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Few Lync 2013 questions...

    Question

  • Hi, we are in the process of planning a single server Lync deployment and wanted your opinions on a few things

    Note that we are going to be doing mostly IMing with a lot of screen sharing (within the same site and international sites that will be logging into the same single server in the main site), white boarding, audio-audio calls, and some Avaya integration

    1) What kind of hardware should I get? Are 15k RPM Hard drives enough or should I consider SSDs? For things like screen sharing, what's most important? Local desktop's CPU/Hard drive processing or server processing? Should the server have a video card?

    2) Any networking needs I should consider?

    3) What kind of CALs do I need? As far as I can tell for my purposes Lync 2013 with Lync 2013 CALs should be sufficient

    Thanks

    Monday, September 30, 2013 4:03 PM

Answers

  • 1) You should make sure to meet the minimum requirements.  Peer to Peer audio and desktop sharing has zero effect on the server as all communications is direct client to client.  The server has no need for video cards or anything like that.

    2) You should make sure you have the available bandwidth over the WAN for desktop sharing, audio and video (if it's going to be used).

    3) There are three types of CAL's.

    Standard - allows you to do peer-to-peer stuff.

    Enterprise - allows access to conferencing (three of more people)

    Plus - allows PSTN connectivity (think Enterprise Voice or RCC features)

    So depending on your planned Avaya integration you might require the Plus CAL.

    Thanks,

    Richard


    Richard Brynteson, Avtex, Lync MCM, Blog - www.masteringlync.com

    • Proposed as answer by Kent-Huang Wednesday, October 02, 2013 6:01 AM
    • Marked as answer by Kent-Huang Monday, October 21, 2013 12:05 PM
    Monday, September 30, 2013 7:12 PM
  • Hi,

    Please refer to the following link.

    Server Hardware Platforms:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398835.aspx

    Network Infrastructure Requirements:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg425841.aspx

    You can also use Lync Server 2013 Planning tool to plan your Lync Server:

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36823


    Kent Huang
    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Kent-Huang Monday, October 21, 2013 12:05 PM
    Wednesday, October 02, 2013 6:01 AM

All replies

  • 1) You should make sure to meet the minimum requirements.  Peer to Peer audio and desktop sharing has zero effect on the server as all communications is direct client to client.  The server has no need for video cards or anything like that.

    2) You should make sure you have the available bandwidth over the WAN for desktop sharing, audio and video (if it's going to be used).

    3) There are three types of CAL's.

    Standard - allows you to do peer-to-peer stuff.

    Enterprise - allows access to conferencing (three of more people)

    Plus - allows PSTN connectivity (think Enterprise Voice or RCC features)

    So depending on your planned Avaya integration you might require the Plus CAL.

    Thanks,

    Richard


    Richard Brynteson, Avtex, Lync MCM, Blog - www.masteringlync.com

    • Proposed as answer by Kent-Huang Wednesday, October 02, 2013 6:01 AM
    • Marked as answer by Kent-Huang Monday, October 21, 2013 12:05 PM
    Monday, September 30, 2013 7:12 PM
  • Hi,

    Please refer to the following link.

    Server Hardware Platforms:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398835.aspx

    Network Infrastructure Requirements:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg425841.aspx

    You can also use Lync Server 2013 Planning tool to plan your Lync Server:

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36823


    Kent Huang
    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Kent-Huang Monday, October 21, 2013 12:05 PM
    Wednesday, October 02, 2013 6:01 AM