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Hardware and software requirements for the Director in Lync Server 2013


Topic Last Modified: 2012-10-20

This section details the hardware and software requirements for the Director, and the supported collocation scenarios for the Director.

The following table lists the hardware requirements for the Director:

Hardware Requirements for the Director

Hardware component Minimum requirement


  • 64-bit processor, quad-core, 2.0 GHz or higher

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


4 gigabytes (GB)


  • 10K RPM hard disk drive (HDD)

  • High-performance solid state drive (SSD) with performance equal to or better than 10K RPM HDD

  • 2x RAID 10 (striped and mirrored) 15K RPM disks for database data files


  • Dual 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) network adapters (recommended)

  • Single 1 Gbps network adapter (supported)

The Director role can be deployed only on servers running Lync Server 2013 Enterprise Edition.

One of the following 64-bit operating systems is required for the Directors:

  • The Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard operating system with Service Pack 1

  • The Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise operating system with Service Pack 1

  • The Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter operating system with Service Pack 1

  • The Windows Server 2012 Standard operating system

  • The Windows Server 2012 Datacenter operating system

Lync Server 2013 also requires installation of the following programs and updates detailed in the topic Additional server support and requirements in Lync Server 2013.

The Director server role cannot be collocated with any other server role in Lync Server 2013. However, if you do not deploy a Director, the Front End Servers will assume the role.

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