Client Virtualization in Microsoft Lync 2010 describes the supported functionality, environments, and tools, and outlines a series of best practice recommendations for running the Microsoft Lync 2010 communications software client in a virtualized environment. What isn’t covered are scale requirements and recommendations. This is because scale requirements for a given enterprise depend on enterprise applications that must reside alongside Lync 2010, and this would need to be identified case-by-case.

Author: Ajit Kalele

Publication date: May 2011

Product version: Microsoft Lync 2010

The white paper, Client Virtualization in Microsoft Lync 2010, is now available in the Microsoft Download Center. This document touches on different client virtualization technologies and the benefits for each of the technologies, including improved manageability, data security, and “anywhere” data access. All the supported capabilities in Lync 2010 are described across multiple vendor products and architectures.

The final section of the document calls out the deployment recommendations for Lync 2010 in a virtualized environment (across different architectures) with Office 2010 integration. Information is also provided about the known limitations of using Microsoft Lync 2010 in a full desktop remoting environment.

The Test Environment appendix covers the test environments as follows:

  • Product Versions, Architectures, and Environments
  • Full Desktop Remoting using Citrix XenDesktop 4.0
  • Full Desktop Remoting using Microsoft RDS
  • Application remoting using Microsoft RemoteApp
  • Application Streaming using Microsoft App-V 4.6.1053

Information about virtualization support for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software is in the Microsoft Download Center, Server Virtualization for Microsoft Lync Server 2010.

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