Microsoft Forefront Security for Office Communications Server - External Co

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  • External Connector Subscription License (1 month)
  • unlimited additional users
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  • External Connector Subscription License (1 month)
  • unlimited additional users
  • Open Value Subscription
  • level E
  • additional product
  • Win
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Microsoft Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (OCS) provides fast and effective protection against IM-based malware by including multiple scanning engines from industry-leading security partners. It can also help reduce corporate liability by blocking IM messages that contain inappropriate content.

Microsoft Forefront Security for Office Communications Server - External Co is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It has automated the entire user and group management process but more out of box connectors are needed. Valuable Features:* Synchronization* End user functionality* Portal* Service* Self service password reset* Password management* Password sync* Group management via Outlook* ReportingImprovements to My Organization:It has automated the entire user and group management process, thus reducing manual work and help desk cost to a great extent.Room for Improvement:More out of box connectors and conducting awareness of the product along with more marketing. This would enhance the tools capabilities by keeping in mind other similar products from other vendors.Use of Solution:I've used it for seven years.Deployment Issues:No issues encountered.Stability Issues:Not with the latest version.Scalability Issues:Not with the latest version.Customer Service:Good.Technical Support:Good.Previous Solutions:This is my first tool.Initial Setup:Pretty Straightforward. Microsoft always builds products with easy Next->Next options.Implementation Team:I work for a company that provides services for such tools, so we implement it ourselves.ROI:You would get back the initial investment within three to four years.Other Advice:Be sure on sizing.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The way that it automates the provisioning of accounts is valuable but there were some deployment issues. Valuable Features:The way that it automated the provisioning of accounts for employees and students and the quick response time.Improvements to My Organization:One of the biggest pain points was that username changes were not automated and caused problems. Now username changes are just so easy.Use of Solution:I've used it since September 2012.Deployment Issues:Yes, but, they were not show stoppers.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:We did not need to scale, however, it is holding up with the regular growth.Customer Service:We have engaged Microsoft consultants to give us direction. That has greatly helped.Technical Support:The technical support by the consultants was very good.Previous Solutions:Yes, we used Sun IDM. However, Oracle was killing their product and the licenses would cost a lot, besides the cost of implementation.Initial Setup:The initial setup was mostly straightforward, since we had a game plan.Implementation Team:We had a partnership between Microsoft and an in-house team.ROI:Our ROI is that we can provision users accounts within 30 minutes of them being put into the system.Cost and Licensing Advice:The original setup cost was all inclusive about $100k.Other Solutions Considered:Yes, we did evaluate other options. However, since we used Active Directory and Exchange, it was much easier to go to Forefront Identity Manager.Other Advice:* Have a proper game plan* Know your business processes* Have good consultantsDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ​I wouldn't consider this appropriate for fewer than around 2,000 users, unless you are synchronizing multiple databases. Improvements to My Organization:To be honest - it hasn't. It was sold and installed for us at a large sum, with questionable implementations. Personally, I could have done something almost as effective with PowerShell scripts.Use of Solution:I've used it for six months.Deployment Issues:I was not here for deployment, but a mistake by the vendor caused a duplication of accounts for the entire enterpriseStability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Customer Service:Unsure.Technical Support:Awful. Vendor did not want to hear about it. However, our project team signed it off despite the operation team warning against it.Previous Solutions:No previous solution used.Initial Setup:The biggest difficulty was aligning our requirements with HR.Implementation Team:We used a vendor team whose expertise was 8/10.ROI:Pretty awful. A large initial investment with something that could have been done by one person full time over six years with less hassle. As it stands, around 0.25FTE is still spent on it by a higher salaried individual. Including ongoing server costs and time maintaining, the ROI would actually be negativeCost and Licensing Advice:It cost us approx. US$250k to set up and is roughly US$200 day to day. Also, we pay for premier support and, occasionally, for consulting.Other Solutions Considered:No other options evaluated.Other Advice:I wouldn't consider this appropriate for less than around 2000 users, unless you are synchronising multiple databasesDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It has automated the entire user and group management process but more out of box connectors are needed. Valuable Features:* Synchronization* End user functionality* Portal* Service* Self service password reset* Password management* Password sync* Group management via Outlook* ReportingImprovements to My Organization:It has automated the entire user and group management process, thus reducing manual work and help desk cost to a great extent.Room for Improvement:More out of box connectors and conducting awareness of the product along with more marketing. This would enhance the tools capabilities by keeping in mind other similar products from other vendors.Use of Solution:I've used it for seven years.Deployment Issues:No issues encountered.Stability Issues:Not with the latest version.Scalability Issues:Not with the latest version.Customer Service:Good.Technical Support:Good.Previous Solutions:This is my first tool.Initial Setup:Pretty Straightforward. Microsoft always builds products with easy Next->Next options.Implementation Team:I work for a company that provides services for such tools, so we implement it ourselves.ROI:You would get back the initial investment within three to four years.Other Advice:Be sure on sizing.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-03-05
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