I’d almost given up on finding time to blog this week. But fear not, Lync Insider readers, I do have something useful to share with you (quickly) today!

At the TechRepublic Data Center blog, John Joyner recently posted this:
Evaluating Lync Server 2013: Installation Steps

In the piece he goes through basic installation steps for Lync Server 2013. The intention of which is to provide the reader with a Lync Server 2013 system, so they can evaluate whether they want to use it in their office.

John’s post gives us a good reminder:
While Microsoft did provide a VHD (virtual hard drive) image for users to evaluate Lync Server 2010, they have not done so (yet) with Lync Server 2013. That means if you want to evaluate Lync 2013, you must install it full-version.

His instruction steps are similar to the first few posts of my “Moving to Lync Server 2013” series. Everything looks in order, in terms of necessary prerequisites.

However, it’s important to note: While most of the steps to install a full running version of Lync are the same as those here, they do NOT show how to install Enterprise Voice, Persistent Chat, Archiving or Monitoring. It stops before those.

If you want to evaluate Lync Server’s basic functions (IM, Presence and basic Conferencing), this guide will help you do so. If you want to evaluate the extra services like Persistent Chat, you’ll need to perform a complete install.

Or wait for the VHD image to become available. Since it’s the end of August already, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting.

The post ends with a link to Matt Landis’ ebook, “Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Step By Step for Anyone”, which I recommended on Twitter a while back. It’s a great next step if you want to move from evaluation to full install.

And of course, you have all my blog posts to help you too!

Looking to Try Out Lync Server 2013? TechRepublic has a Step-by-Step to Installing an Evaluation Version
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