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Topic Last Modified: 2010-07-18

You use Topology Builder to define and configure your topology prior to installing Microsoft Communications Server 2010. This section describes how to prepare for and then install Topology Builder, as well as how to use it to define a new Enterprise Edition topology and Front End pool.

After defining your topology, you must publish it before you can install Communications Server 2010. Before you publish it, however, you must set up your production environment. The topics in this section describe how to use Topology Builder to define the topology, but not how to publish it. The procedures required to prepare your production environment and publish your topology are described in a later section of this deployment documentation.

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