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Enterprise Implementation Lessons Learned The few, the proud, the elite. No, this is not the Marines we are talking about, but an organization of consultants consisting of Microsoft employees and non-Microsoft employees who have been in the trenches deploying Microsoft Unified Communications solutions and have scars to prove it. With any technology application, problems will be realized during the deployment of the application in a real-world environment. The purpose of this chapter, and the heart and meaning of this book, is to impart some of the common lessons learned while deploying Live Communications Server 2005 SP1 and Communicator 2005 in actual real-world network environments. This chapter includes some of the screamers and some of the not so bad, and we hope that the lessons described in this chapter will help you out if and when you encounter them. This chapter describes some commonly faced issues when deploying Live Communications Server 2005 SP1 within an enterprise, including concerns with Active Directory, enterprise Instant Messaging migration, remote access, international deployments, and implementing Live Communications Server 2005 SP1 for military or private sector use. It is hoped that after reading this chapter, you will be able to leverage the experience and knowledge it provides to thwart issues that may arise in your own deployments, or to use this information as a warning for risk mitigation within your projects. Active Directory Concerns When working with any enterprise organization in deploying LCS, major concerns arise regarding the modification of Active Directory. This section presents a few example scenarios that may arise during this engagement process.

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