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.).
The Powershell commands to install the required roles and features for Lync 2013 (Windows Server 2012) :
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) :
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
Tools and References :
Office Web Apps Server