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

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Processor Recommendations

Any host used for Lync virtual machines should have a modern Enterprise-class CPU, which is considered to be 2.26GHz or faster. From a planning perspective, the number of cores on the processor determines the maximum number of virtual machines that can run on the host. To fall within the Lync support boundaries, each virtual machine must have dedicated CPU cores. Therefore, the more cores you have available, the more Lync Servers you can place on a single host.

The number of cores is the important value here, not the number of physical processors. For example, two quad-core processors are equivalent to four dual-core processors. Both yield eight physical cores that can be used by virtual machines. Typically a host will ...

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