Topic Last Modified: 2010-07-19
Acquiring and setting up the hardware that you need to implement your topology requires that, prior to publishing your topology in Topology Builder, you do the following:
- Acquire the hardware for each component in the topology design
that you created and saved by using Topology Builder, including all
required computers and hardware load balancers. For details about
how to define a topology that specifies the components needed for
your deployment, see Defining the Topology in
Topology Builder. For details about hardware requirements for
an Enterprise pool, see Production Environment
- Set up Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). Setting Up AD
DS includes preparing AD DS and defining all components that you
want to deploy in AD DS. For details about preparing AD DS, see
Directory Domain Services for Communications Server 2010.
- Install the operating systems and all prerequisite software on
each computer on which a Microsoft Communications Server 2010
server role is to be deployed. For details about server operating
systems and prerequisite software, see Preparing Your
- Set up SQL Servers, including installing all prerequisite
software on each database server required to support your
deployment and configuring all required SQL Server instances. This
includes the SQL Server instance for the back end, as well as an
instance for archiving and monitoring (if your topology design
includes Archiving Server and Monitoring Server). For information
about the SQL database requirements, see Supported Back-End
Database Servers in the Planning documentation.
- Set up the required permissions for creating the file share.
Permissions for use of file shares by Communications Server 2010
are automatically configured by Topology Builder when you publish
your topology. However, the user account used to publish the
topology must have full control (read/write/modify) on the file
share in order for Topology Builder to configure the required
permissions. For example, you can create the file share with full
control granted to Domain Admins or other user group, and then
require that the Topology Builder user account used to publish your
topology be a member of that group.
Warning: The file share for Communications Server 2010 cannot be located on the Front End Server.
- Install and set up the hardware load balancer for Web
After you complete all of the preparation tasks as described in this topic, but prior to publishing the Topology, you also need to perform the other preparation tasks, including setting up Internet Information Services (IIS), configuring SQL Server, creating and configuring file shares, and configuring hardware load balancing. For details about completing each of these tasks, see Preparing the Production Environment.