VMware View: Microsoft Lync 2010 Support

Further to my VMware View: Microsoft Lync 2013 Support = Yes Sir! article earlier this week which talks about VMware View support with Microsoft Lync 2012, I also wanted to draw your attention to the latest change made to Microsoft's Client Virtualization in Microsoft Lync 2010 document. I have copy/pasted the changes below for your viewing pleasure.  

A.7 Full Desktop Remoting using VMware View 5.0

Environment Description: Figure 2 shows a supported VMware View 5.0 virtual desktop topology. It consists of:

1.     A VMware View Infrastructure server: a VMware ESXi server hosting the View connection Server, a vCenter, an Active Directory/domain controller, and a domain controller.  

2.     A VMware View Virtual Desktop Hosting server: a VMware ESXi server hosting the VMware View virtual desktops that are configured to be persistent

3.     A Microsoft Lync 2010 Standard Edition Lync Server

4.     A Microsoft Lync 2010 Edge Server

Test Bed:

Component

Specifications

Servers

1.     VMware View Infrastructure Server: A Dell PE1950 (Intel Xeon(R) CPU E5405 @2.00 GHz, 32 GB RAM, 160GB local storage), hosting the following 3 VMs, each configured with 2 vCPUs, 2 GB memory

o   1 VM used for View Connection Server

o   1 VM used for Domain Controller and Active Directory

o   1 VM used for VMware vCenter

2.     VMware View Virtual Desktop Hosting Server: A Dell PE1950 (Intel Xeon(R) CPU E5405 @2.00 GHz, 16 GB RAM, 160GB local storage), hosting the following 4 View desktops, each configured with 2 vCPUs, 2 GB memory, 40 GB storage

o   2 VMs (Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit, Office 2010, Lync 2010)

o   2 VMs (Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit, Office 2010, Lync 2010)

3.     Microsoft Lync Server Standard Edition Server: An HP DL580 (Intel Xeon X7350 2.93-GHz quad- core, 128 GB, 500 local storage). The Mediation Server runs here.

4.     Microsoft Lync 2010 Edge Server: 1 x Dell 1950 (Intel Xeon(R) CPU E5405 @2.00 GHz, 16 GB RAM, 160 GB local storage)

 

Clients

Various Windows laptops were used as clients for this validation. All the laptops met the minimum requirements specified for Office Home and Student 2010 at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=215986.

 

User model

All View desktops were configured as persistent desktops for the purpose of this validation program.

 

Note: Load testing was not done.

Devices

Desk phone that is running Lync 2010 Phone Edition paired using USBR. This configuration was validated using phones from different OEMs, such as the Aastra 6725 IP Phone and the Polycom CX700 IP Phone.

Figure 2: A supported VMware View 5.0 topology

VMware View Microsoft Lync 2010 Support

Note that the above configuration would be supported even if the Lync phones and laptops were running behind the firewalls, in the same domain as the VMware View infrastructure, that is, an onsite VDI connection.

 For your full desktop remoting configuration, we recommend that you set the appropriate auto-USB reconnection policies in the connection manager, using the apropriate VID/PID for device you want to autoconnect, i.e. for only this class of IP Phones.

So now customers can deploy Microsoft Lync 2010 on VMware View infrastructure with confidence, knowing that the solution will be fully supported. With Microsoft Lync 2010 and VMware View, users will have access to features such as presence, instant messaging, application sharing, online meetings, and sharing whiteboards and PowerPoint presentations. Other features such as VoIP calling are only available when a Lync client is paired with a USB desktop IP Phone.

 
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