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If you have an Lync Server Infrastructure today and want to upgrade it to Skype for Business here is how to:

 

Planning

Updating to Skype for Business Server 2015 can be done in a couple of different ways, but you need to plan how you will do.

One of the new features in Skype for Business is that you can do an in-place upgrade from Lync Server 2013, meaning that you perhaps do not need to create new servers, and move users like we have been used to.

So why do I write perhaps… You need to look at your environment and see if you meet the pre-requisites:

 

The Server OS and Hardware

Your Lync servers need to be Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2, to have Windows Fabric ver. 3

If you are on a Windows 2008 R2 platform with your Lync servers, it might be a good time to create new Windows Server 2012 R2 Servers, and do a side-by-side installation.

Also your servers might also be a bit small – so consider if they need more resources. When I create new Lync/SfB servers they usually have the below specs (depending of course of the customer usage and size):

Single Frontend: (up-to 500-1000 Users)

4 x vCPU

16 GB RAM

100 GB disk for the OS (Windows Server 2012 R2)

100 GB for the Lync/SfB files

Other Sfb Servers roles (up-to 500-1000 Users)

2 x vCPU

8 GB RAM

100 GB disk for the OS (Windows Server 2012 R2)

On Enterprise pools I typically have much larger servers and the customer usage is also very different.

 

The Lync Server version

You need to have Lync Server 2013 patched with all the latest updates from Windows Update, to be able to do an in-place upgrade.

If you have Lync Server 2010, you need to do an side-by-side installation.

If you have a mixed environment with Lync Server 2010 and 201, then it’s not supported to have SfB 2015 in the same topology – In this scenario you need to move the users and services to Lync Server 2013 and decommission the old Lync Server 2010 before you install SfB 2015.

 

Downtime

When you do an in-place upgrade from Lync Server 2013 you must schedule to have downtime, as the pool or server that you upgrade needs to be taken offline doing the upgrade.

So if you cannot afford to have the servers offline – make an side-by-side installation and move users and services.

If the upgrade process fails – the procedure to revert back is to have a good backup of your Lync configuration, and then deploy new Lync servers and restore your lync topology – so again consider if can you afford to have the pool or servers offline for a longer period (the time to restore), if something goes wrong.

If you have more than one pool, you have the option to move all users from one pool to the others, and then do an in-place upgrade of the empty pool.

When you are doing the planning, also consider that have the option to do both an in-place upgrade and the side-by-side installation, depending on the server or role that you are upgrading.

For the frontend you might do an side-by-side installation to avoid the risk of restoring if something goes wrong and “long” downtime – but for Edge or mediations servers you might choose to do the in-place upgrade, because they are easily restored or you can have the down for longer time.

 

In the next post we will start to upgrade to Skype for Business from Lync Server 2013, starting with the frontend pool.

 

Other Posts in this Serie

Part 2: In-Place Upgrade of the Frontend Server

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