December 2010

This is a punch list of some of the major changes in Lync 2010, when compared to the previous releases of OCS. You no longer require a hardware load balancer for SIP traffic.  This is done through DNS load balancing now.  You still need a HLB to balance HTTP traffic for web components. All servers…


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This is the next in a series of articles about deploying Lync 2010.  You can find the previous articles here: Introduction Preparing the Front End Server Preparing Active Directory Topology Builder In this article we will proceed to install our first Lync Server.  We currently have our SQL server prepared, active directory and DNS prepared,…


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This is the next in a series of articles about deploying Lync 2010.  You can find the previous articles here: Introduction Preparing the Front End Server Preparing Active Directory Once Active Directory has been prepared, we can Install the Topology Builder, which will also install the Lync Administrative tools.  Its important to note that the…


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This is the next article in a series about deploying Lync 2010.  You can find the previous articles here: Introduction Preparing the Front End Server Launching Setup When we launch setup we will get prompted to install the Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable since we did not install it yet. After the redistributable is installed the…


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This is the next article in a series on how to setup Microsoft Lync.  You can find the previous article here: Introduction We have our prerequisites defined, so now we can proceed with preparing the first front end server. We first install the prerequisites per this document: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398686.aspx Since we are running on R2, PowerShell…


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Microsoft Lync 2010 is the next generation of Office Communications Server.  There are many new features in this release, but I will not be covering them here.  Instead, this article will be dedicated to discussing the process of installing Lync and migrating from OCS 2007 R2 in a lab deployment. We will begin by going over our…


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