Lync 2013 Standard Installation Guide

Below are the step by step instructions to install Lync Server 2013 Standard Edition Front End on Windows Server 2012. Here is an outline of what we will do:

  1. Prepare Servers
  2. Install Lync Server 2013
  3. Prepare Active Directory
  4. Prepare First Server
  5. Configure DNS
  6. Build Topology
  7. Install Lync Server System
  8. Add & Enable AD Users
  9. Login to Lync 2013

Prepare Environment

Some prerequisites for you Lync system:

You will need 1 AD Server O/S and 1 Lync Server O/S


Lync requires 64bit O/S

This guide is Using Windows Server 2012 64bit

but Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 should work fine as well.

Make Sure you have the below role running on your AD Server



(Directory Services)



AD-CS (Certificate Authority)

Tip: I suggest 2GB and 40GB hard drive for AD server and 4GB and 80GB for Lync Front End server for some quick guidance for a lab system.

Prepare Your Front End Server

Server Requirements

Front End server must be joined to domain

FE must have UI installed

Install Silverlight (will save time later)

Front End Must have these Features


Web Server (IIS)


Message Queuing | Message Queuing Services

Remote Server Administration Tools | Role Administration Tools | AD DS and AD LDS Tools

User Interfaces and Infrastructure | Desktop Experience

Windows Identity Foundation 3.5

.NET Framework 3.5 Features

.NET Framework 3.5

HTTP Activation (Important!)

Non-HTTP Activation

.NET Framework 4.5 (all options)


Web Server (IIS)

Role Services

Common Http Features Installed


Default doc

Https errors

Health and Diagnostics

Http logging

Logging Tools



Static Content Compression

Dynamics Content Compression


Request Filtering

Client Cert Mapping Authentication

Windows Authentication

Management Tools

IIS Mgt Console

IIS mgt Scripts and Tools

Application Development



.NET extensibility 3.5

.NET extensibility 4.5

ISAPI extensions

ISAPI Filters

Install using Windows Server 2012 “Add Roles and Features Wizard”




Reboot Front End and login as Domain Administrator.

Tip: You can also install these prerequisites using Powershell scripts:

Install Lync Server 2013

Insert CD and Run Setup.exe. You will be prompted to install Visual C++, click “Yes” (below)




You can accept default location and click Install (below)




Accept Terms and click “Ok” to install.




When install is complete (3minute wait time) you will have below apps on your server and the Lync Server Deployment Wizard (below) will appear.




Lync Server Manager

Lync Server Deployment Wizard

Lync Server Logging

(Note: Logging tool is missing from Lync 2013 Preview)

Note: Microsoft Lync Server 2013 has a new centralized logging mechanism. This is the reason for the logging tool not being installed with Lync Server 2013 Preview. Jens Trier Rassmussen has a complete article on this subject at http://bit.ly/S3DL4Q. Also, Randy Wintle has written a Powershell UI for this new central logging at http://bit.ly/Pbbp8v.




Prepare Active Directory

Click “Prepare Active Directory”. (As noted in prerequisites, you will need AD DS and AD LDS Tools Feature installed on your Front End to complete this step.)




Step 1: Prepare Schema. (takes 1minute, and you may need to wait a couple minutes before this and step 2)

Step 2: Verify Replication of Schema is not necessary if this is a Lab and there is only one AD server—you can safely keep moving to step 3.

Step 3: Prepare Forest | Next | select Local Domain | Next (5sec)

Step 4: just keep moving

Step 5: Prepare Domain | Next (5sec)

Step 6: just keep moving

Step 7 below




Add Lync Administrative User To Admin Group

Add the Administrator to CSAdministrator group (shownbelow)



: the user running setup needs to be Administrator of the Lync FE local machine.




Prepare First Standard Edition Server

Now lets go back to the Deployment Wizard and click “Prepare first Standard Edition server”.




You will see the below “Prepare single Standard Edition Server” wizard window and you can just click “Next”. During this process the below will be installed:

SQL Server 2008 Express Edition will be installed

RTC databases will be created and populated

Lync Server installation files will be put in place


(Note: as noted in prereqs, Windows Identity Foundation 3.5 must be installed for this process to complete successfully)




(Time: on new AD with no users, 6-10 minutes to Prepare first Server)

Configure DNS Records

Lets open DNS Manager on AD server. Right click on your domain (in our case lab.local) under Forward Lookup Zones, click “Other New Records…” and scroll down to “Service Location (SRV)” and click Create Record.




Will will add a DNS SRV record pointing at our Lync FE Server FQDN (FE01.lab.local in our case)

Service = _sipinternaltls

Protocol = _tcp

Port number = 5061

Host Offering the service = fqdn of Lync Std. FE server or Pool. (In our case FE01.lab.local)





: a DNS A record should already be pointing to Lync Front End Server (FE01.lab.local)

We will also create 3 DNS A Records. Right click, “New Host (A or AAAA)…” Add a DNS A record for




as shown below




Repeat this for meet and admin DNS A Records.

Now lets go back to the Deployment Wizard and click “Install Administrative Tools”.




This takes just a second to run.

