Topic Last Modified: 2010-12-13

To prepare the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) forest, you must successfully extend the schema, as described in the topic Schema Preparation and ensure that the schema has replicated, as described in the topic Verify Replication of Schema Partition.

After these prerequisites are satisfied, you can begin Step 3: Prepare Current Forest. To prepare the forest, log on to a computer in the forest root as a member of Domain Admins in the forest root or as a member of the Enterprise Admins for the forest that you are preparing.

  1. From the Deployment Wizard at Step 3: Prepare Current Forest, click Run.

  2. From the Prepare Forest page, click Next.

    Forest Preparation allows you to choose where to place the Universal Groups for Lync Server 2010. Choose a location that is consistent with the requirements of your organization.
  3. On the Executing Commands page, look for Task status: Completed, and then click View Log. Ensure that there are no errors. Review warnings to determine if they are expected and typical for your infrastructure.

  4. Under the Action column in the log, expand Forest Prep, look for a <Success> Execution Result at the end of each task to verify that forest preparation completed successfully, close the log, and then click Finish.

  5. Wait for Active Directory replication to complete, or force replication to all domain controllers listed in the Active Directory Sites and Services snap-in for the forest root domain controller, before running domain preparation. Force replication between the domain controllers in all Active Directory sites to cause replication within the sites to occur within minutes.

    If at any time you need to review the log files that are created by the Lync Server Deployment Wizard, you can find them on the computer where the Deployment Wizard was run in the Users directory of the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) user who ran the step. For example, if the user logged in as the domain administrator in the domain, the log files are located in: