With the RTM release of Lync Server 2010, I have been asked by several education customers what they can do now to get ready for Lync Server 2010. I put together a few items which can be helpful for you:
A wide variety of sources for reading on Lync Server 2010 you can start with:
1) Lync Server 2010 Getting Started document here.
2) Grab all the Lync Server 2010 planning guides with the following:
Determining Your Infrastructure Requirements for Lync Server 2010 (RC).doc
Planning for Archiving Lync Server 2010 (RC).doc
Planning for Clients and Devices Lync Server 2010 (RC).doc
Planning for Enterprise Voice Lync Server 2010 (RC).doc
Planning for External User Access Lync Server 2010 (RC).doc
Planning for IM and Conferencing Lync Server 2010 (RC).doc
Planning for Other Features Lync Server 2010 (RC).doc
Planning for Your Organization Lync Server 2010 (RC).doc
3) View latest Lync Server reference links here as it gets updated in the next few weeks.
I recommend a non-production lab to ensure you are familiar with installation components, prereqs, etc.
1) Read the Lync Hardware Requirements document here.
2) Grab the Lync Server 2010 planning tool here to plan out your Lync infrastructure.
3) Download the RC bits for Lync Server 2010 here. The final release bits should be available for labs around November 17th. Check for them here.
4) Follow the step by step Lync Server 2010 Lab installation guide here.
1) If you have OCS or OCS R2, I would run the OCS Best Practices Analyzer tool to ensure everything is healthy prior to deploying Lync Server 2010. Grab it here. Once it is installed, run “Check for Updates” as there are newer rules/checks available for R2. Clean up any glaring errors as Lync may check for some of these during setup and not allow you to continue.
2) Assess your current Active Directory environment. The following are supported for Lync Server 2010:
For Domain Controllers:
For Domain and Forest levels:
Type of AD topologies:
In upcoming posts, we will include information around Lync Server setup, coexistence, etc.