A lot of my customers have been asking when this was coming since they wanted to begin planning for their virtualized and physical Lync server deployments. This tool has quite a few improvements over the RC planning tool. I pointed out some them below.

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This tool has a new virtualization option in the tool shown below:

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I like they added in the option for HLB or DNS LB:

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Looks like some of my feedback made it into the tool like this one. I asked them to make the Director optional for some smaller single pool deployments:

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Nice new virtualization pages:

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New collocation of mediation server option:

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Some tweaks to the Visio drawing where it shows virtualized roles now:

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New and very cool virtualization information listed here:

 

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Nice new breakdown of host and guest requirements for Lync deployments:

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Updated Edge network diagram:

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Grab the RTW Lync planning tool here.