Sep 14

Lync Server 2010 Release Candidate installation


Here is a new blog that will cover the basic installation of a Lync Server 2010 Release candidate (Standard Edition). This will allow you all to see the great end-user experience improvements. Furthermore it will give you a nice head start for building your own lab environment/playground.



You should have somesort of Certificate Authority in place. A nice ‘enhancement’ is that clients that do not have the CA, they will be prompted if they want to trust the certificate.

And use this website to configure your internal DNS records:


  • Operating System should be Windows 2008 SP2 or Windows 2008 R2, both 64 bit.
  • Domain Controller with Forest level of 2003. Operating system can be 2003, 2008, 2008 R2.


Release Candidate Lync Server 2010:


I’m building this server scenario. Lync Server 2010 can have the Mediation server running on the Front-end, so I will implement a single server with all roles installed on it:

Domain Controller

I will not document the steps how to install a domain controller… there is a limit on blogging…

It is a clean installation, so no OCS 2007/2007 R2 co-existence part.

Lync Server 2010 – Standard Edition installation

Prepare Active Directory

  1. Get the prerequisites installed using the Powershell commands:
    1. Import-Module ServerManager
    2. Add-Windowsfeature AS-NET-Framework,Web-Server,Web-Http-Redirect,Web-ISAPI-Filter,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-Asp-Net,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Log-Libraries,Web-Http-Tracing,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Filtering,Web-Stat-Compression,Web-Mgmt-Tools,Web-Scripting-Tools,RSAT-AD-Tools,RSAT-ADDS-Tools,web-asp,Web-Client-Auth
  2. Reboot the server.
  3. Double click the Setup.exe in the setup folder, select Yes if prompted to have Visual C++ 2008 installed.
  4. Select the installation path and click Install.
  5. Select the I accept the terms in the license agreement and click OK.
  6. Select Active Directory Preparation and Click Run at Step1: Prepare Schema. This modifies the Schema to support Lync Server 2010.
  7. Verify Replication of Schema Partition and Click Run at Step 3; Prepare Current Forest.
  8. Verify Replication of Global Catalog and Click Run at Step 5; Prepare Current Domain.
  9. Verify replication
  10. Make your administrator account member of the RTCUniversalServerAdmins and CSAdministrator.


Prepare first Standard Edition server

  1. Click the Prepare first Standard Edition server
  2. Take the Next Next Next Finish principle..

Topology Builder

  1. Create a share called ‘share’.
  2. Click Install Topology Builder. This is a new and excellent feature to design your Lync environment, delegate installation, single location for maintaining the configuration (instead of various levels in AD and SQL)
  3. Start the Topology and select New topology
  4. Save the file somewhere safe..
  5. Fill in your SIP domain, Option additional supported SIP domains, Name of First site, City, State, Country and click Finish.
  6. A New Front End pool wizard pops up. Fill in the wizard. I’m creating a standard Edition server which FQDN std01.contoso.local is.
  7. It is supporting all features (Conferencing, Dial-in conferencing, Enterprise Voice, Call Admission Control) and will be collocating the Mediation Server.
  8. For this demo, I will not use Archiving, Monitoring or an Edge Pool.
  9. Create a new fileshare on the same server.
  10. Define the external Base URL:
  11. Add a new PSTN gateway for accessing the Media Gateway. Enter the IP and 5060 as default port. Finish
  12. Publish the Topology use right mouse click on Lync Server 2010, select Publish Topology… Select the Standard Edition server and click Next.

Install Lync Server System

  1. Click Install or Update Lync Server System
  2. Click Run at Step 1; Install Local Configuration Store
  3. Select Retrieve directly from the Central Management Store.
  4. Click Run at Step 2; Setup or Remove Lync Server Components. Click Finish. Reboot the server
  5. Click Run at Step 2; Setup or Remove Lync Server Components.
  6. Click Run at Step 3; Request, Install or Assign Certificates.
  7. Use the certificate wizard to get the certificates. Request it from the internal Certificate Authority.
  8. Assign the certificate.
  9. Click Run at Step 4; Start Services
  10. Lync Server is installed and running!
  11. Go to https://std01.contoso.local/cscp for configuring the environment.

I’m working on the Polycom CX600 / CX3000 integration… They look pretty nice ;-)

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    • roclafamilia on 21/10/2010 at 12:13

    Helpful blog, bookmarked the website with hopes to read more!

  1. I’ll be back again, thanks for the info.

  2. Thank you, I have recently been searching for information about this topic for ages and yours is the best I have discovered so far.

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