Lync 2010 Planning Tool (RC) – Under the hood -Part 1

So what I’ve decided to do after thinking about this give a  multipart series on the Lync Server 2010 Planning Tool (RC).  Now you may ask, its just a standard planning tool similar to OCS, well that is where you would be wrong.  The Lync Server 2010 Planning Tool combines some wish list items from the previous versions and also combines some different tools into the complete package now. 

This time I want to beyound the inital options of what do I want to deploy in my enviroment to looking at the Edge Configuration of the tool.  So let’s get started…

One of the items to take in consideration now with the planning tool is being able to import your xml into topology builder.
Take a look at the screenshot below, once you have gone through the selection choices of what you want to deploy in your enviroment you will be able to view your proposed topology.  

After reviewing the topology and making sure this is what you want you will need to export the configuration to topology builder.  


Notice at the top of the view window you can select to Export to Topology Builder.Topology Builder takes the XML file provided by the Planning Tool, and displays the topology. You can then use Topology Builder to make any adjustments that you want,such as changing IP addresses and fully qualified domain names. After you are done with the modifications you have Topology Builder validate the topology, and then, if all is well, you can publish the topology.

When you publish the topology, Lync Server puts the topology into the Central Management store, which then you will go to install Lync Server on each server in your deployment, the server reads the topology from the Central Management store and installs itself to fit into its role in your deployment.

The next piece of the planning tool I will talk about is the Edge Planning.

Byron Spurlock



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