Lync 2013 :

Installation is pretty straight forward supported by very good installation instructions available in the net (see below).

A quick comparison with IBM’s Sametime v8+ in regards to the feature set I don’t see any major differences (evangelists will disagree) – instant messaging with audio / video, web conferencing and enterprise voice complemented with interfaces to PSTNs and video conferencing systems. I like the Lync client (2013) look & feel as I do with the new interface in general (Sharepoint, Visual Studio, Office Applications, Windows etc.).

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The Powershell commands to install the required roles and features for Lync 2013 (Windows Server 2012) :

Import-Module ServerManager
Add-WindowsFeature Web-Static-Content,Web-Default-Doc,Web-Http-Errors,Web-Asp-Net,Web-Asp-Net45,Web-Http-Logging,Web-Log-Libraries,Web-Http-Tracing,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Client-Auth,Web-Filtering,Web-Stat-Compression,Web-Dyn-Compression,Web-Mgmt-Console,Web-Scripting-Tools,NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45, -Source D:source

Having finished running through the different deployment steps add the language pack; also apply latest updates.

Due to the fact, that the installation was running smoothly (after several attempts : ) I add only those installation issues which required “special” attention :

  • In Lync 2013, the client tracing folder in now located here: %userprofile%AppDataLocalMicrosoftOffice15.0LyncTracing
  • To synchronize the address book “immediately”:  reg add HKLMSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftOffice15.0Lync /v GalDownloadInitialDelay /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
  • If your PC is not part of your Windows domain you need to add the root certificate to your certificate store (keychain for Mac)

Office Web Apps (OWA) :

The Powershell commands to install the required roles and features for OWA (Windows Server 2012) :

Import-Module ServerManager
Add-WindowsFeature Web-Server,Web-Mgmt-Tools,Web-Mgmt-Console,Web-WebServer,Web-Common-Http,Web-Default-Doc,Web-Static-Content,Web-Performance,Web-Stat-Compression,Web-Dyn-Compression,Web-Security,Web-Filtering,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-App-Dev,Web-Net-Ext45,Web-Asp-Net45,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-ISAPI-Filter,Web-Includes,InkandHandwritingServices

For a Lync integration a OWA server is to be deployed with HTTPS; once done enable the deployment with below powershell command :

New-OfficeWebAppsFarm -InternalUrl “https://owa.private.lan” -CertificateName “owa.private.lan” -EditingEnabled

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Tools and References :

LYNC

Deploying Lync Server 2013

Lync Server 2013 Deployment – Part 1

Lync Server 2013 Management Pack

Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Debugging Tools

Updates for Lync Server 2013

Microsoft Lync Server 2013, Planning Tool

Reference Topology

Office Web Apps Server

Description of the Office Web Apps Server 2013 update

Configuring Integration with Office Web Apps Server and Lync Server 2013