Hardware and Software requirements for Skype for Business Server 2015


Skype for Business server 2015 has almost same Hardware and Software requirements as we had for Lync Server 2013. Skype for Business Server 2015 supports in-place upgrade from Lync Server 2013 because of same H/W profile. This article will provide you all the requirements which is useful for planning to deploy Skype for Business server 2015 in green field environment or brown field environment.

Hardware and software requirements for Skype for Business Server 2015:

Components Standard Edition Server Front End Server Back End Server Persistent Chat Server
CPU 64 bit, 2.26 GHz dual processor with 6 cores each or higher 64 bit, 2.26 GHz dual processor with 6 cores each or higher 64 bit, 2.26 GHz dual processor with 6 cores each or higher 64 bit, 2.26 GHz dual processor with 6 cores each or higher
Memory 32 GB 32 GB 32 GB 32 GB
Disk 2 x 10K RPM disks in RAID1 for OS
6 x 10K RPM disks in RAID 10 for Data
2 x 10K RPM disks in RAID1 for OS
6 x 10K RPM disks in RAID 10 for Data
2 x 10K RPM disks in RAID1 for OS
6 x 10K RPM disks in RAID 10 for Data
2 x 10K RPM disks in RAID1 for OS
6 x 10K RPM disks in RAID 10 for Data
Network 1 x dual port GbE NIC teamed together or 2 x single/dual port GbE teamed together 1 x dual port GbE NIC teamed together or 2 x single/dual port GbE teamed together 1 x dual port GbE NIC teamed together or 2 x single/dual port GbE teamed together 1 x dual port GbE NIC teamed together or 2 x single/dual port GbE teamed together
Operating System Windows Server 2012/2012R2 with latest service pack & updates + hotfix KB article 2858668 for windows server 2012 and KB article 2982006 for windows server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2012/2012R2 with latest service pack & updates + hotfix KB article 2858668 for windows server 2012 and KB article 2982006 for windows server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2012/2012R2 with latest service pack & updates + hotfix KB article 2858668 for windows server 2012 and KB article 2982006 for windows server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2012/2012R2 with latest service pack & updates + hotfix KB article 2858668 for windows server 2012 and KB article 2982006 for windows server 2012 R2
Common Prerequisite Windows PowerShell 3.0
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 with HTTP Activation
Windows Identity Foundation

Remote Server Administration Tools

Windows PowerShell 3.0
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 with HTTP Activation
Windows Identity Foundation

Remote Server Administration Tools

Windows PowerShell 3.0
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 with HTTP Activation
Windows Identity Foundation

Remote Server Administration Tools

Windows PowerShell 3.0
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 with HTTP Activation
Windows Identity Foundation

Remote Server Administration Tools

Additional Prerequisite Internet Information Services (IIS)
Windows Media Format Runtime
.NET Framework 3.5

Silverlight

Internet Information Services (IIS)
Windows Media Format Runtime
.NET Framework 3.5

Silverlight

Message Queuing
Components Mediation Server Video Interop Server Directors Edge Server
CPU 64 bit, 2.26 GHz dual processor with 4 cores each or higher 64 bit, 2.26 GHz dual processor with 4 cores each or higher 64 bit, 2.26 GHz dual processor with 4 cores each or higher 64 bit, 2.26 GHz dual processor with 4 cores each or higher
Memory 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB
Disk 2 x 10K RPM disks in RAID1 for OS
2 x 10K RPM disks in RAID 10 for Data
2 x 10K RPM disks in RAID1 for OS
2 x 10K RPM disks in RAID 10 for Data
2 x 10K RPM disks in RAID1 for OS
2 x 10K RPM disks in RAID 10 for Data
2 x 10K RPM disks in RAID1 for OS
2 x 10K RPM disks in RAID 10 for Data
Network 1 x dual port GbE NIC teamed together or 2 x single/dual port GbE teamed together 1 x dual port GbE NIC teamed together or 2 x single/dual port GbE teamed together 1 x dual port GbE NIC teamed together or 2 x single/dual port GbE teamed together 1 x dual port GbE NIC teamed together or 2 x single/dual port GbE teamed together
Operating System Windows Server 2012/2012R2 with latest service pack & updates + hotfix KB article 2858668 for windows server 2012 and KB article 2982006 for windows server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012/2012R2 with latest service pack & updates + hotfix KB article 2858668 for windows server 2012 and KB article 2982006 for windows server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2012/2012R2 with latest service pack & updates + hotfix KB article 2858668 for windows server 2012 and KB article 2982006 for windows server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2012/2012R2 with latest service pack & updates + hotfix KB article 2858668 for windows server 2012 and KB article 2982006 for windows server 2012 R2
Common Prerequisite Windows PowerShell 3.0
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 with HTTP Activation
Windows Identity Foundation

Remote Server Administration Tools

Windows PowerShell 3.0
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 with HTTP Activation
Windows Identity Foundation

Remote Server Administration Tools

Windows PowerShell 3.0
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 with HTTP Activation
Windows Identity Foundation

Remote Server Administration Tools

Windows PowerShell 3.0
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 with HTTP Activation
Windows Identity Foundation

Remote Server Administration Tools

Additional Prerequisite Internet Information Services (IIS)

You can use below scripts to install additional prerequisites:

Standard Edition / Front End Servers: Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-Core, RSAT-ADDS, Windows-Identity-Foundation, Web-Server, Web-Static-Content, Web-Default-Doc, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Asp-Net, Web-Net-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Log-Libraries, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Filtering, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Dyn-Compression, NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Mgmt-Tools, Web-Scripting-Tools, Web-Mgmt-Compat, Server-Media-Foundation, BITS -Source D:\sources\sxs

Directors: Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS, Web-Server, Web-Static-Content, Web-Default-Doc, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Asp-Net, Web-Net-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Log-Libraries, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Filtering, Web-Stat-Compression, NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Scripting-Tools, Web-Mgmt-Compat, Desktop-Experience, Telnet-Client D:\Sources\SxS\

Mediation Server: Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-Core, RSAT-ADDS, Windows-Identity-Foundation, NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45, Web-Asp-Net45 -Source D:\sources\sxs

Persistent Chat Server: Add-WindowsFeature Net-Framework-Core, RSAT-ADDS, Windows-Identity-Foundation, NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45, Web-Asp-Net45, MSMQ –Source D:\Sources\SxS\

Edge Server: Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-Core, Windows-Identity-Foundation, NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45, Web-Asp-Net45 -Source D:\sources\sxs

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