Microsoft Lync 2010 is a unified communications platform providing instant messaging, voice, video, and application sharing for both internal and external users. Each server in a Lync deployment provides a portion of the overall Lync functionality; and each server can be scaled to a pool of servers load balanced by SteelApp Traffic Manager. This deployment guide provides the steps necessary for SteelApp to load balance the following Lync pools:
- Front End Pool: The main Lync pool that handles authentication, instant messaging, and various other services
- Director Pool: Offloads authentication of users from the Front End Pool
- Edge Pool: Allows external users to access Lync. They can be remote users or users from another organization, controlled by policy
For each pool a list of ports is provided along with the load balancing algorithm, health monitor, persistence profile, and IP Transparency setting to use with each port.