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Microsoft® Lync® Server 2013 Unleashed Second Edition by Randy Wintle, Alex Lewis, David Ross, Tom Pacyk

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Director Overview

The Director role in Microsoft Lync Server 2013 is a specialized subset of the Front End server, which simply provides authentication and redirection services. Unlike with a Front End server, it is not possible to home user accounts on a Director pool and it provides no user services to endpoints. The primary function is to authenticate endpoints and then “direct” users to the pool where their user account is actually homed.

When clients sign in to a Director, they are first authenticated and then informed of their primary and backup registrar pools. Directors are valuable in deployments where multiple pools exist because they provide a single point of authentication for the endpoints. When external access is used, a Director ...

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