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Andrew J. Price | Technical Blog

Office Servers and Services MVP | Founder of UC and Cloud Day | Founder of Microsoft Cloud User Group

The Complete Home Lync Lab – Part 2 Installing Lync Standard Server 2013 and Activating users for Lync

Hello Readers

As continuing on Part 1, we are now going to look at Installing Microsoft Lync 2013 before than moving on to Part 3 – Installing Lync 2013 Monitoring and Lync Edge Server. As always there are a couple of pre-requisites we need to complete before inserting the media into the Server.

If you are not installing Lync 2013 Pre-requisites this way you are doing it wrong. My fellow colleague from The UC Architects Pat Richard has created the one of the best scripts that can be in any Lync Specialist tool kit.

Download .\Set-Cs2013Features from http://www.ehloworld.com/1697 and select option 3 to install Lync Front End Server.

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And following the on screen prompts, its couldn’t be any simpler. You will need an internet connection into this machine as its downloads three components to C:\_Install or you can manually place the files but doing this will not ensure you have got the latest versions.

Files can be found here http://1drv.ms/1mcSJsr – Update as of 03/07/14

Once you have installed your Pre-requisites we can insert the Lync 2013 Media if you havent already joined this Server to the domain, please do so before continuing.

As always I will be using a Service Account install Lync 2013 and you need to ensure you have the following permissions

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Now insert your Lync Media and Run Setup.exe

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Click Yes –> Click Yes

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Click Install

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Tick “I accept the terms” –> Press OK –> Once installation is complete you will be welcomed by the below window

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Click Prepare Active Directory –> Click Run under Step 1: Prepare Schema

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Press Next –> Press Finish

Step 2 is a manual process to check replication. If you are unsure how to do this click on the link under Help

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Step 3: Prepare Current Forest –> Click Run –> Press Next –> Press Next –> Press Finish

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Step 4 is a manual process to check Forest Preparation. If you are unsure how to do this click on the link under Help

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Step 5: Prepare Current Domain –> Press Next –> Press Finish

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Step 6/7 are a manual process. If you are unsure how to do this click on the link under Help

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Press Back

Press Prepare first Lync Standard Edition –> Press Next

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This will now cache all the required files and install, then once complete press Finish

Now click Install Administrative Tools –> Press Next

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Once the installation is complete which should take seconds, now go to your Start Menu and Click Lync Topology Builder

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Tick New Topology –> Press Ok

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Give the saved file a name –> Press Save

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Enter your Primary SIP domain –> Press Next –> Press Next

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Enter Name of your site and Enter Description –> Press Next

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Enter City –> Enter State/Province –> Enter Country/Region Code –> Press Next –> Press Finish

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Press Next

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Tick Standard Edition Server –> Enter FQDN of your Server –> Press Next

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Tick Conferencing –> Press Next

We will re-visit the other features later in this series.

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Press Next –> Press Next –> Press Next

You can change the below if it doesnt your OCD

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I will change the File Share name from share to LyncShare so its a bit more descriptive.

Press Next

You will need now specify the external URL. I will be using web.lyncme.co.uk, this will be important for later in this series.

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Press Next

Untick Associate pool –> Press Finish

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You will now have your Lync Topology

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Before we continue. We need to make sure the LyncShare is created and has the correct permissions

I have created my LyncShare on the root of C: on the Lync Server and set the following permissions

You will need to change the permissions on the Sharing Tab

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Click “Advanced Sharing” –> Tick “Share” –> “Permissions

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Add the following Security Groups

  • RTCHSUniversalServices
  • RTCComponentUniversalServices
  • RTCUniversalServerAdmins
  • RTCUniversalConfigReplicator

With Full Control Permission

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Press “Apply” and “OK

We can now go back to the Lync Topology Builder and Publish the topology

Click Action –> Publish Topology –> Press Next –> Press Next

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Once complete you should see the below

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We now need to go back to the Lync Deployment Wizard, Click Install or Update Lync Server System

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Under Step 1: Install Local Configuration Store, Click Run

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Press Next –> Press Finish once complete

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Under Step 2: Setup or Remove Lync Server Components, Click Run

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Press Next –> Press Finish

Under Step 3: Request, Install or Assign Certificates, Click Run

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Press Request

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Press Next –> Press Next –> Press Next –> Press Next –> Press Next

Enter a Friendly Name, Press Next

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Enter Organization –> Enter Organization Unit –> Press Next

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Specify Country/Region –> Enter State –> Enter City –> Press Next

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Press Next –> Press Next –> Press Next –> Press Next

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Press Next –> Press Finish

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Press Next –> Press Next

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Press Finish

You will now need to repeat the same process for OAuthTokenIssuer

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Once complete press Close

Under Step 4: Start Services, Click Run

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Now to complete this install you need to add a couple of A Records to your DNS Server which should be on your Domain Controller.

You will need to add under Public Name

  • Meet
  • Dialin

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You will need to add under domain name SRV Record

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Now you have a working Lync Server and DNS Records, you just need to add a Lync User and you will able to sign into Lync

Now back on the Lync Server launch the Lync Server Control Panel

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Login with an account that is apart of the CSAdministrator

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Once you have opened CSCP, Navigate to Users –> Click Enable Users

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Click Add –> Find the user(s) you want to active for Lync that have an Exchange Mailbox

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Select – Press OK

Assign user to a pool –> Tick Use Users email address –> Press Enable

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This concludes this post, if you have Lync 2013 client you will be able to logon as the user you just activated

Regards

Andrew Price

6 thoughts on “The Complete Home Lync Lab – Part 2 Installing Lync Standard Server 2013 and Activating users for Lync

  1. Hi – I have a single front end lync 2013 standard edition on sql express. i would like to add Archiving and Monitoring for which, I would need sql full install. I cannot complete the task with sql express. I have sql 2012 entp running on app-v server. Can, i use App-V server to colocate the DB for archving and monitoring. Appreciate your input.

    I was this guide on the NET bit late. If, I had seen this before, I would have gone for Lync 2013 Enterprise with SQL 2012 Entp. I don’t want to mess the lab that is already setup. Everything on Lync 2013 on the client side is working.

    Thanks

    Ram

    1. Hi Ram

      This should work in theory as you can collocate the databases on to the same sql instance. The thing to watch out for will be spec on the sql server to make sure there no bottle neck in speed and performance.

  2. Thanks for the input. This is home lab for learning.

    In fact App-V server should be fine as, I have limited # of Virtual apps & users. I will use App-V server SQL 2012 Entp to colocate Lync 2013 Archiving/Monitoring DB.

    Will use Lync Topology Builder to enable Archiving/Monitoring and then point Archiving SQL Server Store (appv.infotechram.com\default).

    Ram

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