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Some Lync Server 2013 questions on Reverse Proxy, Edge Server etc

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So I have a fully functional Lync 2013 server configured and running for about a month now.  I am in the process of doing the research on what I need to do to get it all working externally.  I know that I need an edge server and the role of a reverse proxy.  

My main question is do these need to be on separate servers or can I have the reverse proxy configured on the edge server itself?  

I am pretty new to Lync setups.  How many servers will this functionality require?

I might have a few follow up questions based on responses.
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First of all Reverse proxy and Edge servers are two separate component to facilitate Lync external services and you cannot co-locate both of them on same server.

Lync Edge servers provide external login, web conferencing, and Audiovideo connection point.
Reverse proxy facilitates Addressbook, group expansion and mobility connectivity

Here is a article that i would suggest to start from - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg425716.aspx
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Also here is an article with all the infrastructure qualified for Lync 2013 in regards to Reverse Proxy and Load balancers - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/dn788945.aspx
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Thanks, I am reviewing these now.  Additional feedback is still welcomed.
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I have a few projects on my plate right now besides this Lync one..  Has anyone set this all up before and able to say about how long this would normally take if no issues come up?
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It depends on your requirement and existing infrastructure.

Is there a Edge HA requirement?
Do you have a DMZ segment already?
Do you have a reverse proxy in place for other applications or web services?

Other items you will need is
public ip's
public certificates
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HA is not required, I do not have a DMZ set up currently but I have a Sonicwall I can add configuration to, I dont have a reverse proxy server for anything else yet, I do have public IP's and I do have 1 cert..

Do I need a public cert for the reverse proxy as well as the edge?  I currently have one public cert with the typical dns stuff added and then one internal cert for the FE server.  It sounds like I need one public each for rev proxy and edge..
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Well I guess you have bunch of stuff to do before you can have Lync externally available :|

Check out the infrastructure qualification article I send it has as reverse proxy section with the list of all support products.
And the Edge topology article has the details on how many public ip's you would need depending on your edge topology. If you only deploy 1 Edge server you can get away with only 2 public Ip's (1 for edge 1 for reverse proxy)

But you will need some kind of reverse proxy, isn't sonicwall only a firewall? Do you have Exchange exposed over to internet already?
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Thanks, I am going to take the next day to review all the information in these links.  I will post back after.
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Hey, just so you know I got pulled away from this project to do a VDI deployment :\

I will be starting again on this soon and will certainly finish this up and award points.  Thanks for patience.
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This is still on the list but I cant start it yet.  Mods, should I close this and re-open when I can work on it?
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I will be revisiting this at a later time.  Some questions were answered and marked accordingly, thanks for the help!  

I will link to this article when I continue the project.
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