Technology: Integrating Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013 (Part 1)

In Microsoft’s Wave 2013 Platform (Exchange 2013, SharePoint 2013, and Lync 2013), there are synergies among the three products. From the Technet article (, some of the benefits are:

  • “Lync Archiving Integration. In Lync Server 2013 administrators still have the option of having instant messaging and Web conferencing transcripts archived to SQL Server (the same way these transcripts were archived in Lync Server 2010). Alternatively, however, administrators can choose to have transcripts archived to Exchange 2013, storing those transcripts in the individual user mailboxes in the same way in which Exchange archives communications. That means a single repository for all your electronic communications (from both Exchange and Lync Server), which makes it much easier to search for and retrieve those archived communications should the need arise.
  • Unified Contact Store. In Lync Server 2010, users had to maintain separate contact lists in Outlook and Lync; in fact, to ensure that you had the same contacts available in both products you had to maintain duplicate contact lists, one for Outlook and one for Lync. With Lync Server 2013, however, user contacts can be stored in Exchange 2013 and the unified contact store. Using a single contact store enables users to maintain just one set of contacts, with that same set of contacts being available in Lync 2013, Outlook 2013, and Outlook Web Access 2013.
  • Importing High resolution photos. Lync 2010 could only display small photos of your contacts; that’s because those photos were stored in Active Directory, and Active Directory imposes a 48 pixel by 48 pixel size limitation on stored photos. With Lync Server 2013, however, photos can be stored in Microsoft Exchange; that allows for high-resolution photos as large as 648 pixels by 648 pixels. As you might expect, Lync 2013 has been upgraded to allow for the display of these high-resolution photographs”

In this post, I work through the steps of integrating the Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013 platforms together and cover the first three integrations: Lync Archiving Integration, • Unified Contact Store, and Importing High resolution photos into the Unified Contact Store.


The step by step process to setup these three integrations is documented here:   Integrating Lync & Exchange – Part 1

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