Topic Last Modified: 2010-07-17
You can install and run Topology Builder on a workstation or server that meets the requirements described in this section. This makes it possible to use Topology Builder outside of the production environment. However, when it is time to publish your topology and start deployment, you must publish it by running Topology Builder on the first Front End Server (after meeting all the prerequisites described in this section).
This topic provides the installation, publishing, and administration requirements for Topology Builder. Topology Builder is installed along with the Communications Server 2010 Administration Tools.
Requirements for Installing Topology Builder
To install the Administration Tools, including Topology Builder, make sure the computer is running the following:
- Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 (64 bit), Windows
Server 2008 R2 (64 bit), Windows Vista with SP2 (64 bit), or
Windows 7 (64 bit)
- Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 with SP1. After installing the
.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 package, you should immediately install the
updates described in the following Knowledge Base articles:
- For details about addressing a set of known application
compatibility issues, see Knowledge Base article 959209, “An update
for the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 is available,” at
- For details about addressing a file association issue for XPS
documents, see Knowledge Base article 967190, “Fix: You cannot open
an XPS document by using the Microsoft XPS Viewer on a Windows
Vista x64 edition-based computer that has .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
installed,” at KB967190.
- For details about addressing a set of known application compatibility issues, see Knowledge Base article 959209, “An update for the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 is available,” at KB959209.
- Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable x64 9.0.30729
Package, which is available from the Microsoft Download Center at
- Windows PowerShell V2 RTM. Windows PowerShell V2 is already
available on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. To install
Windows PowerShell V2 RTM on Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista,
you must first uninstall any previous versions of Windows
PowerShell prior to installing this required version.
- You can download the Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB968930),
which includes Windows PowerShell v2 RTM, from the Microsoft
Download Center at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=D37E25CF-DB05-4B23-A852-CDF865D81B82&displaylang=en.
- You can download the Update for Windows Vista for x64-based
Systems (KB968930) from the Microsoft Download Center at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=0f73efa2-f8d6-45f3-a8f8-5cdc205b119a&displaylang=en.
- You can download the Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB968930), which includes Windows PowerShell v2 RTM, from the Microsoft Download Center at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=D37E25CF-DB05-4B23-A852-CDF865D81B82&displaylang=en.
Requirements for Publishing a Topology
You can publish your topology only by running Topology Builder on the first server to be deployed (the Front End Server). The following is required before you can publish and enable a topology from Topology Builder:
- The SQL Server back-end server must be joined to the domain in
which you are deploying the servers, online, and accessible during
- The computers referenced in the topology must be joined to the
domain and in Active Directory Domain Services, but do not need to
be online when you publish the topology (except for the SQL Server
back-end server, as described in the previous bullet).
- The file share location must be established and accessible by
the user account used to publish the topology.
- The SQL Server 2005 backward compatibility components
(SQLServer2005_BC.msi, which is included on the installation media)
must be installed on the server on which you are using Topology
Builder to publish the topology. This should be installed
automatically when you install the Administration Tools.
- Permission requirements for publishing are Domain Group
membership in the following groups:
- DomainAdmins Group
- RTCUniversalServerAdmin Group
- DomainAdmins Group
Requirements for Administering the Topology
The permission required to administer the topology by using the Communications Server Control Panel is Domain Group membership in the CSAdministrator Group.