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

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Easier Maintenance Through Server Draining

Lync Server implements a feature that is likely familiar to many administrators who have managed Windows-based network load balancing in the past. This feature is called server draining. The idea with server draining is that an administrator can take a server offline to do maintenance on it and it stops taking new connections or calls. Assuming at least one other server exists in the pool, the end users do not suffer any loss of service. When the existing connections on the draining server are ended, the system can truly go offline and any necessary maintenance can begin.

Based on this approach, a Lync Server administrator can potentially perform regular maintenance on pooled components during the business ...

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