Lync 2013 installs

So I’ve played around with Lync 2013 in my home lab. I previously had it installed and running internally but due to lack of resources, yes I need more hardware, I removed it from my lab. Will with logmein now not offering a free service my friend and I decided to relook at Lync and see if we can get it working externally also and leverage screen sharing. During the reinstall I found a couple of issues/shortcuts that I want to keep track off.

First, installing the pre-requisite roles and features for a Lync 2013 Standard install on Server 2012. I found this nice PowerShell command line that will install the roles and features that are needed:

Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS, Web-Server, Web-Static-Content, Web-Default-Doc, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Asp-Net, Web-Net-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Log-Libraries, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Filtering, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Dyn-Compression, NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Mgmt-Tools, Web-Scripting-Tools, Web-Mgmt-Compat, Desktop-Experience, Windows-Identity-Foundation, Telnet-Client, BITS -Source D:\sources\sxs

Next was an error when trying to publish the topology. Looks like I didn’t correctly decommission the Central Management store from the original implementation so I had to clear it out by running this PowerShell command:


Followed by an error on the lync share when installing the server. I had to add the following groups to the SHARE permissions with full control:


And then there was the certificate issue. I ran through the setup, requested and assigned the certificates but it wouldn’t let me continue stating that not all certificates usages were assigned. Well I did the old windows 3 finger salute and restarted the server and voilà, no more error message.

Now onto the Edge server which installed with no issues but it seems that I can’t use it for external connectivity without purchasing a UC SSL cert which runs over $200/yr. That’s a kick in the head right there so basically no external Lync access. 🙁

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