Lync Phone Edition deployment – notes from the field

Lync Phone Deployment is pretty straight forward, and the mystery of DHCP options is pretty well documented on both Technet article and in Jeff Schertz’s excellent blog post on the matter. I have done a few of them, and they have all gone smoothly. Yet, a recent deployment really had me “rolling up my sleeves” to get it working. Here are some of my experiences, and what to look out for when setting it up.

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Active Directory Powershell cmdlets failing…what is port 9389?

I was working on a Project With a customer where they are running a Lync pilot for about 150 out of 10,000 employees. Considering the size of the customer, along With the fact that they are very Security-minded, the infrastructure is quite complex. For instance, all the Lync related servers are placed in a separate VLAN/subnet With strict firewall Access lists governing traffic. I am no stranger to the comprehensive requirements for ports in a Lync topology, and thought I had it all covered. Continue reading