Configuring Lync Home Lab RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello Warriors,

    I am planning to build a home lab for Lync (along with Exchange and EV) for my studies.  I am confused with the available computer hardware.

    Is it an absolute necessary to go with the Xeons/Opterons or is it fine to go with Core i5/i7s or AMD A/FX series?  Basically, my question is whether a server grade processor is required or is it possible to achieve my goal using a consumer processor?  Also, is a dual processor (quad core + quad core) required or will it work just fine with even a single quad core processor?

    Which motherboard should I use?  I am planning to gear up with 32GB RAM.

    This will be a simple home lab for studies with 10 users and one public IP.  Virtual machines will be built using Hyper-V (Server 2008 R2).  All Lync Server roles and Exchange roles with be built as virtual machines.  Also, kindly provide your suggestions for AMD processors as well.

    Thanks a lot for helping me with my studies and future.


    Friday, February 5, 2016 12:36 PM


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  • This is ok, to study Lync in your Lab. With only one Public IP it is not possible to use all external feature, but you can create also external network with your hyper-v virtual switch for testing.

    Only thing is with 32gb memory the environment will work a little bit slowly.

    regards Holger Technical Specialist UC

    Friday, February 5, 2016 5:30 PM
  • Hi SAA-SAA,


    I have a similar home lab (i7 3930K + 32GB RAM), it works well.

    I use only one Public IP for both Edge server and TMG 2010 server. By using TMG, you can use one Web Listener for more services, it means you can reuse the same port to provide one more services (e.g. Lync and Exchange Autodiscover).

    And with 1 Public IP, you have to use different port for the Edge services.


    Moreover, I would suggest you use SSD to avoid the performance issue.


    Best regards,



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    Monday, February 8, 2016 8:14 AM
  • Thank you Eric.

    Which motherboard do you use?  Also, any opinion/idea about the AMDs?

    I am planning to assemble my own PC.  If you do not mind, could you please let me know all the required spares.

    Thanks much in anticipation.


    Monday, February 8, 2016 5:12 PM
  • Hi SAA,

    I have TMG, DC, Exchange 2016, Office web app, SFB Frontend and SFB Edge on my Dell Precision M6500 with 32GB ram and 2x 512 SSD disk. Processor is i7 Q 740 1.73ghz(4 cpu). GFX is AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5800 series.

    Everything is working fine with not much lag. Highly recommend to get SSD disk for your virtual machines, since I had spin disk before and it was not do-able at all.

    Regarding Edge, you would need at least 2 external IP (one for everything else and 1 for Edge external interface) and TMG is really helpful for reverse proxy and other stuff.

    For all this I use Hyper-V and use 2 NIC (wired for Edge and TMG and wireless for other vms).

    I have made these guides from my lab

    Exchange 2016 : https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Installing-Exchange-2016-57d3f407

    Exchange 2013: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Install-Exchange-server-b5cce9e4

    SFB 2015: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Installing-Skype-for-78703118

    I used these guides:

    Installing TMG 2010: http://www.vkernel.ro/blog/install-forefront-tmg-2010-on-windows-server-2008-r2

    Installing Root CA: https://mizitechinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/step-by-step-deploying-a-standalone-root-ca-in-server-2012-r2-part-1/

    Get TMG,DC, Root CA and Web app server up and running before you setup the rest.Good luck!

    Please mark as helpful if you find my contribution useful or as an answer if it does answer your question. That will encourage me - and others - to take time out to help you. Thank you! Off2work

    • Proposed as answer by Eric_YangK Wednesday, February 24, 2016 2:42 PM
    • Marked as answer by Eric_YangK Sunday, February 28, 2016 3:00 PM
    Monday, February 8, 2016 7:58 PM
  • Thank you Off2Work.


    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 5:51 PM