Using Planning Tool of Lync 2010 before Installation

Before the Installation and after the pilot workshop, we should modify our topology for production area. Planning tool can help us to create a good topology for our organization. Let me explain how to use this tool to create a topology.

You can download Lync Server 2010 Planning Tool from internet, http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=19711, it is only 1 Mb MSI package and you can install it to your PC or laptop, my operation system is Windows 7.

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Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Infrastructure Requirements

All servers running Microsoft Lync Server 2010 must meet certain minimum system requirements. Each server of Lync Server must have minimum requirements which listed on installation guide.

This documents describe these minimum requirements which need us when buying hardware or installation . 32-bit edition of Lync Server 2010 is not available . Only 64-bit edition of Lync Server 2010 is available. We can only use 32-bit planning tool.

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Planning of Lync Server 2010

Lync Server 2010 implementation involves really good planning, while planning a unified communications solution these two tools will help you to have a good plan before deployment. Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Planning Tool and Topology Builder.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Planning tool is a wizard that will show us some questions about our organizations. End of the questions you will have a idea that what kind of topology do you need and have output of your installation.

Topology builder is a installation component of Lync 2010. It will help you to create your planned topology. And also you can validate your plans before Lync Server 2010 implementation. Of course it will help you but we can modify our topology while pilot phase.

Before roll out we have to pass some step if we really want to run Lync server without major problems. This is that we all steps are connected each others and we need good plan.

  • Preparing Technical deployment
  • Planning
  • Pilot rollout
  • Testing
  • Reviewing planned topology
  • Rollout
  • Training

Some administrators do not like to make plan too much but if you are a good administrator you have to spend more time for planning instead of installation. Because big mistake while installation will cause a bog trouble on your production environment.

Migration project has same steps and also migration steps.

What is Lync Server 2010

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It is new version of OCS 2007. Most of end users can say that it is normal Instant Messaging software like MSN Messenger. Lync 2010 adds value your organizations in different angles. Yes you are right, this IM but more secure. Besides it has different features like audio / Video conferencing and connection your telephone system (Enterprise Voice). On the other hand, It is not free as MSN but Lync worth it.

I would like to talk about more specific details about Lync 2010. If you have one office and less than 50 clients, It does not suit your organization. You have more than one office and more than 100 clients and most of your clients are mobile, yes Lync is excellent solution for your organization. Your clients can talk each other free on Lync, You can schedule meeting on Exchange and mobile clients can attend your meeting on mobile their phones.

Training in organizations which have more branches is a nightmare these days. Because you have to teach your stuff and travel costs are really expensive and instructors sometimes need more than one day to train stuff, so accommodation cost will be added your costs. Instead of travelling, we can use Lync or familiar technologies for training.

Enterprise Voice is them most difficult subject of the features of Lync. If we want to use this feature, we should roll it out after IM and Conferencing implementation. The organizations which want to use Lync do not need telephone exchange any more after Lync 2010. Lync can work with your telephone exchange. Besides there are a lot of VOIP telephone machines that are compatible Lync 2010.

Training your end users must be in your roll out plan. There are plenty new features on Lync 2010 and we have to teach end users and helpdesk technicians.

Create a child domain on Windows Server 2008 R2

If you have more than 2 branches in your organization and each branches has their administrator and you want to delegate some administrative jobs to your branch administrators, you can create a subdomain. This is really critical decision because more than 1 domain sometimes does not effective solution for your organization. If you have branches in same city and you can manage them from headquarter. I think you don’t need subdomain.

I think before your decision you need a help to create your infrastructure. why am I telling this, because everybody wants to manage complex big infrastructure but for our future career, we must design an infrastructure as simple as we can.

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Configuration Manager Central Administration Site Installation

As you know, SCCM 2012 is new version of SCCM 2007. there a lot of new features on Configuration Manager 2012. Most of them are about structure, other are about processes on management console.

as you know, there were two different installation on Configuration Manager 2007, primary site and secondary site. At the moment there is central administration site not including clients information and primary site that including all data of clients.

First of all you have to install Central Administration Site to your organization.

There are some little requirements to install configuration manager 2012. SQL server 2008 CU10 or higher. be careful that SQL server 2008 SP2 and SQL 2008 R2 do not supported.

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Configuration Manager Primary Site Installation

As you know, SCCM 2012 is new version of SCCM 2007. there a lot of new features on Configuration Manager 2012. Most of them are about structure, other are about processes on management console.

as you know, there were two different installation on Configuration Manager 2007, primary site and secondary site. At the moment there is central administration site not including clients information and primary site that including all data of clients.

second part of installation, you have to install Central Administration Site to your organization.

There are some little requirements to install configuration manager 2012. SQL server 2008 CU10 or higher. be careful that SQL server 2008 SP2 and SQL 2008 R2 do not supported. WSUS 3.0 SP1 or later is required and BITS and Remote Differential Compression must be installed.

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System Center Operation Manager 2012 Installation

Microsoft System Center Operation Manager 2012 needs some requirements before the installation. You need four user  to complete the installation and these user must not be domain administrator but one of them called “ScomAccess” must be Local Administrator on the server which Operation Manager will be deployed on

Domain Users list

ScomAction

ScomAccess

ScomReader

ScomWriter

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System Center Operation 2012 Requirements

System Center Operation Manager 2012 helps you to understand what’s going on at your organization and gives you a chance to solve problems before happening. Because some of problems are just a warning before becoming a incident.

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Minimum Requirements

  • Microsoft System Center Operation 2012 does not support SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Collection for all database must be SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS. Besides SQL Server Agent must be started
  • Processor 2.8 GHz or Faster
  • Not less than 2 GB Memory
  • 64-bit processor
  • PowerShell 2.0
  • IIS 7 with full features
  • 1 GB free disk space
  • Both .NET 3.5 SP1 and .NET 4.0 are required

Operations Manager Agent – Windows Computers

· Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2, Windows XP Professional SP3, or Windows Vista SP2, or Windows 7

· Processor Architectures: AMD64, i386, or IA64

· Windows Installer version: not less than version 3.1

· Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) version: Microsoft Core XML Services version 6.0 is required for the Operations Manager 2012 agent

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