Moving to Lync Server 2013: The Whole Step-By-Step Process

Lync Server 2013, Reference

The other day, Larry and I sat down to install Lync Server 2013. Like all major server installs, complications arose during the process. We documented them, found solutions (either online, or through testing), and completed the setup. Lync Server 2013 now runs in our datacenter (yay!).

This post contains a full reference to the install process. Each post I wrote over the past few weeks, in sequence. Use these to guide your own Lync Server 2013 install.

I’ve included some comments below each link, so you’ll know what to expect.

How to Move to Lync Server 2013

Moving to Lync Server 2013: A Guide to the Installation Process
Before starting on a Lync Server 2013, prep your server hardware. Temporarily increasing RAM and disk space to the virtual servers (if you’re using Hyper-V) speeds up the install process.

Moving to Lync Server 2013: Starting the Install
Gather reference material before you start! These posts will help, as will a couple more links included here. First step, prepare Active Directory (and don’t rush).

Moving to Lync Server 2013: Creating a Lync Server Topology
We imported our existing Lync Server 2010 environment to speed up future migration. Next, setting feature options and server FQDNs in Topology Builder. Make sure you have proper file permissions set.

Moving to Lync Server 2013: Setup Lync Core Components
With a published topology, you can switch to the physical (or virtual) servers and install Lync’s core components. Then you’ll need to address certificate requests, which can get complicated.

Moving to Lync Server 2013: Build Out Mediation, Monitoring, Archiving and Edge
With core components in place, installing additional servers like Monitoring, Archiving, & Mediation are up. Pay special attention to Edge Server setup & configuration; you’ll need to address certificates for internal and external Edge.

Moving to Lync Server 2013: Error on the Front End
We encountered a major error with setting Edge certificates. But the problem didn’t reside in the Certificate Wizard…it was somewhere else. Thanks to a fix posted on Microsoft’s forums, we resolved the error and completed Edge setup.

Moving to Lync Server 2013: Adding Mobility and App Presentation
The last step for us? Installing Mobility Services and Web Apps Server. These are add-on capabilities for mobile Lync and presentations during conferences. Not required, but useful. And after a successful test, Lync Server 2013 is up and running!

Send Us Your Lync 2013 Stories!

Have you encountered issues with installing Lync Server 2013? Did you go about the install a different way? Send your stories in!

I’d love to share different Lync 2013 accounts. Or address quirks you’ve come across. Or both! Email me at chris.williams@planetmagpie.com, or leave a comment below.

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