Installing Lync Server 2010 Windows SBS 2008 environment

I'm attempting to install Lync 2010 in an SBS 2008 environment.

We currently have windows sbs 2008 setup, i understand that SBS 2008 is best "left alone" so i decided to setup a second server running windows server 2008 standard R2. I wanted to know if i installed lync 2010 on the 2008 Standard R2 if there should be anything i should worry about on my SBS 2008? From my understanding the Lync Server installation will make AD schema changes, I'm worried  that this could break something on my SBS environment. Is there anything i should be worried about?

I'm not very familiar with adding a second server to a domain environment would it be just like adding a regular computer to my domain?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!
checkmofoshodunoAsked:
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Lync is a FANTASTIC product, but does require a truly talented admin to install and maintain it well. It may not be a good fit if you maintain SBS alone and don't have a broad knowledge base on AD, SIP, UM/UC, and SQL.

With that said, a consolidated install on a second server works fine in an SBS environment. You must join member servers manually though, not via the connect wizard.

-Cliff
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checkmofoshodunoAuthor Commented:
It really doesn't look that bad. I've added it manually to the existing SBS domain. One question that i have right now is it if its necessary to install AD services on the Lync server and basically set it up as a second DC or if i can just keep all of that on the SBS 2008 server?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
You definitely should NOT make the second server a DC if it will host Lync.
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Jeff_SchertzCommented:
The schema extensions that Lync applies to your Windows domain are non-evasive and will not impact any of your current SBS deployment or functionality.

Adding the second server to the domain is the same exact process as adding a normal workstation OS to the domain.

I also suggest reading through this series of articles which cover the deployment of a single Standard Edition Lync Front End server into a single domain forest:
http://blog.schertz.name/2010/09/lync2010rc-deployment-part1
http://blog.schertz.name/2010/09/lync2010rc-deployment-part2
http://blog.schertz.name/2010/09/lync2010rc-deployment-part3
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checkmofoshodunoAuthor Commented:
It takes a lot of talent. lol
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