Reed987

I'm currently looking into the "presence awareness" capabilities of MOSS 2007 and I'm a little confused. I have an account on Microsoft's instant messenger with my email address here at work, but I have been unable to change my status on any of our Sharepoint sites. I always appear offline. I'm guessing I'll need to set up something on our end, such as configuring our Exchange 2003 properly. However, I am stuck and have been unable to find much help online so far. So, if anyone out there could offer me some advice, I would be thankful.

Re: SharePoint - General Question and Answers and Discussion Presence Awareness

David123

I noticed the same thing. I would like to know how SharePoint determines a user is online.



Re: SharePoint - General Question and Answers and Discussion Presence Awareness

Naveedullah Khan

You need to deploy Live Communication Server which is a Microsoft product for communication and chatting etc.




Re: SharePoint - General Question and Answers and Discussion Presence Awareness

David123

I think it is really stupid WSS can't integrate with MSN Messenger.



Re: SharePoint - General Question and Answers and Discussion Presence Awareness

Reed987

Thanks for your reply. I will look into Live Communication Server further. It is a shame that SharePoint doesn't work with the messenger client, but oh well. Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction, it was most helpful.



Re: SharePoint - General Question and Answers and Discussion Presence Awareness

Anna P

Communicator is a lot more work-oriented anyway, while Messenger is more for personal use. Besides, there are a lot of people who have accounts on Messenger that they would rather not use for work. There's nothing wrong with having separate products. I only have Communicator on my work computer, but I use Messenger at home. Some of us don't want to be available for work at home when we're sick or taking a personal business day. I think it's great that I can log on from my computer at home and not be compelled to talk shop.



Re: SharePoint - General Question and Answers and Discussion Presence Awareness

Henry Ong

Have you tried using Messenger with the same account as your work email address I thought I remember MOSS picking that up somewhere.




Re: SharePoint - General Question and Answers and Discussion Presence Awareness

Reed987

I have tried that, and it looks like it occasionally picks it up, but not frequently. I'm not sure why, but someplaces that will work and other places it doesn't. Quite weird actually. I'm not sure whether to pursue using Messenger only or to research the Live Communication Server. Any opinions



Re: SharePoint - General Question and Answers and Discussion Presence Awareness

lchungue

Actually I've succeeded without LCS installed just by filling the SIP Address of user profiles with email addresses of MSN (Live) accounts. But I guess this wouldn't work for WSS (no user profiles )

BTW, the value of the field SIP Address is "your@mail.com" and not "sip:your@mail.com" (MOSS must be translating to the latter format ).

Please let me know if this works for you too, because my testings first went through presence in Outlook. Thus I'm wondering if this was a required step to make it work on SharePoint as well. (take a look here)

More specifically, do I really need Office installed do I need to create a contact and fill the "Instant Messenger Address"

EDIT : I've noticed that this works so-so with multi-zones.

Ludovic






Re: SharePoint - General Question and Answers and Discussion Presence Awareness

Reed987

This may have an obvious answer, but where can I set the user's SIP Address from I've looked and I can't seem to find anywhere to actually edit that information. As soon as I find it, I'll try it out and let you know how it goes. Thanks





Re: SharePoint - General Question and Answers and Discussion Presence Awareness

lchungue

You can find the SIP Address in User Profiles (SSP).

Just in case, you can also allow users to modify the value themselves, and also map this property to an AD field (and if so, the format to enter in the AD should be "sip:your@mail.com" because SharePoint seems to remove the first 4 characters).

This is done in UserProfiles > ViewProfilesProperties > SIPAddress

Hope that helps.