Topic Last Modified: 2011-02-17

This section provides information about how to use Device Update Web service to keep your organization's devices up-to-date with the latest software. For background information on Device Update Web service architecture and functionality, see Updating Devices.

If your organization deploys Microsoft Lync 2010 Phone Edition, these devices will require regular maintenance by your Information Technology (IT) department, including keeping the software updated. On a regular basis, Microsoft provides device software updates that you can deploy to your organization’s devices. An update might consist of the latest enhancements or address an issue in the firmware version currently deployed on the device. To help maintain security and proper functioning, it is important that your organization's devices receive these updates in a timely manner as they become available.

You can use Device Update Web service to keep your organization’s devices up to date. Included with Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Device Update Web service provides significant enhancements over the previous version, named Software Update Service, including simplified deployment and management.

Device Update Web service is automatically installed with Lync Server 2010, and runs on Web Services. In the previous release of Lync Server, the update service for devices, which was called Software Update Service, required a separate, somewhat complex installation. In the current release the update service, now called Device Update Web service, is automatically installed along with Web Services, greatly simplifying deployment. You still need to set up the infrastructure for the update service, such as by creating a file system location for update files, configuring DNS records, and configuring proxy settings for external access.

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