Friday Oct 14, 2011

Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite 7 Update 2 Ships

In case you hadn't heard, Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite has released its latest version, 7 Update 2, and it's available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

Highlights for this release include the following:

  • Oracle Communications Calendar Server
    • Support for Oracle DB 11g release 2.
    • Outlook connectivity offered via Outlook Connector has been enhanced to support Calendar Server 7 Update 2 (through the WCAPbis protocol).
    • Support for both Apple iCal and Microsoft Exchange Style Delegation models enables users to share their calendars and delegate calendar management to others.
    • Support for certificate based authentication for use in secure environments, as well as support for virus scanning of attachments included with events and appointments.
  • Oracle Communications Instant Messaging Server
    • Support for external IM networks, including real time Instant Messaging and Presence connectivity, for Yahoo, AOL, MSN, Google, and Facebook.
    • Federation with SIP/SIMPLE based IM networks.
  • Indexing and Search Service for Unified Communications Suite has been enhanced to deliver a more highly available and reliable service.

Here's a set of links to get you started:

Wednesday Mar 16, 2011

Communications Suite: New Convergence Patch Available

Hopefully you haven't missed the news that the Convergence 2 Patch 1 is out, along with an updated Customization Guide. As there are significant changes with Patch 1 with respect to how you customize Convergence, also be sure to read about them in the Overview of Convergence Theme and Banner Customization.

Monday Oct 18, 2010

New Communications Suite Software Forums Location

Communications Suite software forums have moved:

Oracle Communications Messaging Exchange Server
Oracle Communications Calendar Server
Oracle Communications Instant Messaging Server

Or, if you prefer the top-level link to see all of the above:

E-mail, Calendar, & Collaboration

Tuesday Sep 21, 2010

Oracle Communications Calendar Server(s) - Which One For You?

Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite (formerly Sun Java Communications Suite) has been providing calendaring services for many years. What might have flown under the radar is that the latest version, known first as Calendar Server 7 and then rebranded to Oracle Communications Calendar Server for CALDAV Clients, supports the CalDAV protocol, the calendar access protocol standard. By supporting the CalDAV protocol, Calendar Server 7 enables you to use CalDAV-enabled devices, like the Apple iPhone, as your calendar client.

What this also means is that Communications Suite actually currently contains two calendar servers: the original, Sun Java System Calendar Server 6 (now rebranded to Oracle Communications Calendar Server), and the new, updated version, Calendar Server 7/OCCS for CALDAV Clients. So, when it comes to making your deployment choice, which calendar is best for you?

If you are performing a fresh, greenfield installation of Communications Suite, and you plan on using only CalDAV clients, or the Convergence 2 web client, deploy Calendar Server 7 (the current version is 7 Update 1). The Convergence 2 web client, as of the Communications Suite 7 Update 1 release, is now integrated with Calendar Server 7 Update 1.

If you have an existing Calendar Server 6.3 deployment, you can use the OCCS for CALDAV Clients migration utility to migrate your data to the new format used by Calendar Server 7 Update 1.

If you have an existing deployment depending upon Connector for Microsoft Outlook clients, you'll need to continue to use the older calendar product, SJS Calendar Server/OCCS 6.3. Eventually, you want to deploy the new OCCS for CALDAV Clients, as Calendar Server 6.3 has been deprecated.  However, to support Connector for Microsoft Outlook, Connector needs to come out with support for the WCAPbis protocol. OCCS for CALDAV Clients includes WCAPbis support as of the current release (7 Update 1). Now we have to wait for Connector to do the same.

For more information, see the following documentation:

Thursday Sep 02, 2010

Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite 7 Update 1 Is Here

We're releasing Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite 7 Update 1 (formerly Sun Java Communications Suite) today. Want to get started? Here's what you need:

  1. Get up to speed on new features and late breaking news:
  2. Understand how to install a new deployment or upgrade an existing one:
  3. Download the Communications Suite 7 Update 1 (and dependent software) bits:

Other documentation, such as administration, customization, and reference information, has also been updated for the release on the main CommSuite wiki space.

Wednesday Jul 07, 2010

Communications Suite: Long Time No Blog

Not much to say of  late, except that we're hard at work on the next Communications Suite release. At last here is something worth blogging: Our support engineers have pulled together a great page of tuning tips and tricks to help you prevent a lot of problems with your Communications Suite deployment. Have a look:

Communications Suite Tuning and Best Practices

Tuesday Mar 16, 2010

Searching the Communications Suite Information, or You Can't Always Get What You Want

I still hear all too often that while the Communications Suite wiki is chock full of information, it is sometimes hard to find things.

My initial reaction is, have you read Finding What You Are Looking For? You just might get what you need.

Tuesday Jan 19, 2010

Communications Suite 7: Installing the VMware Image

The Communications Suite 7 VMware image is a simple and portable method for demonstrating Communications Suite 7 features without the overhead of installation and configuration. This VMware image is intended only for demonstration or evaluation purposes and not for production use.

