Technology: Building Lync 2013 Edge Servers

In this post, we’ll walkthrough the build of a Lync 2013 Edge Server. The Edge Server provides the following capabilities:

  • External access from the Internet to the Lync capabilities for your users.
  • Federation with other companies running Office Communications Server or Lync so that you can do Lync capabilities with other companies running these technologies.
  • Federation with users on public IM clouds (e.g. AOL).
  • Federation with users on XMPP clouds (e.g. GoogleTalk).
  • Access to web conferences from external users. Lync provides web conferencing and allows participants to join who aren’t even on Lync. They can join via a new Lync web access (LWA) client.

Below is a sample picture of a Lync edge architecture:

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I documented the Lync 2013 Edge Server build in the attached document:  Step By Step to Building Lync 2013 Edge

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