Topic Last Modified: 2013-02-21

Most of the work that a designer does in the Lync Server 2013, Planning Tool consists of defining the entries for the IP addresses and fully qualified domain names (FQDNs) for the entries on the network diagram. The information that is entered on this page carries over into the reports and other information contained in the Planning Tool.

Planning Tool Network diagram

The Planning Tool creates a network diagram with default text for IP addresses and FQDNs.

To edit the network diagram and input values:

  1. Choose a section of the network to begin working on. For example, double-click the text, In the dialog box that opens, type the actual FQDN of the server and the actual IP address, replacing the

  2. Click OK to save the entries.

  3. Continue to edit IP addresses and FQDNs, providing virtual IP addresses for hardware load balancers or server entries for Domain Name System (DNS) load balancing for servers in pools.

A helpful feature of the Planning Tool is that it can incrementally assign a range of IP addresses and server host names, rather than requiring the designer to edit each separate server in a pool. For example:

  1. Double-click the pooled Front End Servers. When the dialog box opens, select Do you want to use the IPs and FQDN as starting points for all equivalent servers in this cluster?.

  2. For example, the starting value for the first server is and an IP address of

  3. Type in Front End Server FQDN, type in Front End Server IP address, and then click OK.

  4. The auto-increment feature updates all servers in the pool to fe01 through fe06, and all IP address from to 136.

After you have completed all edits, save the topology by completing the following steps:

To save the Planning Tool design, click File, and then click Save Topology or Save Topology As. If a Save Planning Tool As dialog box appears, type a name for the file in File name, and then click Save.

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