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.

The tool is installed

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Click “Get Started”

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Do you need this feature? I think, Audio and video conferencing is really necessary for companies which have more 2 branches. This feature consume more CPU and memory, you should consider that when the time choosing virtual server or dedicate server has come

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This means Dial-in conferencing allow your user can join an audio/video conference from a telephone on the PSTN line.

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Why did we buy Lync Server 2010, of course we need Web cnferencing

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Enterprise voice feature is a software – powered VoIP solution. If we use VoIP, IM, Conferencing features with Microsoft Office Outlook (2010), Our users can choose the best solution to communicate others.

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I think this step is really important for future. Because we have Exchange Server 2010 Enterprise Edition licence and Enterprise CAL licences, I think we must deploy UM to our systems. After it is deployed, Lync Server 2010 will use UM to provide call answering , call notification etc…

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CAC means Wan bandwidth management

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This is the most important tool to be proactive. We can save all call details to understand what’s going on Lync

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Do we need to achieve conversation data?

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Federation, do you have another company which is using Lync 2010 or you want your users to use it such as Hotmail or yahoo?

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There the critical question is. It depends your organization, budget etc.. But my laptop is not enough for this feature

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Let’s design it

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Site name and number of users

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SIP Domain name (Local domain name) for this case

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Reducing cost is the subject of these days. Some features will run very well on dedicate servers

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Estimate conferencing setting which you will have to decide

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Voice setting

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It is about for telephone infrastructure

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UM setting, On the virtual system we don’t care of money

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External users will use but I don’t need high availability

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Which roles (Server) will run on virtual server

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Mediation server and frontend server can work together

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Do you have branches?

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No

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That’s it.

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You can see your topology, Edge server diagram, and Site summary

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