Starting this week, I’m participating in a Lync Server 2013 install. I’m doing some of the install work, and recording the details step-by-step. I’ll blog about the entire process.
This post and the next few will form a guide, to help others see what’s involved in a Lync setup, so you can prepare for your own!
What to Expect: Reference Guide for Your Own Lync 2013 Install
I’m documenting each step in the setup process. Including the errors we encountered, why they occurred & how we fixed them.
This series is much like the “Path to Lync Server” posts I wrote in 2011. With more screenshots!
Initial Prep: Server Hardware is Prepared
I’ll start with some talk about our preparations made before beginning Setup.
The office already has Lync Server 2010 running. It’s a 2010 Standard Edition, with Mediation Server (not collocated) and a PSTN gateway from Dialogic. Archiving and Monitoring were not enabled. Federation is active.
We’re installing Lync Server 2013 while 2010 is still active. On a fresh (virtualized) server, under the same domain. Once install is complete, we’ll migrate users over.
For Lync Server 2013, we’re expanding the available feature set. Archiving and Monitoring will be added, as will Web Apps Server and XMPP Federation. We’ll redirect the PSTN Gateway to the 2013 servers once the backend is fully in place.
We added 4 cores, and 32GB more RAM to the server. This is listed in the TechNet documentation, as the optimum values for a clean install. (We did it mostly because it speeds up the process.)
Coming Soon: The Install Path to Lync Server 2013!
So far, we’re still in the process. Next post will contain the reference links we consulted, and the beginning steps.
I may move to 2 posts a week for this series…so be sure to check back soon!
In the meantime, a question for my readers: Are you preparing for a Lync Server 2013 install or upgrade soon? If so, what obstacles (if any) are you encountering?