Topic Last Modified: 2010-12-13

Deploying edge components for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 makes it possible for external users who are not logged into your organization’s internal network, including authenticated and anonymous remote users, federated partners, and users of public instant messaging (IM) services, to communicate with other users in your organization using Lync Server. The deployment and configuration processes for Lync Server 2010 are significantly different from previous releases because Lync Server 2010 provides new tools for installation and administration that change the way that you work with Lync Server components. The sections in the Edge Deployment Overview topic describe the deployment process, new tools, and how you use the tools to deploy edge components for external user access.

Before you begin, watch the short video at for an overview of using Topology Builder to add an Edge Server to an existing Lync Server 2010 deployment.

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