Lync 2013 questions

Hi, I need to get some form of interoffice chat feature and online collaboration capability established. It looks like the Lync product can achieve this, but I am a total newbie to Lync. I have an Exchange 2007 server environment and we are running Office 2010 on the desktops. I'm assuming that I would need to create a Lync server ... any recommendations on the OS (8 or 12). Would I need to upgrade the Exchange server (that is one of my upcoming projects, but not quite ready yet)? If you have any "getting started" or other training links that you can share, that would be awesome. Thanks in advance for the advise.
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Amit KumarCommented:
Lync 2013 is best supported on Windows Server 2012, so install all roles on Windows 2012.

If you need IM add in in OWA then you will have upgrade your Exchange upto 2010 minimum or you can go for Exchange 2013.

Here is a series of articles to deploy Lync Standard edition server for pilot installation, in case you need a large number of user accommodation then you will have to go for enterprise pool.

In above article you can find how to Prepare AD for Lync infra, what are the roles are required. FYI Lync 2013 has Pool based installation e.g. Standard Edition Pool which supports Max. 5000 users and Enterprise pool can supports upto 80000 users. HA is available for all roles.

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Mai Ali (MVP)Senior Infrastructure ConsultantCommented:
Agree with Amit, For Install Lync 2013, you will need to setup it on Windows 2012 or Windows 2012 R2. If you need to add IM on OWA or configure voice mail, you will need to upgrade Exchange 2013.
For Lync 2013 Guide, you can refer below link
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