Microsoft has released a document Client Virtualization in Microsoft Lync 2010. The document describes the supported functionality, environments, and tools, and outlines a series of best practice recommendations for running the Microsoft Lync 2010 communications software client in a virtualized environment.
Client virtualization (also known as desktop virtualization), as a concept, separates a PC desktop environment from the device used to access the environment, by using a client/server model of computing. Users can access their desktops on any capable device, for example, a PC, notebook computer, smartphone, or thin client.
This document covers different client virtualization technologies and the benefits for each of the technologies, including improved manageability, data security, and “anywhere” data access for end-users. All the supported capabilities in Lync 2010 are described across multiple vendor products and architectures.
The final section of the document outlines the deployment recommendations for Lync 2010 in a virtualized environment (across different architectures) with Office 2010 integration. Information is also provided about the known limitations of using Microsoft Lync 2010 in a full desktop remoting environment.