Hello, we are about to start a Lync installation and one of the first things it needs is my internal certificate authority. I have never had the need for a CA to date but need to get one installed asap. The research I've done seems to fall into one of two camps and, at present, the whole CA picture is over my head. Some point to the need for extensive planning to construct the proper CA/PKI infrastructure and some indicate it's as simple as adding the role to a DC and being done with it.
I suspect it to be somewhere in between. Initially, I need it for Lync and perhaps certs for activesync mobile phone synchronization and perhaps signing some internally generated applications so perhaps my needs aren't that complex.
Can anyone share some light or experiences on how big a plan I have to make for what I need to accomplish?
We put Lync in for inhouse use approx 22 users to feel the pain for a company on a migration from a PBX to Lync as a comms system.
Of all we had to do, the certs was the easiest. We presently do not use Lync for mobile devices and do not have plans for the same.
USB devices that are Lync capable are a doddle. IP phones that are Lync capable are not so easy. Snom need Beta software installed, Polycom have different configs for different phones, Cisco phones stripped down can be complex. Haven't used or tried much more on IP phones/ devices.
Depending on the size of the site/ sites you are building for, talk to the Cert Authority, they all seem to have good tech support on certificate issues.
After everything that has happened during the month of Jan 07, I do believe that pigs fly backwards!