With the release of the Feature Pack 1 for Citrix XenDesktop 7.6, we now support audio and video optimization for Microsoft Lync 2013 Client and Server deployments using the Citrix HDX RealTime Optimization Pack for Lync. This level of Lync optimization is unique in the market.

While the optimization pack is the best way to deliver Lync to end-users in most scenarios, XenApp and XenDesktop also provide additional options which should be considered as part of the project planning phase.

These options are:

  1. Using Citrix HDX RealTime Optimization Pack for Lync
  2. Using Microsoft Lync 2013 VDI Plugin
  3. Citrix Generic HDX Delivery
  4. Citrix Local App Access
  5. Lync Online and Office 365

This deployment guide discusses all options in detail, provides best practice recommendations and step-by-step installation instructions.

Additionally, the document links to the appropriate documents you should read if you are planning on having Netscaler as part of your deployment.

I co-authored this document with Scott Lane, Principal Solutions Architect and a 10 year veteran at Citrix. Tweet: @TheCitrixLane and you can follow me @Mynk_S

For more information about Lync and how it pertains to your XenApp / XenDesktop environment read this blog by Derek Thorslund.