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Lync Server 2013

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.

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).

    Note: Dual or multi-homed configurations are not supported for Front End Servers, Back End Servers, Standard Edition servers, and Persistent Chat Servers.
    ILO/DRAC/etc. connections not exposed to the Operating System and used to monitor and manage the server hardware do not constitute a multi-homed server and thus are supported.

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

  • 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.

16 gigabytes (GB).

  • 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.
  • 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, and are supported on standalone Mediation Servers.
Dual or multi-homed configurations are not supported for Directors.
ILO/DRAC/etc. connections not exposed to the Operating System and used to monitor and manage the server hardware do not constitute a multi-homed server and thus are supported.

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