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

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Introducing the Lync VDI Plugin

The Lync VDI plugin is a brand-new component for Lync 2013, and was created to provide an audio and video experience for a Lync client in a VDI session that matches the experience of a locally installed client. To support this, the VDI plugin uses media redirection, in which the encoding and decoding of media are offloaded from the datacenter and handled directly by the thin client or access device, using the client’s local resources. Other nonmedia features of Lync, such as IM, Presence, and desktop sharing, are still executed from within the virtual desktop.

Prior versions of the software, such as Lync 2010, had several inherent limitations that were presented when the Lync media workloads were virtualized. ...

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