Lync Server 2010 Planning Tool

The final release of the Planning Tool for Lync Server 2010 is now available for download! This tool help you to plan and deploy Lync Server 2010. Lync Server 2010 has a lot to offer, this can be very challenging to determine which server roles deploy, what ports to set, what certificates is required, what firewall settings and DNS settings need to change, and how to planning for mediation servers, Media gateways and SBA to your existing voice infrastructure. This Tool helps you by asking a series of questions and based on your answers, the tool will provides the some recommendation:

What’s New in the Planning Tool for Lync Server 2010?

  • You can select virtualized server roles for your topology.
  • The Planning Tool offers more granular capacity guidance than in earlier releases.
  • You can customize individual branch site information.
  • The topology pages display site information, such as number of users and number of enabled users for various modalities.
  • The Planning Tool invites you to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP), helping make the planning tool better.
  • You can view your edge network diagram and enter FQDNs and IP addresses and view the certificates, DNS settings, and firewall settings for your edge network in the central sites when using DNS Load Balancing or Hardware Load Balancing for Edge Servers. You can also import this information to Topology Builder. You can also export the diagram and the data to the Microsoft Visio drawing and diagramming software.
  • You can export your topology file to Topology Builder for a faster, easier Lync Server setup experience.
  • You can export the global topology, with its corresponding branch sites, as well as the number of concurrent calls connecting each central site, to the PSTN into Visio. The Visio output contains improved drawings for each of the site topologies.
  • The Planning Tool exports a list of the hardware for all sites, including branch sites, to a Microsoft Excel worksheet.
  • The Planning Tool accommodates more supported topologies for Enterprise Voice and dial-in conferencing.
  • Navigation between topologies and server information has been improved.
  • You can resize or maximize the Planning Tool window to better accommodate your screen resolution.
  • The Planning Tool provides a menu bar and a toolbar for available actions.
  • The Planning Tool incorporates new Microsoft Lync Server 2010 features and topology recommendations.
  • Users are now evenly distributed among the Front End pools.

Next week, I will post step by step guide from planning tool all the way to deployment of Lync Server 2010.

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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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