Edge Server Properties: IM Provider

Use this tab to specify the public instant messaging (IM) service providers with which you want to federate.

Note: Public IM connectivity requires the purchase of additional service licenses and provisioning the connections by using the Microsoft Provisioning site.

IM Service Providers

IM service providers on this list have been configured to federate with your organization.

Note:  By default, AOL, MSN, and Yahoo are available in this list, but they are not enabled.


The IM service provider name.

Access Edge

The fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the Access Edge Server of the IM service provider.


The status of the IM service provider (allowed or not allowed).


Click to add an IM service provider.


After clicking an IM service provider in the list, click to edit the settings for that IM service provider.


After clicking an IM service provider in the list, click to remove that IM service provider from the list.

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Public IM connectivity allows users in your organization to use IM to communicate with users of instant messaging services provided by public IM service providers, including the MSN network of Internet services, Yahoo, and AOL. You can authorize use of public IM connectivity on a per user basis. Office Communications Server 2007 R2 provides mechanisms both on the server side and on the user side to control the interaction of MSN, Yahoo, and AOL users with users in your organization.

For details, see the Operations section of the Office Communications Server Technical Library.

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