Introduction

In this section of the Deployment Guide you will need to answer a series of questions. By annotating the answers here you will make configuration at the later stages of deployment a lot more efficient. It has been written in such a way that you can use this as a quick reference guide during configuration.

If you are resource and capacity planning for your server hardware, please note that you can co-locate the different MindLink server installations all onto one virtual or physical hardware instance. If you have purchased different MindLink products and your chosen strategy is to maintain all the product installations on a single virtual or physical server host then please follow the guidelines in the pre-requisites sectionto ensure there is sufficient memory, CPU and disk space.


Deployment Decisions:


Lync/Skype for Business Decisions

Will you use Auto-Provision (Lync 2013/SfB Only) Yes No
What will be the Next Hop for the Front End Pool?
Which port will your server listen on (Default is 4096)
What Service Account will run the MindLink Service?( Read the Active Directory via LDAP)


Persistent IM

The MindLink Service Account needs impersonation rights on Exchange (see Prerequisite guide for details on the script) Yes No
What will be the Next Hop for the Front End Pool?


Exchange Decisions

Do you want to automatically resolve the Exchange server name? Yes No
Will you automatically resolve the Exchange server name from a list of well-knonw URLs? Yes No
Do you want to manually configure the Exchange server name? Yes No

See Also MindLink Anywhere Decisions


Product Decisions


These decisions will focus on your MindLink product and the available functionality.


How will users connect? Internally Externally
What Certificate will be used?
Will MLA be served by a Proxy? Yes No
Will there be Multiple MLA Endpoints with Load-balancing? Yes No
Will SSO be used? Yes No

These features are optional, but require prerequisite steps to be followed before they can be utilised through the MindLink Management Center. Therefore, you need to decide if you want to use them now so that when you get to the prerequisites page you know which features to follow.

Feature
Message translaion I want this I dont want this
User Aliases I want this I dont want this
Profile Pictures I want this I dont want this


How will users connect – VPN/WiFi/Mobile Data with Proxy? VPN LAN PROXY
How will your Certificate be signed? Internally Public CA
What is the Public Name of the Server (As per proxy config)
How will the Server connect to APNS or GCM – Proxy or Direct? PROXY Direct Connection
Will IM be enabled? Yes No
Will Group-Chat be enabled? - Refer to Prerequisite page for more informaiton Yes No

These features are optional, but require prerequisite steps to be followed before they can be utilised through the MindLink Management Center. Therefore, you need to decide if you want to use them now so that when you get to the prerequisites page you know which features to follow.

Feature
Push Notifications I want this I dont want this
HTTP Connectivity I want this I dont want this
Profile Pictures I want this I dont want this


What Auth mechanism will you use?
What will be the Published name of the Server?
Which Certificate will be used?


Example Architecture Diagrams

Overview of entire Suite