Installing Lync server is not that difficult if you have a basic understanding of topologies, active directories and DNS. In the part 1 of a 2 part tutorial, we would be talking about preparing the servers, installing the Lync server software, preparing active directories and first server and finally configuring the DNS. We would be installing the standard edition on Windows Server 2012
The first thing you need to have is a suitable environment for deployment which requires working directory services, DNS, certifying authority and a 2GB ram and 40GB hard drive for Lync active directory and a 4GB ram and 80GB hard drive for Lync federation. Now to prepare your front end server, ensure that the front end server is joined to the domain and a UI is installed for FE. The following features must be present in the front end:
Features: message queuing, remote server administration tools, desktop experience, and identity foundation 3.5.
The following roles must be present in web server (IIS), role services must be present:
Common http features installed, health and diagnostics (logging and tracing tools), performance (compression), security (filtering and authentication), management tools (consoles and scripts) and application development plug-in which include the Microsoft’s .NET frameworks, extensibilities and ISAPI extensions. You can install this using the windows server “Ad roles and features wizard”. After that you need to reboot the front end and login with the administrator role.
Now to install the Lync Server 2013, once you have inserted the cd-rom and run the setup.exe, you will be prompted to install visual C++ (unless you are a developer and already have that installed on your system)
Like all other installations, it gives you the ability to choose the location of your choice or you could use the default location and click next
A licensing agreement will popup next, just accept it and click OK to install. The installation would take a few minutes and once it’s complete, you would have the following applications on your system:
Lync server management and Lync server deployment wizard.
In order to prepare Lync Active directory, click prepare active directory. The first thing you need to do is click prepare schema which might take a couple of minutes, then verify replication of schema scripts, prepare the forest and select the local domain, skim through the screens till you reach prepare domain and then follow the following steps.
Now add the administrator to the CSAdministrator group after that go back to the deployment wizard and click prepare first standard edition server, keep on clicking next in the installation windows that appear in this setup. They would basically include the SQL server 2008 and lync server installation files will be sorted out.
The next big step that follows is configuring the DNS, for this open the DNS manager and right click on your domain under forward lookup zones then click other records and scroll down to SRV and click create record. Now we will add a DNS SRV record pointing to our LYNC FE server with the following credentials (as seen in the image)
You also need to create a DNS A record and repeat it for the meet and admin DNS A records. As shown in the image