Build and Publish Topology

Next we will go to Start and run “Lync Server Topology Builder” (below).




Select New Topology (as shown below) and then give the topology some name (just any old name like “mylab.tbxml”)




Now we will be define this topology.

Primary SIP domain: lab.local | Next




Specify additional supported domains: {nothing/none} | Next




Define the First site

Name: LabSite1

Description: Lab Site (not important, just something)




Specify site details




Click “Finish”




Next we will define a new Front End pool. click Next




Define Front End Pool

FQDN: FE01.lab.local

Note: if this is a Standard Edition, this FQDN will be exactly the same FQDN as your FE server (FE01.lab.local in our case)

Standard Edition Server




Next we will select Features for this Front End Pool

Check these features:


Enterprise Voice


Tip: What works best for me is to NOT define ARCHIIVE and MONITOR servers till you are ready to actually install them. I suggest to NOT select Archiving and Monitoring now. We will do that after we have actually installed the SQL server and are ready to define those roles in topology builder.




Select Collocated server roles

collocate Mediation Server: check




Associate server roles with this front End pool

Enable an Edge pool…: unchecked

Define SQL store




Define the file store: default, next (NOTE: You will need to manually create this network share and give rights to everyone. This wizard will not automatically create it for you)




Let create the Lync file store share right now so we don’t forget. You can create this folder where ever you want but for this lab we will create a folder called “Share” in C: of the Lync Server. Next go into the properties of the folder and give full access permissions to these groups:

RTCHS Universal Services

RTC Component Universal Services

RTC Universal Server Admins

RTC Universal Config Replicator

Click on the “Sharing” tab, click on “Share”.




In the “File Sharing” Wizard click the dropdown beside “Add” and select “Find People…” and in “Enter the object names to select” type RTC. Now press the CTRL key and select the above groups. Next you will need to change each group to “Read/Write” and click “Share” to finish the sharing Wizard.




Specify the web services URL: Since this is a lab we can let the External Base URL the default.




Specify where your Office Web App server is. (you probably don’t have one yet, just point to OWA.lab.local)




Now you are finished with the wizard.




Edit properties of topology

Right click on “Lync Server 2013 (Preview) and then “Edit Properties”




Scroll down to “Administrative access URL” (as shown below) and define the admin url as https://admin.lab.local and select Front End Server (FE01.lab.local in our lab)




Publish Topology

Action | Publish | Next | Next




When finished you can “Click Here to open to-do list”. Since we are really good we’ve already done these items. (if you took a shortcut, backup to see detailed step above)





Install Lync Server System

Deployment Wizard | Install or Update Lync Server System




Now we will install some Lync Server System components, put Certs in place and Start Services:

  1. Step1 Install RtcLocal database
  2. Step2 Install Speechfiles, etc.
  3. Setup Certs
  4. Start Lync Services




Step1 Install Local Configuration Store (will install RtcLocal)


Retrieve Directly from the CMS…

Next (5 minutes on new lab system)

Step2 Setup Lync Server components (will install Speechfiles, etc)

Run |

Next (15 minutes on new lab systems)

(NOTE: if you designated the archive/monitoring server, this will fail because SQL for those stores is not there yet.)

Step3 Request Certs (Note: if this is a lab setup, and you have parallel installed AD and Lync FE OS’s, remember the FE needs to have “gpudate /force” run or be rebooted after you stand up the AD CA so the CA is authoritative)

Run, select Default Certificate” then click “Request



Certificate Request: Next

Delayed or Immediate Request? Send the request immediately to an online cert authority

Choose a Certificate Authority (CA): Select a CA from the list



Certification Authority Account: Next

Specify Alternative Certificate Template: Next

Name and Security Settings: some name


Organization Information: fill in Org and Org Unit

Geographical Information: fill in

Subject Name/Subject Alternative Names: Next

SIP Domain Setting on SAN: Select SIP Domain (example: lab.local) | Next


Configure Additional SAN: Next

Certificate Request Summary: Next

Executing Commands: Completed: Next

Online Certificate Request Status: Finish

Certificate Assignment: Next

Certificate Assignment Summary: Next

Executing Commands: Finish

Select Default certificate and click Assign certs



Now repeat the Certificate Wizard steps for the OAuthTokenIsuer.

Step 4: Start Services

After services are started you can open the Services to verify all the Lync Services are running.

Goto Start | run Lync Control Panel


you will be asked to type in Administrator credentials. If this is new server you will also be asked to install Silverlight.



Add and Enable AD Users

Next, we will move to our AD server and add several users to Active Directory (I suggest for your first test users to NOT use the Administrator, but 3 other users). In our case I added:




Now back to Lync Server Control Panel. Click on User | Enable Users. Now click the “Add” button and Add the 3 users.




Click “Enable” and if you get no errors, you should have 3 Lync users ready to login. Let’s open Lync 2013 and login!




Wow you have installed Lync Server 2013!

Please note some pieces in Lync that you have not configured yet:

Monitor and Archiving Roles

Persistent Chat Server

Sharing PowerPoint requires a Office Web Apps Server deployed

Kurt Conway

That's IT!

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