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

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Planning for Active Directory Dependencies

Like most Microsoft applications, Lync Server 2013 depends heavily on Active Directory to authenticate users, find server pools, and generally keep data flowing. As such, it is critical to account for this when planning a Lync Server 2013 deployment of any kind. Plan to upgrade legacy domain controllers and be aware that Windows Server 2003 mixed mode is not supported by Lync Server 2013.

One of the best things you can do before a large deployment into Active Directory is to perform an Active Directory health check. This involves reviewing event logs, running tools such as DCDiag and NetDiag, and checking replication health to ensure that the directory itself is healthy and operating correctly.

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