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With the October update Lync Server 2013 is now supported on Windows Server 2012 R2 according to Doug Deitterick’s blog http://blogs.technet.com/b/dodeitte/archive/2013/10/25/lync-server-2013-now-supported-on-windows-server-2012-r2.aspx.

Get the October update here and read about how to install Lync Server 2013 on a Windows Server 2012 R2 here


We have now come to the step where we are going to install the Access Edge Servers.


In our topology, we are going to have two servers, which we have defined and created in an earlier post, but you can make use of the tips that I will come with in this post even though you are only installing a single Edge Server.

The Access Edge Servers is actually one of the parts that is often causing problems in a Lync installation, not because the servers is not function or the software is broken, but simply because it’s not set up correctly, and with that I mean the servers, but also the surrounding components like the firewalls, dns etc.


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In this post you will learn how to install the director servers in our Lync Server 2013 High Availability environment.


The Director role is an optional server in Lync Server 2013, which means that it is not an requirement to have it in an environment like the one I’m building in this series.

But I like the director in an environment where I have enterprise voice enabled, as an extra protection for the frontend servers, to protect them from Denial of Servcie attacks from the Internet.

In case of a DoS attack it will be the director that is affected and not the frontend and thereby my enterprise voice will continue to run.

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We now have our backend servers up and running and one of the frontend servers, so in this post we will install the two WAC servers in a farm. (see the topology in http://exchangepro.dk/2013/09/21/creating-the-lync-server-2013-ha-topology-part-6/).


The Office Web Apps Servers or WAC is used in Lync Server 2013 for streaming PowerPoint content from Lync meetings to the participates. This means that the participants can see the nice features like animations, sounds, videos that might be inside the presentations.

When a presenter starts a presentation from a Lync meeting the content is uploaded to the Lync FileStore. From there the WAC servers will access the content, and begin to stream the PowerPoint to the participants.

The same WAC servers that we use in Lync can also be used by Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013, to provide an web experience for the Office applications. For now, I will only use them for Lync. (but keep coming back and I will show you how to use them with Exchange 2013).

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Microsoft has relased Lync Server 2013 CU3 (October 2013), which contains a number of fixes (one of them I reported to MSJ)

You can get the updates here: http://exchangepro.dk/updates/lync/lync-2013-updates/

The biggest update in the release seems to be to the Call Park Service, where it now possible to get transferred to a operator when pressing *0 in a dialin conference.

The other updates includes this:

Core Components

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Windows Server 2012 R2 is soon reaching the GA state, so I decided that I would test how Lync Server 2013 behave on a Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM Server.


So this guide will take you though on how to install Lync Server 2013 on a Windows Server 2012 R2 Server, RTM.

I have created a virtual server in my HyperV lab with these specs:

  • 3 vCPU
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 100 GB Disk space

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I my prevoius post we installed the first frontend server and started the services for the first time.

As with all new Lync Servers it’s very important to keep the updated with the latest fix from Microsoft

So lets start by updating the first frontend server with CU2 (http://exchangepro.dk/updates/lync/lync-2013-updates/).

Download the “LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe”

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The registration for the two most exciting events next year is now open.

It is MEC and LyncConf.


LyncConf will be held in Las Vegas from February 18 – February 20 2014, and the rumor says it will be much larger than last year.

Registration site is here: http://lyncconf.com

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Windows 2012 R2 reached the RTM state back in august 2013, and is going to be GA on October 18th. 2013.

New software from Microsoft is always exiting and because I love my Exchange very much, and is so lucky to have access to the RTM version from MSDN, I wanted to test if Exchange 2013 CU2 could run on the brand new server platform.


February 2014 Update

With the release of service pack 1 for Exchange 2013, you are now good to go for using Exchange 2013 on Windows Server 2012 R2.

Get Service Pack 1 here


November 2013 Update

CU3 Works fine with the latest updates to Windows Server 2012 R2.


PLEASE NOTE: Microsoft DO NOT support Exchange 2013 on Windows Server 2012 R2 yet – support will come with SP1 which is scheduled to be released in the start of 2014.

Because the support from Microsoft is not there yet, I created a new lab environment to test the installation of Exchange.

The guide is how to install Exchange 2013 CU2 on Windows 2012 R2 (STILL NOT SUPPORTED BY MICROSOFT – so install on your own risk)

Use Service Pack 1 on Windows Server 2012 R2

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