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Best practive for 2nd Lync 2013 FE server added to domain

Posted on 2014-11-18
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I'm attempting to add a second FE server to my domain that I would like to be independent from that already in place FE1. FE1 shares the same domain, DNS, AD,  but uses a different exchange server. Using the topology builder, I created another site to host FE2. I'm running into issues setting up SRV records because they already exist for FE1 - _sipinternaltls, dial, meet, and admin records.

When viewing the topology builder, the Lync CMS is using FE1. I'm running in circles trying to make FE2 work properly, whether its certificates (the only way I can connect on my Macs is to use FE1 certs), blank EWS internal and external URLS in configuration information, and address book sync issues. What am I missing here?
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Unless you have the ability to use geographically distributed DNS zones internally then you shouldn't be creating additional SRV and Host records for the discovery FQDNs and SimpleURLs.  Only one pool or server in the Topology is used to handle the initial client connection attempts and the Lync clients will automatically be redirected to their proper home pool.

I suggest that you refer to the TechNet documentation for deploying additional pools in Lync as it seems you may have missed a number of steps.

Here are some additional articles on the topic:
http://ocsguy.com/2012/11/05/deploying-lync-2013-part-2
http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/2012/08/step-by-step-adding-your-second-lync.html
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"Only one pool or server in the Topology is used to handle the initial client connection attempts and the Lync clients will automatically be redirected to their proper home pool."

Thanks Jeff. That clears up my confusion. I followed the steps in the links you provided when setting up the servers initially. The address book sync has been resolved by a regedit to force a sync when logging in and removing and setting up my certs again resolved the trust issue on Mac clients.
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