In my case I have already completed the Active Directory preparation steps and provided you are logged in with a Domain Admin or equivalent account and your AD is in good shape this should complete without a hitch (it did in my case! As per the installation steps, once this is completed add your chosen admin account to the newly created CSAdministrator group.
Now the fun stuff, we need to define our topology by launching the topology builder via the start menu, as explained earlier Lync offers a difference in architecture to OCS 2007 and the Central Management Store (CMS) is no exception.
The CMS is a SQL database where you publish your chosen topology, this takes away the dependency for Lync to require the AD for configuration purposes and is required to complete the installation.
Upon launching the Topology Builder we are presented with three options, choose New Topology (see below).
RTM of Microsoft Lync 2010 (previously Communications Server ‘14’) is now available for download.
This major new release offers a radical difference to the previous architecture and unlike its predecessors (Communications Server 2007 R1/2 and to a certain degree Live Communications Server 2005) offers a streamlined and consolidated deployment, great for smaller scale implementations which are not overly abundant to date.
This guide (update: video version now available here) will run through a consolidated standard edition install (without voice gateway integration, I’ll try and come back to this later), whereby all roles will be deployed on a single virtual machine except monitoring, archiving and edge roles – yes this is a supported scenario!So first off I’ll run you through some high-level preparation steps/assumptions: Upon inserting (or mounting) your Lync RC ISO Internet Explorer will present the following options (left is server and right the client x32/x64 editions included).The first thing you’ll see upon execution is a prompt asking you to install Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable, click yes to install.A few minutes later the following dialogue will appear.Given my single partition setup, I choose to accept the default installation directory.Now you will be presented with a familiar looking wizard that will guide you through the install process.