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

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Optional Role

Perhaps the biggest change for the Director in Lync Server 2013 is that Microsoft has declared it an optional role in the Lync topology. In prior years the documentation treated it as recommended, especially when deploying external services. Microsoft isn’t trying to say that the Director isn’t needed anymore; but many organizations have pushed for Lync Server 2013 to require less overall server count in the architecture, and Microsoft has responded to these requests by providing flexibility within the deployments based on business needs. This same initiative can be seen with the movement of the Archiving and Monitoring servers roles to services on the Front End pool, and organizations can further reduce server count by deciding ...

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