Evaluating Lync Server 2013: Installation steps

John Joyner takes you through the steps to prepare and install an evaluation copy of Lync Server 2013.

Microsoft’s real-time communications (RTC) and collaboration application Lync has gained a lot of users and even fans in the last few years. Building on preceding Microsoft products, Live Communications Server (LCS) and Office Communications Server (OCS) going back a decade,

# 6 Accept the license agreement and installation of Microsoft Lync Server 2013, Core Components will begin.

#7 The Lync Server 2013 Deployment Wizard welcome screen will appear as shown in Figure B. To continue, click on the first task, Prepare Active Directory.

Lync Server 2013 Deployment Wizard guides installation.

#8 Preparing AD for Lync Server involves seven (7) steps that are clear and easy to execute from the tasks shown in composite screen shot in Figure C. Begin by clicking Run on the first step, and follow the tips from the wizard to complete the seven steps. Click Back when all steps are complete.

Prepare Active Directory for Lync Server has 7 steps.

#9 Returning you to the Lync Server 2013 Deployment Wizard seen in Figure A, click on Prepare First Standard Edition Server, which becomes available after preparing AD. Figure D shows the next section of the wizard, and lets you know that SQL Server 2012 Express will be automatically installed and configured. Click Next and the remainder of the setup including SQL Server 2012 Express is hands-off.

Starting to prepare the first Standard Edition Lync server.

#10 Configure your private DNS records: You will define DNS SRV records (_tcp_sipinternals: 5061) and host records for the meet, dialin, and admin names that point to your Lync 2013 server.

#11 Again at the Lync Server 2013 Deployment Wizard seen in Figure A, click now on Install Administrative Tools. Following this, you will find some tiles on your desktop as seen in Figure E. Run the Lync Server Topology Builder application and select New Topology.

Lync Server 2013 Administrative Tools

 #12 In the Create New Topology dialog page, enter the primary SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) domain for your company. On a following page you can specify additional supported SIP domains. You will need to name your Lync site and provide some location details--you can add additional Lync sites later using the New Site wizard.

#13 After creating the new topology, continue with the New Front End Wizard task. Figure F shows the first page of this wizard and the bullets list the main tasks to be completed.

Define New Front End Pool wizard provisions your Lync server.

#14 To deploy a Standard Edition Lync server, enter the AD fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the Lync server computer when prompted. Next you will decide what additional Lync features to install as shown in Figure G. Instant Messaging (IM) and presence are always enabled, and while most other options are only used with enterprise voice and advanced setups, consider deploying the conferencing features for your evaluation.

Selecting additional Lync server features to deploy.

#15 In following wizard pages, for your evaluation, you can bypass the Mediation and Edge Pool services without entering anything, just click Next. Likewise, for your evaluation, accept the default settings regarding using SQL Server Express and creating a file share.

#16 At the Specify the Web Services URL page, modify the External Base URL to match the public DNS name that will be used for Internet-based Lync services.

#17 At the Select an Office Web App Server page, for your evaluation, unselect the Associate pool with and Office Web App Server option. (This means you can’t share PowerPoint presentations during meetings. If you need to evaluate this feature, follow the steps in the wizard to set up a new Office Web App Server.) Click Finish to complete the front end deployment.

Publish Lync topology and install Lync Server

After completing the server setup steps, the next task is to publish the Lync topology. Follow these steps to publish the topology, essentially deploying and activating the Lync features you selected with the configuration settings defined during server setup.

  1. From the Lync Server 2013, Topology Builder screen, select Action -> Publish Topology. At the Publish the Topology page, click Next.
  2. A “to-do” list will appear in Notepad after the wizard is complete. The list will remind you of the DNS hostname entries that are required and that certificates may need to be issued or reissued to match the listed hostnames.
  3. From the Lync Server 2013 Deployment Wizard, select the link Install or Update Lync Server System. Execute the four steps shown in Figure H to complete the server installation. Consult the reference at More Information below on detailed steps.

Running the install or update Deployment wizard is the last step.

More Information

Microsoft has a free e-book, Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Step By Step for Anyone, by Microsoft Lync MVP Matt Landis that gives step by step instructions on how to install Lync Server 2013 on Windows Server 2012: