Lync Server 2010 Group Chat now supported on SQL Server 2008 R2

Just a quick one to spread the word that Lync Server 2010 Group Chat is now supported by Microsoft on SQL Server 2008 R2. Official word is on NextHop over here.

This is great news after the original announcement in April that SQL Server 2008 R2 was supported for all what I call “first class” Lync Server database requirements e.g. Front End pool, Archiving, Monitoring databases.

To extrapolate from this, here is what it means for everyone using or planning to use Lync Server 2010 Group Chat:

  • No longer are two different versions of SQL Server required to be deployed (e.g. 2008 and 2008 R2) in your environment to be in a Microsoft supported scenario.
  • Those organisations planning Lync Server deployments today that include Group Chat can design their deployments on a consistent SQL Server 2008 R2 platform and be safe in the fact that they will be supported by Microsoft in production.

Time to go plan your SQL consolidation projects. 🙂

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