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The VDI plugin for Lync 2013 allows using Lync 2013 (which automatically becomes SFB after some updates are installed) over a remote desktop connection without performance penalties, by offloading the audio/video processing to the RDP client.

But what to do if you are using Office 2016 and Skype For Business 2016 on your virtual desktops / terminal servers?

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According to the official Microsoft documentation here:

This topic provides details on deploying the Microsoft Lync VDI plug-in, which is only supported on Windows 7 and Windows 8 or Windows Server 2008, and only supports Lync 2013 or Skype for Business 2015 clients.

Using the Lync VDI plugin should work with your Skype for Business 2015 clients. But Microsoft recommends using the new HDX RealTime Optimization Pack solution in new deployments.

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  • ...for which you need Citrix. Of course. – Massimo Nov 10 '16 at 18:54

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