The Lync product team has released the following tools this week:
The Planning Tool is designed to help companies design a Lync topology based on a series of questions. The tool will produce what hardware components are needed and allow you to output the results into a file that can be uploaded into the Lync Topology Builder. The following screenshots show some of the options and questions within the Planning Tool.
Central Site Options:
Branch Site Options:
Datacenter View of Topology Design (note the Hardware and Virtual Configuration sections and the references to external links):
The Planning Tools also allows you to export the configuration to Excel, Visio, Topology Builder or to a printer:
Several reports are generated that include….
Certificate, Firewall and DNS reports:
Thanks to the product team for doing a great job on this!
Microsoft has also release a Visio Stencil set to assist in documenting and designing your Lync environment. These are essential in providing visual representations of the Lync topology.