Topic Last Modified: 2010-11-04

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 introduces a new web-based graphical user interface for administrators, called Lync Server Control Panel. This replaces the administrative interfaces of previous releases, which were Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins.

With a web-based user interface, administrators can manage their systems from anywhere on the corporate network without specialized management software installed on their computers. The Lync Server Control Panel can be used to perform many Lync Server 2010 tasks, and those tasks are presented in an easy-to-learn manner, with Help available.

When an administrator uses Lync Server Control Panel, it calls the appropriate underlying Lync Server Management Shell cmdlets to run the tasks. RBAC restrictions affect administrators who use Lync Server Control Panel.

Lync Server Control Panel supports the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Internet browser, Internet Explorer 7, and Mozilla Firefox 3. It requires the Microsoft Silverlight 4 browser plug-in.