Pre-requisites For Installing Lync 2010 Std Edition On Windows 2008 R2…

As more and more companies are deploying the unified communications product suite from Microsoft, 2011 will be a good time to master Lync 2010. With that in view, following are the AD requirements for installing Lync. All domain controllers should be running Windows 2003 (32 or 64bit) or higher. Forest & domain functional level should…

As more and more companies are deploying the unified communications product suite from Microsoft, 2011 will be a good time to master Lync 2010.

Lync Server 2010

With that in view, following are the AD requirements for installing Lync.

  • All domain controllers should be running Windows 2003 (32 or 64bit) or higher.
  • Forest & domain functional level should be Windows 2003 native mode or higher.
  • 2003 mixed mode is not supported.
  • Atleast one GC should be available in each domain where you deploy Lync server.

AD schema has to be updated before Lync server can be installed. The pre-requisites are Lync Server Core components (which includes Lync Shell), .NET Framework 3.5.1 with SP1 & Remote server administration tools. IIS 7 features are required at a later stage and hence it is better to install all of these together in one go (with a single server restart).

Hence, run the following from an elevated PowerShell window to prepare your server to install Lync & update AD schema.

Import-Module ServerManager

Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Static-Content,Web-Default-Doc,Web-Http-Errors,Web-Http-Redirect,Web-Asp-Net,Web-Net-Ext,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-ISAPI-Filter,Web-Http-Logging,Web-Log-Libraries,Web-Http-Tracing,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Client-Auth,Web-Filtering,Web-Stat-Compression,Web-Mgmt-Console,Web-Scripting-Tools –Restart

If you are installing Lync on a 2008 SP2 Server, Powershell 2.0 has to be installed as well.

Preparing the schema, forest & domain are part of the Lync 2010 Deployment Wizard, which makes the process easier.

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