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

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Planning for Virtualization

Many modern datacenters are moving toward virtualizing their workload as much as possible. Lync Server 2010 supports virtualizing all its roles, although it is supported with a lower-rated capacity when virtualization is involved. This isn’t to suggest that virtualization adds overhead, but should be taken as a statement from Microsoft that although it supports Lync Server 2010 on virtualized systems, it would rather see them run on physical hardware and, as such, lower their capacity ratings for virtualized roles. Microsoft even goes as far as to state that if the virtual host is given dedicated resources equivalent to a physical host, it will support the same number of users as the physical host. Its conservative ...

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