To download the Communications Suite 7 VMware image, go to:

You can also view the Communications Suite 7 VMware tutorial:

More information is available here:

Friday Jan 08, 2010

Dealing with Communications Suite 7 & 32-bit Anti-Spam and Virus Plug-ins

Read about your options in dealing with 32-bit AS/AV plug-ins and Communications Suite 7, which is now a native 64-bit application:

Communications Suite 7 32-bit Anti-Spam and Virus Plug-ins

Wednesday Dec 02, 2009

Communications Suite: Just the Faqs, Ma'am

Reminder: If all you want are the Technical FAQs for Communications Suite, we've collected them here. And are continuously adding to them, so you might want to check back from time to time for new content.

Indeed, since these FAQs are on our documentation wiki, you can add to this collection yourself, to help out the community. Many of you already have.

Thursday Nov 19, 2009

Install the Stack: Communications Suite 7 Single Host Deployment Example

We've updated the Single Host Deployment Example for Communications Suite 7. This example describes how to install the entire Sun Java Communications Suite 7 software "stack" on one computer for a functioning deployment. This document is intended for any evaluator, system administrator, or installation technician who wants to install and evaluate the services delivered by these components.

This example describes how to install and configure the following components:

  • Sun Java System Messaging Server 7 Update 3
  • Sun Java System Calendar Server 6.3
  • Sun Java System Calendar Server 7
  • Sun Java System Instant Messaging 8 Update 2
  • Sun Java System Directory Server 6.3.1
  • GlassFish Enterprise Server 2.1 Patch 2 with HADB support
  • Delegated Administrator 7
  • Sun Convergence 1 Update 3
  • Sun Java Indexing and Search Service 1
Give the example a whirl.

Wednesday Nov 11, 2009

Communications Suite Wiki: Controlled Access Area

Just a heads up, in case you get the following messaging when trying to access a page on the Communications Suite wiki:

Controlled Access Area

You cannot view this page

Page level restrictions have been applied that limit access to this page.

Though this message sounds like we are control freaks, it's just to alert you the page is not publicly available. In general, we want our Wiki documentation to be as open and available as possible. But in some cases, where we are working on updating or improving documentation, we will restrict access until that work is done.

As always, if any readers are looking for information that you cannot find, or if you have any Comms documentation-related questions, feel free to drop us a line and we'll do our best to help you out.

Friday Oct 09, 2009

Sun Convergence: Viewing and Searching Attachments

Hat Tip Bill A.

Attachment View in Convergence

This is very cool. Click for larger image The new update to Sun Convergence, Convergence 1 Update 3 (shipping as part of Communications Suite 7), in conjunction with our new Indexing and Search Service 1 product, presents users with a grid of attachments in their email. (Click image at left for larger view.) In a nutshell, here's how all this functionality comes together:

- The ISS server "collects" all the attachments across all a user's email.
- The Convergence client displays a new virtual folder, “Attachments," in the folder tree for this collection.
- Convergence presents the attachments in three views. (This image shows the grid view.)
- Users can search the attachment list by filtering mechanisms (see below).
- Operations for viewing the message the attachment belongs to and creating a message with a selected attachment are available.
- Note: If ISS is not deployed, this feature is not presented.

Filter View of Attachments in Convergence

Click for larger image Here's a view of the Convergence Filter Attachments (click image at right for larger view). You can filter your search based on the sender of the attachment, a date range when you received the attachment, or the type of file that you are searching. This image is showing how to filter by sender.

In the filtered view, you still have the capability for viewing the message the attachment belongs to and creating a message with a selected attachment.

Film Strip View of Attachments in Convergence

Click for larger image As the image to the left shows (click for larger view), you can also view attachments in film strip mode. The film strip is displayed on right-hand side, you can arrow or mouse down, select one by one, and the selection is displayed in the middle of the Convergence UI.

Convergence also supplies a slideshow view, which takes over the entire browser. Controls are displayed at the bottom for navigating through attachments left and right, as well viewing them on a timed basis (that is, using a timer to view them).

Searching Attachments By Using ISS

When you do a search from the attachments grid, one choice is to search by body. By using ISS, you get to have a fast body search, which is more than just a body search, your attachments are searched as well. And if you're like me, I have tons of attachments in email that I'm constantly looking for. Attachments can be in a variety of formats such as PDF; Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio; StarOffice/Open Office; HTML; and more.

Thursday Oct 08, 2009

Calendar Server 7 Installation Experience

Interesting write-up by one of our TSC engineers, who just completed a Comms 7 Installation. Focus of the writeup is on our new product, Calendar Server 7.

Note: The single host deployment example (for SPARC), referenced in the above blog entry, is not yet publicly available. There is, however, this document for Red Hat Linux, that is available.

Monday Oct 05, 2009

Communications Suite: Hooking Up Comms & Apple

Did you know that you can use your Apple iPhone and iPod touch to work with Communications Suite products, including syncing your email, calendar, and contacts?

The two ways to connect your Apple iPhone and iPod touch to access Communications Suite 6 services (including Messaging Server 7 and Calendar Server 6.3) are by using:

  1. Native Apple applications
  2. NotifyLink Gateway

Each solution has pros and cons, as this article describes.

Accessing Calendar Server. Starting with Calendar 7, you can use Apple's CalDAV client, as long as you are using OS 3.0. See Configuring CalDAV Clients for Calendar Server 7. If you are not using OS 3.0, you can use a CalDAV client on a personal computer to access the CalDAV server, download data to the personal computer, then connect your iPhone to the personal computer and sync it through iTunes.


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