F5 deployment guides and associated iApp templates for Lync Server  (and now Skype for Business) are the result of collaboration and interoperability testing between Microsoft and F5 Networks using Microsoft Lync Server and the BIG-IP LTM. Microsoft requires hardware load balancing for Lync Web Services. Organizations using the BIG-IP LTM benefit from mission-critical availability, intelligent traffic management, simple scalability, and enhanced security for Lync Server deployments. You can also use the BIG-IP system as a reverse proxy for Microsoft Lync, eliminating the need for a separate reverse proxy device.

F5 also provides deployment guidance on configuring the BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager (GTM) for Lync site resiliency.  BIG-IP GTM uses topology-based load balancing to direct internal clients to Lync Front End Server resources, and external clients to Edge Server and Reverse Proxy resources. The following configuration example shows what this configuration might look like.  See the deployment guide for specific details.

 

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See https://devcentral.f5.com/codeshare/microsoft-lync-server-2013-2010-iapp-template for information on using the iApp template to configure Lync server.  See https://devcentral.f5.com/codeshare/microsoft-skype-for-business-server-2015 for information on Skype for Business (new name for Lync)

See https://f5.com/solutions/deployment-guides to find the appropriate deployment guide for quickly and accurately configuring the BIG-IP system for Microsoft Lync Server or Skype for Business. If you have any feedback on these or other F5 guides or iApp templates, leave it in the comment section below or email us at solutionsfeedback@f5.com. We use your feedback to help shape our new iApps and deployment guides.