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

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Network Requirements

Two or more 1GbE or 10GbE adapters are required. Again, consider the combined I/O of your virtual machines; sizing for total throughput is important. Virtual Machine Queue and SR-IOV are recommended.

In Lync Server 2010, there was a fairly strict suggestion from Microsoft that a dedicated network adapter should be used for each Lync virtual machine. As 10GbE network adapters have become more common, it is increasingly challenging to dedicate network cards to specific virtual machines.

In a traditional virtualization environment, most virtual machines share traffic through a single or teamed set of physical network adapters. Virtual machines compete for network bandwidth resources through the same physical links and can be ...

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