Microsoft Office Communicator

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We have Public IM enabled and to avoid having to purchase yet another SSL certificate (to enable automatic configuration publicly) choose to use "Manual Configuration" to point to our public IM DNS name.

Here's the registry patch we run via the logon script to update everyone's Communicator client:

logon script contains:
regedit /s FixCommunicator.reg

FixCommunicator.reg contains:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Communicator]
"ConfigurationMode"=dword:00000001
"TourPlayed"=dword:00000001
"ServerAddress"="companyLCS.ourcompany.com"
"Transport"=dword:00000004
"PersonalContactStore"=dword:00000001
"AutoRunWhenLogonToWindows"=dword:00000001
"AutoOpenMainWindowWhenStartup"=dword:00000001
"AutoRetrieveOOFSettings"=dword:00000001
"PublishCalendarPresence"=dword:00000001



Explanation of values:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Communicator] (only applies to logged on user)

"ConfigurationMode"=dword:00000001 (This is the radio button that enables the selection of "Configure Settings" vs. "Automatic Configuration" - set to 1 for "Configure Settings")

"TourPlayed"=dword:00000001 (Set this to 1 to avoid the annoying web browser demonstration that pops up on first run of the program)

"ServerAddress"="companyLCS.ourcompany.com" (This would be the servername or IP address of the LCS server, note: If using TLS, the ServerAddress MUST be a DNS name because it uses SSL certs)

"Transport"=dword:00000004 ("Connect using:" TLS is 4, TCP is 1)

"PersonalContactStore"=dword:00000001 ("Select your personal information manager" setting: 0 is "Microsoft Office Outlook", 1 is "Windows Address Book(Contacts)", 2 is "None")

"AutoRunWhenLogonToWindows"=dword:00000001 (Sets the Communicator to startup on logon)

"AutoOpenMainWindowWhenStartup"=dword:00000001 (Will launch the main communicator window when the user logs in)

"AutoRetrieveOOFSettings"=dword:00000001 (Shows status of contacts(i.e., away, online, offline, etc.))

"PublishCalendarPresence"=dword:00000001 (Shows information from Calendar (e.g., "Free until 1PM") in a contact's "Properties" view)

Also, here's the expanded version of the .vbs script that can be used to setup a new user for login to Communicator:
http://www.lcs-guides.com/scripts-ms-commuicator-2005-auto-sign

Hope this helps.

Shannon VanWagner
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Entries I put in my .MST

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Communicator
TourPlayed:1
ServerAddress:<servername>
FirstTimeUser:0
ConfigurationMode:1

I also used aand modified a VB script to populate current user information, it must either run at every logon or once per user (with something like ActiveSetup). See below.
http://www.appdeploy.com/messageboards/tm.asp?m=22865

Hope this helps some people!!
joeman113@gmail.com
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msiexec.exe /i Communicator.msi TRANSFORMS=customizations.mst /qb!

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Office Communicator

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1.0.559.226

Uninstall String

MsiExec.exe /X{BE5AD430-9E0C-4243-AB3F-593835869855}

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