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

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VPN Connectivity to Lync

Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a concept many users and organizations have been familiar with for years. The concept is that a remote user establishes a VPN connection to the office, and has full access to all internal services, which raises the question of why Lync Edge Server is required at all.

VPN works by encapsulating all traffic within a secured tunnel, but that tunnel generally includes a lot of overhead and additional latency. All of Lync’s SIP signaling traffic and A/V media traffic is already securely encrypted, so the additional VPN tunnel encapsulating the traffic is really redundant. This isn’t a huge problem for SIP signaling, but when two users try to establish an A/V call, that overhead, shown in

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