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How to create a VLAN for Lync Server 2010 with a Cisco Small Business Switch SGE2010P

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In following the best practices for Deploying Lync Server Compatible phones, I am supposed to create a VLAN to segment the voice traffic. Can anyone offer any assitance on how to do this. The switch that I am using is POE and the only devices plugged in will be Lync Phones. I'm not really sure if I need to create a VLAN if the switch will be dedicated to the phones.

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by:SebastianAbbinanti
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The goal is to segment traffic as a means for prioritizing voice traffic over all other traffic.

If the switch you are using is dedicated, then the Lync server and the phone should be the only thing on the switch. Not even an uplink to another switch outside of the voice network.

You should create a separate broadcast domain for voice traffic. It doesn't have to be a VLAN, per say, just a separate broadcast domain that will have priority over all other traffic.

If you are in a larger environment, VLAN's make more sense, as it allows you to utilizing the existing infrastructure.

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S.
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Our Lync Front-End Server is currently on the data network. So the cable that would go from the dedicated phone switch to the phone system would have to go through the data network. So does that mean that I have to use VLANs?
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Can you add a separate NIC to the Lync server for voice/video traffic? That would work. Otherwise, depending on the NIC, you can setup vlan tagging on the actual server. In this case you would create a trunk port on the switch.

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The Front end server is a VM so it's possible, I would need to move it to another host with an available NIC. When you say actual server, which server are you speaking of?
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The VM. You can use VLAN with vSwitches. The you can connect the physical NIC on the host to a trunk port on the switch.

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