Lync 2010 AD Prerequisites


Here is a quick reference of the Lync 2010 AD requirements.
The Active Directory environment where Microsoft Lync Server 2010 is installed must meet the following requirements:

  1. The AD forest where Lync 2010 is deployed must have a functional level of one of the following:
    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Windows Server 2008
    • Windows Server 2003 native mode (Windows Server 2003 mixed mode is NOT supported)
  2. All AD domains where Lync 2010 is deployed must have a functional level of one of the following:
    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Windows Server 2008
    • Windows Server 2003 native mode (Windows 2003 mixed mode is NOT supported)
  3. All Domain Controllers and Global Catalog servers in the Forest must run one of these operating systems:
    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Windows Server 2008
    • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise (32-bit)
    • Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit or 64-bit)
    • Windows Server 2003 (32-bit or 64-bit)

A quick and useful PowerShell one-liner to return information about your AD environment is:

[System.DirectoryServices.ActiveDirectory.Forest]::GetCurrentForest()

User Rights Required for Active Directory Preparation:-

Schema preparation – Schema Admins
Forest preparation – Enterprise Admins
Domain preparation – Enterprise Admins or Domain Admins
Installation on local machine – Local Admin

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About Paul B

My name is Paul Bloem and I am employed at Lexel Systems in New Zealand as a Principal Consultant for Unified Communications. I have been working on enterprise voice solutions for over 20 years. My first 10 years were spent working for a Telco in South Africa (Telcom SA). This is where all the groundwork happened as I was exposed to just about every aspect of telecommunication you could imagine. I develop an interest in PBX technologies and eventually became the go-to guy. Next, I had a 10 year run at Siemens South Africa, most of my time there was as a Technical Trainer. During this time VoIP hit the world stage, I had the privilege of introducing VoIP both as H.323 and later SIP across the Siemens HiPath 4000 solution stack. In 2008 I immigrated to New Zealand with my newly attained MCSE, I was ready to go where no PBX Techie had gone before. I was employed to explore OCS 2007 and that was pretty much the beginning of the end for me. I have been working on OCS and Lync ever since. My current role focuses exclusively on Lync and associated technologies.. That includes pre-sales, consulting, architecture and design, training and support. I even get to play in the development space from time to time - focus on play ;-) I was nominated as a Microsoft VTSP for Lync early in 2013 and also awarded Microsoft's MVP award for Lync in 2014.
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