Lync 2013 server.

I currently have LCS 2005 setup in my Windows Server 2003 domain. I have about 70 Live Communications 2005 users.

 We have purchased Lync 2013 and I have been reading on how to do a migration and it doesn't really seem like it is worth the time with the size of my environment.

 any suggestions on what route I should take?
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
I would start fresh.  So far to my understanding there is no supported migration from LCS 2005 to Lync 2013.  It is only supported down Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2.  There an unsupported cut-over that you can try but even that is iffy.

I would just build the Lync 2013 and start from scratch, you only have 70 users and for that size its really not that bad.
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victordrAuthor Commented:
Would it be possible to stand up a Lync server with LCS 2005 server still up and running?
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
That's not really supported either.  Probably co-exist with a 2010 but not that far back (supported anyways).

Here is the unsupported cut over:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/saleesh_nv/archive/2012/12/14/lcs-2005-to-lync-2013-cut-over-migration-challenges.aspx

********Note the Conclusion Segment at the Bottom of the Link****************

Supported Migrations: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg425764.aspx
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victordrAuthor Commented:
I did run across this article but im not sure i want to do this. I just want my users to be able use LCS in the meantime.
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Hurray for weekend deployments!  I know what you mean, but thankfully you don't have a huge infrastructure to make it a nightmare where you would take a shot at the cut over.
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victordrAuthor Commented:
So i would just uninstall LCS 2005. Do i need to manually remove anything from AD?
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Removal Guide: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb870357(v=office.12).aspx

I also think if you have the installation toolkit installed that can also remove it from the server

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=D21C38E5-5D8F-44C7-BA17-2CC4F85D8B51&displaylang=en"

What OS are you installing Lync 2013 on?
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victordrAuthor Commented:
Server 2012
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jpglynnCommented:
As long as there are any versions of LCS/OCS prior to 2007 R2 in Active Directory the Lync 2013 setup has a hard blocker that will not allow you to continue.
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victordrAuthor Commented:
Is there a way to export contact lists from users?
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jpglynnCommented:
If I remember correctly with the LCS 2005 resource kit there was a utility dbimpexp.exe.  This tool will export the contacts to an xml file from the database.  Subsequently there is a utility http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29558 from Microsoft that can be used to import.  

With Lync 2013 you can use a series of powershell cmdlet - convert-csuserdata, import-csuserdata -- read the following as well - http://blogs.technet.com/b/saleesh_nv/archive/2012/12/14/lcs-2005-to-lync-2013-cut-over-migration-challenges.aspx
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victordrAuthor Commented:
So here is another questions. Once Lync 2013 is up and all users have been enabled, would it be possible just to add all users to everyones contacts?
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victordrAuthor Commented:
I have a question about SSL Certs. I am going to stand up an edge server with archving. I am going to route all of my users through there. So do i still need an internal cert for my domain such as lync.intranet.domain.com and lync.domain.com for my edge?
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