Active Directory Preparation

Microsoft Lync Server 2013 heavily leverages Active Directory. This results in tight integration across the Microsoft stack, including Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint Server. However, first Active Directory must be prepared before installation can begin. All the Active Directory preparation steps can be performed in either the Deployment Wizard GUI or the Lync Server Management Shell, a customized version of PowerShell. This chapter reviews both methods.

The first step is to ensure that your Active Directory environment meets the minimum requirements for Lync Server 2013. The requirements are outlined here:

• All domain controllers in the forest where Lync Server 2013 will be deployed must be Windows ...

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