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Topic Last Modified: 2010-07-14

Topology Builder is a wizard-driven user interface that you use to create your initial Microsoft Communications Server 2010 topology, and to make changes to that topology later. With Topology Builder, your topology is validated before you commit it or begin installing Microsoft Communications Server 2010 on any servers, and the setup process itself on each server is greatly simplified.

You use Topology Builder to create your topology and add Microsoft Communications Server 2010 components to it. You can also specify details such as fully qualified domain names (FQDN). Topology Builder displays your topology in a tree view.

After you are satisfied with the topology, Topology Builder will validate it. If the topology passes validation, you can create installation images for each server in your deployment. This procedure ensures that each server is installed and configured correctly for your deployment.

Topology Builder interacts with the Central Management Store, the database that stores your topology.

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