Walk Through – Lync Server 2010 Planning Tool (Part 2)

So sorry for the delay. Let’s continue the walkthrough

STEP 20: External User Access
This window mainly serve for Edge Server Role. its asking you do you want to deploy edge for external user access, and what is the percentage of user going to access. And do you want to have HA and what type of load balancing do you want to have? DNS or Hardware Load Balancer?
lastly, do you want to deploy director as well?

If you enable access for external users by deploying Edge Servers, it always recommend you should also deploy a Director. A Director is a server running Microsoft Lync Server 2010 that authenticates user requests, but does not home any user accounts. When you use a Director to authenticate external users, it does the following:

  • Relieves servers in the Front End pool from the overhead of performing authentication of these users.
  • Helps insulate internal Front End pools from malicious traffic, such as denial-of-service (DoS) attacks.
  • Ends traffic at the Director when the network is flooded with invalid external traffic in a DoS or similar attack. As a result, internal users should not experience any effect on performance.

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when you click “Next” a popup telling you that Hardware Load Balancer is recommended. but do you still want to continue with DNS Load Balancer? Click “Yes” to continue.

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STEP 21: Virtualization of Server Roles
This screen is telling you that in early question you indicate you want to virtualized the servers.

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STEP 22: Collocation
You do have a option to collocation Mediation Server.

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STEP 23: Branch Sites
This window serves to let you enter the number of Branch Sites.

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STEP 24: Add Another Central Site
This is the last question that planning tools is asking. This ask do you want to add another Central Site? For this demo, we select ‘No’.

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STEP 25: Planning Tool Finished Successfully
Last slide! This is just an information.

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Click “Draw” to have the Lync Planning Tool draw your topology!
You’ll have a full map of your Lync deployment. The tabs along the bottom give edge diagrams and information.

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From here you can save the planning to Excel, Visio or Topology Builder.

The second part of the walkthrough ended here. Next I will continue the part 3 with the deployment.

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About David Lim

David has over 15 years of experience in IT industry in designing and implementing Microsoft Solutions ranging from small to enterprise customer. He also has experience in designing and developing Microsoft Unified Communications, Collaboration and Office 365 solutions with focus on Exchange, Lync & SharePoint as well as strategic migration planning in complex business environments. He is specializing in architecture and design of Lync Voice deployments. He has been actively involved in various speaking engagements, the recent being the sessions on Lync On-Premise and Office Interoperability in September 2011 and Office 365 Introduction in November 2011. In recognition of his high-quality real-world technical excellence with the community and with Microsoft, David received the prestigious Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award in April 2011.
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