Topic Last Modified: 2013-01-29

Lync Server 2013 offers a rich set of conferencing capabilities:

Lync Server 2013 supports both scheduled conferences and impromptu conferences.

When you deploy Lync Server 2013, Front End Server, you can choose whether to also deploy the web conferencing, A/V conferencing, and dial-in conferencing capabilities. IM conferencing capabilities are always automatically deployed along with IM conversation capabilities on Lync Server 2013 Front End Servers.

If your deployment includes meetings organized using Office Communicator 2007 R2 clients (including the Live Meeting console or Conferencing Add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook), the meetings will have the following limitations after they are migrated to Lync Server 2013:
  • Users in the meeting will not be able to use data collaboration features, including document collaboration, application sharing, and desktop sharing.

  • Stability issues may arise since Office Communicator 2007 R2 clients are not supported with Lync Server 2013.

To avoid these issues, reschedule any meeting organized using Office Communicator 2007 R2 clients with Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2013 using either the Online Meeting Add-in for Lync 2010 or Online Meeting Add-in for Lync 2013.

The following sections describe what is required to deploy the various types of conferencing capabilities, including the planning process, components, hardware and software requirements, and the deployment process.

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