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TsooRad is a blog for John Weber. John is a Lync Server MVP (2010-2013). My day job is titled "Principal Consulting Engineer" - I work with an awesome group of people at CDW, LLC. I’ve been at this gig in one fashion or another since 1988 - starting with desktops (remember Z-248’s?) and now I am in Portland, Oregon. I focus on collaboration and infrastructure. This means Exchange of all flavors, LCS/OCS/Lync, Windows, business process, and learning new stuff. I have a variety of interests - some of which may rear their ugly head in this forum. I have a variety of certifications dating back to Novell CNE and working up through the Microsoft MCP stack to MCITP multiple times. FWIW, I am on my third career - ex-USMC, retired US Army. I have a fancy MBA. One of these days, I intend to start teaching. The opinions expressed on this blog are mine and mine alone.

2013/02/26

Lync 2013 VDI

Aren’t you just dying to fire up a complete virtualized client environment and try out the exciting new features in Lync 2013 as they pertain to those wonderful Citrix and VMWare clients? Welcome to the world of fully virtualized clients.

But wait! You may want to do a little light reading first.

I had to hunt and peck all over the web to find some of this information, so I have made this lame attempt to bring some of it together into one place (so poco viejo me does not lose it).

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj205304.aspx

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj204683.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=21129 (VDI in Lync 2010)(But good reading)

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2012/09/21/microsoft-lync-2013-preview-in-a-virtual-desktop-infrastructure.aspx

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2012/12/21/support-for-lync-2013-dvc-implementation-vs-the-citrix-hdx-optimization-pack-for-microsoft-lync.aspx

http://www.thincomputing.net/2013/01/08/support-for-lync-2013-dvc-implementation-versus-the-citrix-hdx-optimization-pack-for-microsoft-lync/

http://blogs.citrix.com/2012/07/24/xendesktop-support-for-lync-2013/

http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2012/07/microsoft-lync-2013-support-with-vmware-view-desktops.html

http://h20435.www2.hp.com/t5/367-Addison-Avenue-Blog/Talking-Thin-Clients-Yes-Literally-Here-s-What-HP-Has-Planned/ba-p/79021

http://community.wyse.com/forum/entry.php?68-Dell-Wyse-Enables-Microsoft-Lync-To-Be-Deployed-On-Its-Thin-Clients

Oh, BTW, for you O365 freaks: VDI not supported.

Known Limitations for VDI

The following are known limitations when you are using Lync 2013 in a VDI environment:

  • There is limited support for Call Delegation and Response Group Agent Anonymization features.
  • There is no support for the following features:
    • Integrated Audio Device and Video Device tuning pages.
    • Multi-view video.
    • Recording of conversations.
    • Joining meetings anonymously (that is, joining Lync meetings hosted by an organization that does not federate with your organization).
    • Using the Lync VDI plug-in along with a Lync Phone Edition device.
    • Call continuity in case of a network outage.
    • Customized ringtones and music on hold features.
The Lync VDI plug-in is not supported in an Office 365 environment.

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