Let me start my Lync walkthrough series.
Before you start deploying Lync Server, there is a tool that can help you plan your topology. So the first step is to use the Lync Server Planning Tool.
This will give some ideas on how Lync is been set up.
When you first time run the Planning Tool, it opens with a Customer Experience Improvement Program window. It asks you to participate in the program by sending anonymous information about your tool usage to Microsoft. Go ahead and select Yes. It’ll help the product team to work better.
STEP 1: Welcome screen…
The first screen you see is the Welcome window. From here you have three options:
“Get Started” – Wizard Guided,
“Design Sites” – You can design your own Sites
“Display” – This is to display a your saved topology.
For this, let’s select “Get Started”
STEP 3: Dial-In Conferencing
Next screen asking you do you want to deploy Dial-In Conferencing. Dial-in Conferencing enables you to call into a conference from any phone. Dial-in Conferencing also require there is a need to deploy the Conferencing Attendant and Conferencing Announcement Service apps. let’s select “Yes”
STEP 4: Web Conferencing
After Dial-in Conferencing, next screen is Web Conferencing. You’ll need this if you plan to use Lync for meetings in any form (presentations, collaborations, etc.) Let’s select “Yes.”
STEP 6: Exchange Unified Messaging
This screen is Exchange Unified Messaging. It require you to deploy Exchange Server 2007 or 2010. And the Exchange UM role cannot be virtualized. Let’s select “Yes” for now.
STEP 7: Call Admission Control
Call Admission Control. This screen asking do you want to install bandwidth management into your deployment. If a new voice or video session would clog up existing connections, Call Admission Control can either blocks it or routes it to a PSTN phone. So let’s select “Yes”
STEP 8: Monitoring
Lync Monitoring Server tracks the call detail records to Unified Communication sessions, and also collecting quality metrics at the end of each session. Microsoft “strongly recommends” this to be deploy. So? Select “Yes”
STEP 10: Federation
Federation enable you to communicate between your company to one or more external organization. It also enable you to connecting your IM to public IM networks like MSN, AOL and Yahoo. I select “Yes” for this demo.
STEP 12: Network Connection
(You’re half done!)
Features Overview is now complete. Next you’ll be asking to enter some information about each site in the Design Sites wizard. Click “Design Sites” to continue.
STEP 13: Central Sites
Central Site is where you will be asked to enter a Site Name and Number of Users. I entered “Main Site” and “10,000” respectively. Below this is a list of your choices from the planning wizard. If you want to change, you can change it here.
STEP 16: Conference Settings
This screen asking, how many meeting concurrent do you expected to have? and what is the Dial-in Conference and Web Conference usage. For this demo, I select default.
STEP 17: Voice Settings
This screen you can set how many users in your organization get to use voice! (you can “Enable All Users” of course.) Others option asking you what is the percentage of calls to external, Media Bypass, Types of calls, Response Group and Call Park Service. This is related to Call Admission Control in Step 7.
STEP 18: Voice Infrastructure
This is asking how do you want to deploy you Lync into your current PBX infrastructure.
- I plan to deploy gateways using a direct PSTN connection (this is where you plan to connect directly from PSTN to your gateway)
- I plan to use SIP Trunking (this is where you plan to use the SIP Trunk services)
- I have an existing voice infrastructure with a PBX deployed (this is where you want to connect your Lync to your existing PBX)
If you select to have co-exist with your PBX under Infrastructure. this option will be enable.
- I have an IP-PBX that is qualified with Microsoft Lync Server (Direct SIP)
- I plan to deploy an IP-PBX that requires gateways
- I have already deployed a TDM-PBX
If you select option 1 in PBX, which this will be enable checkbox to you.
- My IP-PBX supports DNS load balancing
- My IP-PBX supports media bypass
This is asking what kind of line do you using. T1 or E1 line
Type of Gateway
That all for now, I will continue in next post