This is my fourth post in the series of deploying a Lync 2013 HA environment.
In the previous article, we have been deploying SQL Server 2012, which we are going to use for a mirroring cluster in Lync 2013.
Before starting the Lync installation, we need to deploy a Lync file store. A Lync file store is a file share where Lync stores replication data, the address book, Conference content etc.
Because we are deploying a HA solution the file store should be deployed on a DFS share which replicates the data between two or more file servers. You could also deploy a File Server cluster.
I this post I will use a DFS share.
First you need either, an existing DFS infrastructure or you could create a new one on two or more servers.
In my setup, I have deployed two Windows 2012 servers, each with 1 cpu, 4 GB ram and 100 Gb disk space for the system drive and 200 Gb for the data drive where the file store will be placed.
In Server Manager, you will need to add a New Server Roles.
Select “DFS Namespaces” and “DFS Replication”
When the installation has finished you create a filestore on each on the servers D: drive.
Right click the Filestore and select Properties.
Select “Advanced Sharing”
Give the directory a Share name and the select permissions.
Give the below groups Full Control to the Share
Select OK twice
On the Security tab add the below group with full control
Close the Properties box and remember to do it on both servers.
Open DFS Management from the tools menu in Server Manager
Right click on Namespace and select “New Namespace”
Type the server name or browse for the first file server
Type a name for the Namespace
Click on “Edit Settings” and select “Administrators have full control…”.
Click on Browse and select the filestore share which you created before
Press OK and click Next
Use a Domain-based namespace
Click on Create
Close the installation when it is finished
The namespace has now ben created
Right click on the first server and select properties
Click on Share Permissions
Add the below group with full control and click OK
Right click on the Namespace you created and select “Add Namespace Server”
Browe for the second file server and filestore
When you press OK DFS will setup the second server
Edit the Share Permissions on the Second server as well
Next we need to setup replication between the two servers.
Right clict on Replication and select “New Replication Group”
Type a name for and press Next
Add the two file servers and press Next
Select one of the file servers to be the primary and press Next
Click Add and select the filestore share and press Next
Browse to the filestore on the second file server and select OK
When it is finished you can close the wizard
You have now created a DFS file share we can you in out Lync 2013 HA environment.
In my next post I will cover the Lync installation where we use our new DFS share and the SQL 2012 Mirroring Cluster.
Lync 2013 High Availability