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Topic Last Modified: 2010-07-15

Providing support for external user access, federation, and integration with Public IM Connectivity (PIC) requires deployment of Edge Servers and other components in the perimeter network, as well as preparation of the network and firewall infrastructure to support these components. Deployment includes using the tools provided in Communications Server 2010 to start the deployment of Edge Servers. This section provides an overview of the edge deployment process, the tools to be used for edge deployment, and best practices for deploying components to support external user access.

The following flow chart gives an overview of the steps required to set up an Edge server environment:

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