Topic Last Modified: 2011-04-11

If you plan to make Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendee available to users, decide whether you want to deploy Lync 2010 Attendee in advance or make it available on the meeting join page for users to download as needed.

IT-Managed Installation of Lync 2010 Attendee

You can deploy Lync 2010 Attendee in a managed-desktop environment by using the following methods:

  • Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 or Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2. Use these products for more complex software installation scenarios, where scheduling, inventory, reporting, status, and support for an installation across a wide area network (WAN) are required. For details, see the System Center TechNet Library at

  • Windows logon script. The logon script performs an unattended installation of Lync 2010 Attendee when a user logs on. You can use Group Policy objects to deploy logon scripts to specific devices or users.

  • Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Group Policy. You can create a Group Policy object to deploy Lync 2010 Attendee to specific users or computers based on group memberships. For details about how to use Group Policy, see the Windows Server Group Policy TechNet Library at However, the setup file for Lync 2010 Attendee is provided as an executable (.exe) program. Because .exe programs cannot be deployed by using Group Policy, you must take additional steps to prepare the Lync 2010 Attendee setup file for Windows Installer by creating a .zap file. For details about creating .zap files, see "Packaging Software for Deployment" at and "Step-by-Step Guide to Software Installation and Maintenance" at

User-Managed Installation of Lync 2010 Attendee

You can configure the meeting join page to make Lync 2010 Attendee available for download. If a user has not installed Microsoft Lync 2010 and he or she clicks a meeting URL, the meeting join page appears. The meeting join page always contains the option to use Microsoft Lync Web App. In addition to this option, you can configure the meeting join page to show the download link for Lync 2010 Attendee. For details about configuring the options available on the meeting join page, see Configure the Meeting Join Page.

Lync 2010 Attendee setup files are available from the Microsoft Download Center at the following locations.

  • Administrator-level installation is available at A user with an administrator account on the computer can install Lync 2010 Attendee so that all users of the computer can join Lync 2010 meetings.

  • User-level installation is available at If the user is not an administrator on the computer, but an administrator has allowed the user to perform installations, the user can install Lync 2010 Attendee for his or her own use.

To install Lync 2010 Attendee on a computer, Lync 2010 must not already be installed. The user must have either administrator rights and permissions on the computer or the user rights and permissions required to perform installations on the computer.