This is copy and pasted directory from the Technet Article found –>

http://blogs.technet.com/b/mbaher/archive/2010/09/17/the-30-interesting-info-about-lync.aspx

 

In this post I’ll list to you 30 fact and info about Lync which is totally new and different than OCS:

  1. You can virtualize all topologies and we support all workloads, including Enterprise Voice to be virtualized
  2. When you virtualize, Scalability is roughly 50% of the scalability offered by a Lync Server 2010 topology running only on physical servers
  3. In Microsoft Lync Server 2010, A/V Conferencing service functionality, which normally runs on the Front End Server, can also run in a standalone server role called A/V Conferencing Server
  4. If your site has more than 10,000 users, we recommend that you deploy a separate A/V Conferencing pool
  5. Lync introduced ‘Survivable Branch Appliance’, which is a new device introduced in Lync Server 2010 that combines a PSTN gateway with a Lync Server Registrar and Mediation Server. This appliance is targeting branch offices who require telephony services in case of WAN failures with the central site
  6. In the event a branch office’s WAN connection to a data center fails, the Survivable Branch Appliance provides the following voice features to users in that branch office:
    1. PSTN inbound and outbound calls
    2. Intra-site and inter-site calls
    3. Call hold, retrieve, and transfer
    4. User authentication and authorization
    5. Leaving and retrieving voicemail
    6. Call forwarding, simultaneous ringing, boss-administrator, and team calling
    7. Call Detail Recording (CDR).
    8. All two-party functionality, including instant messaging and audio-video conferencing
    9. PSTN dial-in conferencing with Conferencing Auto-Attendant
  7. In Lync Server 2010, the Director is now a unique server role which you cannot home users on it
  8. A Director is not designated as either a Standard Edition server or an Enterprise Edition server; it does not require any type of Microsoft Lync Server 2010 license (interesting huh)
  9. Collocation of mediation with FE is recommended if you are not using SIP trunking or Direct SIP
  10. New to Lync is the ‘Topology Builder’ which is a wizard-driven user interface that you use to create and edit your Microsoft Lync Server 2010 topology
  11. With Microsoft Lync Server 2010, configuration data about servers and services is moved to the Central Management store. Read-only copies of the data are replicated to all servers in the topology, including Edge Servers and survivable branch appliances
  12. Although most of the Lync configuration is stored in the central management store, the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) are still used to store basic Lync Server user information, such as the user’s SIP URI and phone number
  13. The Lync Server 2010 Management Shell is a new method of administration and management
  14. Lync introduces role-based access control (RBAC). Lync Server 2010 includes 11 predefined roles that cover many common administrative tasks
  15. Administration console is no longer using MMC, Lync Server Control Panel replaces the MMC administrative interfaces of previous releases
  16. Microsoft Lync Server 2010 introduces DNS load balancing for load balancing for SIP and media traffic (you will still need hardware LB for other traffic such as HTTP however this is the easiest part in configuring a HW load balancer)
  17. DNS load balancing is supported for Front End pools, Edge Server pools, Mediation Server pools, and Director pools
  18. Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendee is a new downloadable client that enables users without Microsoft Lync 2010 to attend meetings
  19. You manage Edge Servers from the internal network. All configuration data for servers and services resides in the Central Management database, which you can manage by using internal administrative tools
  20. Lync Server 2010 introduces support for integration with hosted Exchange UM
  21. Lync supports Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) as part of your Enterprise Voice deployment
  22. New for the Mediation Server in Microsoft Lync Server 2010 is the ability for a single Mediation Server to route outbound calls through multiple gateways
  23. Also new for Lync Server 2010 is the ability for a Mediation Server to be deployed as a pool; this pool can be collocated with the Front End pool, or can be a standalone pool
  24. Malicious call tracing enables users to flag incoming calls which are harassing, threatening, or obscene. Immediately after hanging up, the user can select an option to report the call as malicious. If they do so, a trace request is sent to mark the record of the call, and an event is logged
  25. Lync introduced the concept of ‘Anonymous call’ in the Response Group feature, when a response group is so configured, agents can accept incoming and make outgoing calls on behalf of the response group without revealing their identity (Anonymous call). Anonymous calls do not support conferencing, application sharing and desktop sharing, file transfer, whiteboarding and data collaboration, or call recording
  26. Archiving policy settings for both IM and meetings are unified. The core archiving store contains both IM content and Web conferencing attendee entries and exits consolidated together
  27. You can do searchable transcript of archived information without the need for scripts
  28. In Microsoft Lync Server 2010, the Group Policy settings used in previous  Office Communications Server releases are now controlled by in-band provisioning client policies that are server-based.
  29. Lync 2010 clients can now receive updated software from Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) or Microsoft Update instead of from a location hosted on Lync Server 2010
  30. Lync Server 2010 provides support for analog devices. Specifically, the supported analog devices are analog audio phone and analog fax machines. Now you can configure the analog gateways and devices in your organization to use Lync Server 2010. After you do this, analog devices use Lync Server to make and receive calls, and Lync Server makes routing decisions and log calls in call detail records (CDRs) for analog devices, just as it does for any device

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