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Microsoft® Lync Server 2010 Unleashed by Tom Pacyk, Andrew Abbate, Alex Lewis

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PBX Replacement

Lync Server provides all the functionality currently provided by a traditional PBX system. This includes the familiar concepts of call routing, call parking, call transfer, conferencing, single-purpose phones, and so on. Lync Server is able to integrate with most PBX solutions through the use of gateways and mediation servers. Similarly, it can replace existing PBX systems either through attrition or via a green field replacement.

Historically the big roadblock to Communications Server replacing a traditional PBX was in the area of equivalent functionality. Features such as call parking, where an attendant can receive a call and then transfer it to a pool of public phones by tying it to an extension, didn’t exist (for example, ...

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