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

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Infrastructure Virtualization

Companies looking to completely virtualize the infrastructure can get a head start now with Lync Server 2010, but one consideration to be aware of is that the Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging role still does not have any virtualization support. So, although organizations can virtualize their conferencing and telephony infrastructure, the voice mail component must remain on a physical server.

Another option for organizations looking to remove the dependencies on physical servers is to leverage the Exchange online hosted service from Microsoft for unified messaging. On-premises Lync Servers can communicate with hosted Exchange Unified Messaging Servers, which removes the need for locally hosted Exchange servers. ...

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