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Server hardware platforms for Lync Server 2013

 

Topic Last Modified: 2014-03-31

Lync Server 2013 server roles and computers running Lync Server administrative tools require 64-bit hardware.

The specific hardware used for Lync Server 2013 deployment can vary, depending on size and usage requirements. This section describes the recommended hardware. Although these are recommendations, not requirements, using hardware that does not meet these recommendations may result in significant performance issues and other issues.

For best performance, we recommend that you run Lync Server on servers with hardware that meets the requirements in the following table. If you use less powerful hardware, you may experience functionality problems or poor performance. Note that these hardware requirements are higher than those of previous versions of Lync Server, primarily because in Lync Server 2013, all Front End Servers run SQL Server.

noteNote:
NIC teaming is supported and should be transparent to Lync Server. For details, see Communications Server or Lync Server and network adapter teaming.

Recommended Hardware for Front End Servers, Back End Servers, Standard Edition Servers, Persistent Chat Servers, and Persistent Chat Store and Persistent Chat Compliance Store (Back End Server Roles for Persistent Chat Server)

Hardware component Recommended

CPU

64-bit dual processor, hex-core, 2.26 gigahertz (GHz) or higher

Intel Itanium processors are not supported for Lync Server server roles.

Memory

32 gigabytes (GB)

Disk

  • 8 or more 10,000 RPM hard disk drives with at least 72 GB free disk space.

    Two of the disks should use RAID 1, and six should use RAID 10.

    - OR -

  • Solid state drives (SSDs) which provide performance similar to 8 10,000-RPM mechanical disk drives.

Network

  • 1 dual-port network adapter, 1 Gbps or higher (2 recommended, which requires teaming with a single MAC address and single IP address)

Recommended Hardware for Edge Servers, Standalone Mediation Servers, and Directors

Hardware component Recommended

CPU

  • 64-bit dual processor, quad-core, 2.0 gigahertz (GHz) or higher

    - OR -

  • 64-bit 4-way processor, dual-core, 2.0 GHz or higher

Intel Itanium processors are not supported for Lync Server server roles.

Memory

16 gigabytes (GB)

Disk

  • 4 or more 10,000 RPM hard disk drives with at least 72 GB free disk space

    The disks should be in a 2x RAID 1 configuration.

    - OR -

  • Solid state drives (SSDs) which provide performance similar to 4 10,000-RPM mechanical disk drives.

Network

  • 1 dual-port network adapter, 1 Gbps or higher (2 recommended, which requires teaming with a single MAC address and single IP address). 2 network interfaces are required on Edge Servers.

 
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