Removing an Enterprise Edition Front End Server or Standard Edition Front End Server


Topic Last Modified: 2014-03-19

The process outlined in this topic is designed to step you through the procedures to remove a Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Edition Front End pool or a Standard Edition Front End Server. These are the same procedures that you use when you remove a specific server role. The steps are arranged in an order that helps to ensure that you have a minimal impact on your users. If there is a potential for user impact, the procedures note this so that you can plan appropriate downtime in accordance with your downtime and change control procedures.

When you remove a Front End pool, you do not need to remove each Front End Server first. For details, see Step 4 in the table in this topic. Additionally, it is not necessary to remove each server role that is associated with the Front End pool and Front End Server. You can reassign most server roles to another pool in your deployment. For details, see the appropriate steps in the table in this topic.


The procedures in this section address how to remove a Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Edition Front End pool or Standard Edition Front End Server that does not contain the Central Management store. For details about moving the Central Management store, see Move the Central Management Server to Another SQL Server. To remove and decommission a Lync Server 2010 deployment, see Decommissioning a Deployment.

When you remove an Enterprise Edition Front End pool or a Standard Edition Front End Server, you must perform a large number of procedures. Though it may seem complex, Topology Builder enforces rules that ensure that you maintain the overall health of the topology.

In This Section

Step Procedure


Step 1

Disable System Center Operations Manager or Third Party Monitoring


Step 2

Move Users to Another Pool


Step 3

Prevent Sessions for Services


Step 4

Removing a Branch Site


Step 5

Removing a Mediation Server Pool or Stand-alone Server


Step 6

Removing an A/V Conferencing Server or Pool


Step 7

Remove a Front End Server from a Pool


Step 8

Moving Conferencing and Voice Components


Step 9

Confirm that a Front End Pool or Front End Server is Vacant


Step 10

Removing an Archiving Server


Step 11

Removing a Monitoring Server


Step 12

Removing a File Store


Step 13

Start or Stop Lync Server 2010 Services


Step 14

Removing SQL Server Instances and Databases on the Back End Server


Step 15

Remove Front End Pool or Standard Edition Server


Step 16

Publish a Topology After a Server Role or File Share is Removed


Step 17

Confirm Local Configuration Store Replication Status


Step 18

Remove Lync Server 2010 Files


Step 19

Remove Prerequisite Software From Lync Server


Step 20

Remove a Computer from Active Directory