From a topology perspective, the most significant change in Lync Server from its predecessors is its most significant benefit as well. The CMS is a centralized database of all Lync Server settings, which is replicated to all servers in a deployment, including edge servers. The Lync Server topology benefits of this change are quite significant on many levels.
The centralized management store
• Reduces Lync Server’s reliance on Active Directory domain services replication to remote locations.
• Enables an edge server to be configured as part of the main deployment, significantly reducing configuration errors.
• Is automatically replicated to each server (and through HTTPS to edge servers) automatically whenever configuration ...