Virtualization and Stress Testing White Papers for Lync Server 2013 Now Available for Download

Microsoft has released two new white papers for Lync Server 2013

The Lync Server 2013 Virtualization White Paper provides guidance for planning a Lync Server deployment on virtual servers. As a real-time application, Lync Server requires careful planning when deployed on virtual environments. Performance issues caused by shared resource constraints are hardly noticeable in many applications, but in Lync Server they can cause audio and video issues that make for a poor user experience.

This paper provides many configuration recommendations for running Lync Server 2013 in a virtual environment, both for the host servers and the guest servers. It details the 10 most important Key Health Indicators (KHIs) that you should watch both when performing a capacity test prior to deploying, and during deployment. It also explains observations and results from the capacity testing Microsoft performed in a virtualized test environment.

The Lync Server 2013 Stress Test Guide can help you perform and analyze a stress test of a proposed Lync Server 2013 deployment, using the Lync Server 2013 Stress and Performance Tool (LSS).

LSS is a toolset that you can use to perform a stress test of a design that will be deployed on a target deployment infrastructure (server, storage, and network) based on your specific usage pattern. The LSS can simulate all Lync Server workloads or just specific workloads, such as instant messaging (IM) and presence, application sharing, audio conferencing, and mobility, with a particular scale target.

This test plan will take you through the steps required to plan and conduct a Lync Server 2013 stress testing exercise, and it will help you analyze the results in order to conclude whether the initial capacity plan is sound or requires adjustment.

Author: Chris Dragich, Sr. Technical Writer, Lync Server

Product version: Lync Server 2013

Contributed by:  Thor Fayad, ConQuest Technology Services

Planning a Lync Server deployment on virtual servers?  Contact ConQuest Technology Services



About ConQuest Technology Services
Director of Channels and Marketing At ConQuest Technology Services, we provide our customers with solutions and services allowing organizations to develop short-and long term IT strategies and deploy them at their own pace. Whether deploying collaboration tools for the first time, seeking to use existing investments, or supplementing existing solutions with specific collaboration products, ConQuest Technology Services is here to support enterprises invest wisely to dramatically improve collaboration and accelerate growth. KEY FACTS ABOUT CONQUEST Headquarters: 4675 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Suite 302 Coral Gables, FL 33146 305-374-8788 • Microsoft Gold Partner for 10+ years • Awarded CRN’s Next-Gen 250 - recognized as a solution provider with a new approach to client support (2013) • Microsoft Partner of the Year – Voice Deployment Built On Microsoft® Lync (2012) • Microsoft Partner of the Year – Best Communication Solutions (2011) • Microsoft’s go-to partner for UC and Cloud technologies in South-east USA Conquest Technology Services : • Offers Business Consulting to help develop cost-effective deployment plans, defining ROI benefits, and cost of ownership for On-Prem, Cloud and Hybrid technology solutions • Builds IT Infrastructure in the cloud to deliver secure infrastructure, storage & backup, protected BYOD mobility solutions and communications-linked business applications providing data/voice/video. • Provides managed services to provide secure, scalable IT environments to support our clients business needs. For more information please visit or call 305-374-8788.

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