Monday, January 28, 2013

Can I Install Lync Server 2010 in a Native Lync Server 2013 Environment?

With a background in Exchange Server, you always had to be careful about installing new versions or decommissioning the last server of an older version within an environment.  So I was wondering if it was possible to install/introduce a Lync Server 2010 Front-End server into a completely native Lync Server 2013 environment (an environment that has never had Lync Server 2010 in it).  Also, if it is possible, what is the experience and is it actually functional.

Short Answer: YES it is possible

My Environment:

  • Domain Controller – Windows Server 2012
  • Lync Server 2013 SE – Windows Server 2012
  • Exchange Server 2013 – Windows Server 2012
  • Office Web Apps 2013 – Windows Server 2012

Current Topology:

Lync Native - TB before

Lync Native - CP before

Adding a Lync Server 2010 SE server in the Topology Builder and published:

Lync Native - TB After

I have prepped a server for the Lync Server 2010 SE and installed all pre-req’s.  Starting the Deployment Wizard for the Lync Server 2010 shows that Active Directory is already fully prepared!

Lync Native - 2010 DW

I won’t bore you with the Lync Server 2010 install, but you can see that the Lync Control Panel now shows both 2010 and 2013 in the environment:

Lync Native - CP after

Now it is time to rehome some users to the Lync Server 2010 pool and test things out:

Lync Native - CP users

Looks like everything is working:

Lync Native - test

This post explored whether Lync Server 2010 could be introduced into a native Lync Server 2013 environment.  The installation went smooth and seems like all functionality works as expected.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Microsoft MVP Award for 2013

I am pleased to announce and very honored, that I have been re-awarded the Microsoft MVP award for 2013.


I appreciate everyone that reads my blog and keeps up with me on twitter (@twharrington). I will strive to keep contributing to the community and hope that what I publish helps you out in some way.

Happy New Year!