call Group. Search for a contact that corresponds
to a Response Group and add it to your Contact List.
Phone-only contacts. No additional server roles required.
Add phone numbers to your Contact List for quick calling (for
example, add phone numbers for friends and family members).
Voice Mail Enhancements. No additional server roles
required. Access a contact’s voicemail directly, or change your
voice mail greeting.
Call Delegation. No additional server roles required. Select
one or more assistants (delegates) to receive your incoming phone
calls. Delegates must use Office Communicator 2007 R2 Attendant
instead of Communicator.
Team Call. No additional server roles required. Set up a
group of contacts who can answer your incoming phone calls.
Dial-In Audio Conferencing. Requires Unified Communications
Application Server. Add a conference call number to a Communicator
conference so that invitees can dial into the audio using any
Response Groups. Requires Unified Communications Application
Server. Create workflows to route and queue incoming phone calls to
one or more designated agents.
Desktop Sharing. Requires Application Sharing Conferencing
Server. Display entire computer desktop to other Communicator
Meet Now. Requires Application Sharing Conferencing Server.
Quickly create a conference and invite internal or external
(anonymous) participants through e-mail. Participants use
Communicator or Communicator Web Access to join the conference.
Automatic Updates. No additional server roles required.
Configure Communicator to receive automatic updates.
Archiving, Call Detail Records, and QoE. New Monitoring
Server combines Call detail record (CDR) and Quality of Experience
(QoE) functionality. Archiving Server provides archiving.
Video enhancements. Requires in-band provisioning option to
enable/disable receiving video capabilities. VGA (640x480 at up to
25 frames/sec ) and HD (1280x720 @ up to 25 frames/sec) resolution
format supported for peer-to-peer calls as long as hardware, webcam
and bandwidth requirements are met.
Desk Phone Integration. No additional server roles required.
When the USB cable is used to connect the desk phone to the
computer, the desk phone becomes the preferred audio device for
calls, conferences, and Microsoft Office Live Meeting sessions.