Sunday, June 9, 2013

How to Install Lync Server 2013 Std. Edition on Windows Server 2012

How to Install Lync Server 2013 Std. Edition on Windows Server 2012

In this post I am going to cover Basic installation of Lync 2013 in Windows server 2012.

Outline of the Lync 2013 installation:-

  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
    • AD-DS (Directory Services)
    • DNS
    • AD-CS (Certificate Authority)

Prepare Your Front End Server

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

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)


ü  Message Queuing | Message Queuing Services

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

ü  User Interfaces and Infrastructure | Desktop Experience  

ü  Windows Identity Foundation 3.5

ü  .NET Framework 3.5 Features

ü  .NET Framework 3.5

ü  HTTP Activation (Important!)

ü  Non-HTTP Activation

ü  .NET Framework 4.5 (all options)

ü  Roles

ü  Web Server (IIS)

ü  Role Services

ü  Common Http Features Installed

ü  Static

ü  Default doc

ü  Https errors

ü  Health and Diagnostics

ü  Http logging

ü  Logging Tools

ü  Tracing

ü  Performance

ü  Static Content Compression

ü  Dynamics Content Compression

ü  Security

ü  Request Filtering

ü  Client Cert Mapping Authentication

ü  Windows Authentication

ü  Management Tools

ü  IIS Mgt Console

ü  IIS mgt Scripts and Tools

ü  Application Development

ü  ASP.NET 3.5

ü  ASP.NET 4.5

ü  .NET extensibility 3.5

ü  .NET extensibility 4.5

ü  ISAPI extensions

ü  ISAPI Filters

Reboot Front End and login as Domain Administrator.

Install Lync Server 2013: -

Insert Lync 2013 Image file into CDROM and Run Setup.exe

You will be prompted to install Visual C++ 2012 x64. Click “Yes” (screenshot 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 Management shell.

Lync Deployment Wizard.

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)

Prepare First Standard Edition Server

Now let’s 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
  • Etc
    Configure DNS Records

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

We will add SRV to pointing our Front End server (

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

  • meet
  • dialin
  • admin

as shown below

Repeat this for meet and admin DNS A Records.

Now let’s go back to the Deployment Wizard and click “Install Administrative Tools”.

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.

Now we will be defining this topology.

Primary SIP domain: | Next

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

  • Define the First site
    • Name: Chennai Learning Center
    • Description: Chennai Learning Center.

  • Specify site details
    • City
    • State
    • Country

Click “Finish”

Define Front End Pool


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

Standard Edition Server

Next we will select Features for this Front End Pool

Check these features:

  • Conferencing
  • Enterprise Voice
  • Call admin control

  • Select Collocated server roles
    • collocate Mediation Server: check

Associate server roles with this front End pool

    • Enable an Edge pool…: unchecked

Define SQL Store\rtc

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 it. (Preferred: other than OS Drive C) 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

Specify the External URL ( In our case

Specify where your Office Web App server is (In our case

Now you are finished with the wizard.

Edit properties of topology

Right click on “Lync Server 2013 and then “Edit Properties” and update Central Management Server.

Publish Topology

Action | Publish | Next | Next

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)
    • Run
    • Retrieve Directly from the CMS…
    • Next
  • Step2 Setup Lync Server components (will install Speechfiles, etc)
    • Run |
    • Next
  • Step3 Request Certs (Installed ADCA 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: | Next | Next | Finish.

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.

Go to Start | Run Lync Control Panel before Install Silver Light.


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. 

Install Lync 2013 Client and Login Using SIP account.