Topic Last Modified: 2013-10-07
Edge Servers provide a way for you to extend the capabilities of
Microsoft Lync Server 2013 to people who are not logged on to your
internal network. For example, if you have remote users --
authenticated users who log on to Lync Server 2013 over the
Internet rather than through the internal network -- you will need
to set up an Edge Server that runs the Lync Server Access Edge
service. Additionally, Edge Servers are required if you want to
establish federation with another organization or if you want to
give your users the right to communicate with people who have
accounts with a public instant messaging service such as Yahoo!,
AOL, or MSN.
As of September 1st, 2012, the Microsoft Lync Public IM
Connectivity User Subscription License (“PIC USL”) is no longer
available for purchase for new or renewing agreements. Customers
with active licenses will be able to continue to federate with
Yahoo! Messenger until the service shut down date. An end of life
date of June 2014 for AOL and Yahoo! has been announced. For
details, see Support for public
instant messenger connectivity.
The PIC USL is a per-user per-month subscription license that is
required for Lync Server or Office Communications Server to
federate with Yahoo! Messenger. Microsoft’s ability to provide this
service has been contingent upon support from Yahoo!, the
underlying agreement for which is winding down.
More than ever, Lync is a powerful tool for connecting across
organizations and with individuals around the world. Federation
with Windows Live Messenger requires no additional user/device
licenses beyond the Lync Standard CAL. Skype federation will be
added to this list, enabling Lync users to reach hundreds of
millions of people with IM and voice.
The following is a list of cmdlets that relate directly
to managing Edge Servers: