Software Installation - How To

How to deploy Microsoft Lync Basic 2013 using Desktop Central?


This document provides you the steps required to deploy Microsoft Lync Basic 2013 to multiple computers using Desktop Central.


To deploy Microsoft Lync Basic 2013, follow the steps given below:

Download the Installables

  1. Download the Microsoft Lync Basic 2013 from the following website:
    Microsoft Lync Basic 2013 (64 Bit): 
    Microsoft Lync Basic 2013 (32 Bit):

Extract the Contents of the EXE

  1. Go to command prompt and navigate to the location where you have downloaded the installable
  2. Extract the contents of lyncentry.exe to the desired location: < storage location >\Lync2013Basic\setup.exe/extract:C:\Software\Lync2013Basic
    For example: C:\lyncentry.exe /extract:C:\Software\Lync2013Basic

Customize the Installation

  1. Go to command prompt and navigate to the location where you have downloaded the installable
  2. Invoke installation of Lync : C:\Software\Lync2013Basic\setup.exe /admin
  3. Microsoft Office Customization Tool opens, select Microsoft Lync 2013 Basic (32-bit) and click OK
  4. Click License and user interface as mentioned below, accept the 'Terms and Conditions' in the license agreement. Ensure only Suppress Modal is enabled
  5. Select Set feature installation states and choose Microsoft Lync. Click "Run from My Computer"

  6. The Customization Wizard creates a Microsoft transform (custom.msp) file, which needs to be stored in the same folder as Lync.exe file.

Add the Software Package to Desktop Central

To install from a network share, copy the files that you have extracted (as mentioned above), in the same structure to the network share. The network share should have read access to "Everyone" and "Authenticated Users" group.

  1. Click on Software Deployment Tab
  2. Choose the application type as exe
  3. Under packages, click Add Package
  4. Choose Network Path and click Browse to locate the file.
  5. Under Installer/Uninstaller Settings - enter the installation command as "< storage location >\Lync2013Basic\setup.exe" /adminfile "< storage location >\custom.msp"
    For Example: "\\Network Share Name\Folder\Lync2013Basic\setup.exe" /adminfile "\\Network Share Name\Folder\Lync2013Basic\custom.msp"
  6. Specify the Advanced Options if required and click Add Package

Create and Deploy the Configuration

  1. Select the package that you have added
  2. Click Install/Uninstall Software
  3. Enter a name and description for the configuration
  4. Define the package settings
  5. Configure the deployment settings
  6. Choose the target computers
  7. Specify the schedule options, if required
  8. Click Deploy

You have deployed Microsoft Lync Basic 2013 to the target computers.