Posted by: Mudassir Ali | May 30, 2012

All About Microsot Lync 2010

Microsoft Lync Server 2010

Server Role
Each server running Microsoft Lync Server 2010 runs one or more server roles.
1. Front End Server and Back End Server: The Front End Server is the core server role, and runs many basic Lync Server functions
2. A/V Conferencing Server: Enables users to communicate online with real-time audio and video.
3. Edge Server: Enables your users to communicate and collaborate with users outside the organization’s firewalls.
4. Mediation Server: It translates signaling and, in some configurations, media between your internal Lync Server VoIP infrastructure and a PSTN gateway or a SIP trunk.
5. Monitoring Server: It collects data about the quality of your network media, in both Enterprise Voice calls and A/V conferences.
6. Archiving Server: archive instant messaging (IM) and web conferencing communications sent through Lync Server 2010
7. Director: Authenticates Lync Server user requests, but do not home user accounts, or provide presence or conferencing services.

Branch-Site Voice Resiliency
1. Survivable Branch Appliance (25 – 1000 Users)
2. Survivable Branch Server (1000 – 2000 Users)
3. A full Lync Server 2010 deployment at the branch site (>2000 Users)

TechNet Virtual Labs: Microsoft Lync Server 2010
Virtual Labs
TechNet Virtual Lab: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Voice Configuration
TechNet Virtual Lab: New Enterprise Voice Features of Microsoft Lync Server 2010
TechNet Virtual Lab: Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Unified Messaging and Lync Server 2010 Integration

Training:
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Videos
Watch the complete video series:
1. Designing Lync Jump Start (01): Overview of the Lync Server 2010 Design Process
2. Designing Lync Jump Start (02a): Designing a Lync Server 2010 Topology | Part 1
3. Designing Lync Jump Start (02b): Designing a Lync Server 2010 Topology | Part 2
4. Designing Lync Jump Start (03a): Designing for Conferencing and External Scenarios | Part 1
5. Designing Lync Jump Start (03b): Designing for Conferencing and External Scenarios | Part 2
6. Designing Lync Jump Start (04): Planning and Designing Load Balancing
7. Designing Lync Jump Start (05): Designing a Mediation Server Topology
8. Designing Lync Jump Start (06a): Designing Voice Infrastructure | Part 1
9. Designing Lync Jump Start (06b): Designing Voice Infrastructure | Part 2
10. Designing Lync Jump Start (07): Designing Exchange Server Unified Messaging Integration with Lync Server 2010
11. Designing Lync Jump Start (08b): Creating a Network Design for Lync Server 2010 – Part 2
12. Designing Lync Jump Start (09): Designing Location Services in Lync Server 2010
13. Designing Lync Jump Start (10): Designing Response Group Services
14. Designing Lync Jump Start (11): Designing Resiliency
15. Designing Lync Jump Start (12): Designing for Backup and Disaster Recovery
16. Designing Lync Jump Start (13): Designing Monitoring and Archiving Server
17. Designing Lync Jump Start (14): Planning a Migration to Lync Server 2010

1. Lync Server 2010 Deployment Best Practices
2. Lync Server 2010 Videos
3. Virtualization and Lync Server 2010
4. Troubleshooting Lync Server 2010 with Snooper
5. Deploying Lync Jump Start: Features and Architecture of Microsoft Lync Server 2010
6. How to Videos
7. Lync 2010 Attendant Training
8. Lync 2010 Conference and Collaboration Training
9. Lync 2010 Delegate Training
10. Lync 2010 IM and Presence Training
11. Lync 2010 RGS Training
12. Lync 2010 Training – May 2011
13. Lync 2010 Training Download Package Mar 2012
14. Lync 2010 Voice and Video Training
15. Lync Adoption and Training
16. Lync 2010 Adoption and Training Kit
17. Lync Instructor-Led Training
18. Microsoft Virtual Academy
19. Self-Paced E-Learning Courses
20. Practice Accelerator for Lync Server 2010
Microsoft Lync 2010 End User Trainings.
http://lync.microsoft.com/Adoption-and-Training-Kit/training/Pages/default.aspx
Download Lync 2010 training
Lync Instructor-Led Training
Make, receive, and manage calls with Lync 2010
Scheduling Lync 2010 Online Meetings
Joining a Lync 2010 Online Meeting

Installation & Configuration Guide:
YouTube video
Integrating Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and Cisco Unified Communications Manager
Cisco UC Integration for Microsoft Lync 8.5

Integration Guides:
Cisco CUCM Lync Installation and Configuration
Microsoft Lync 2010 with Microsoft Mediation Server via Cisco Unified Border Element (Enterprise Edition) 8.7 using SIP to Cisco Unified Communications Manager 8.5.1 PDF
Avaya and Microsoft Integration
Integrating Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and Avaya Communications Manager S8300

Planning and Preparation:
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Planning Tool:
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Capacity Calculator
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Stress and Performance Tool
Scenario-Based Capacity Planning

Dial Plans and Normalization Rules:
One of the most important part of configuration is Dial plan.
Dial plan scope levels are defined as follows:
1. User dial plan
2. Pool dial plan
3. Site dial plan
4. Global dial plan

Regular Expression Language – Quick Reference

^ match the start $ match the end
d match any digit d* 0 or more digits
d{5} any 5 digits [135] 1, 3, or 5
(13)|(17) 13 or 17 [1..5] 1 through 5
(…) “captures” the enclosed characters for referring to them in the result as $1, $2, $3, etc.

Voice Gateways
Direct SIP: PSTN Gateways and IP-PBXs Qualified for Lync Server
Supported IP-PBXs for Microsoft Lync Server 2010
Survivable Branch Appliances Qualified for Microsoft Lync Server 2010
SIP Trunking Services qualified for Lync Server 2010
Session Border Controllers qualified for Lync Server 2010
E-911 Service Providers and ELIN Gateways qualified for Lync Server 2010

Telephony central site topology

Distributed gateway topology

Recommended topology for central site voice resiliency

SIP trunking topology

Incremental deployment option

Lync Server VoIP-only deployment option

Signaling and media protocols used by the Mediation Server

Example of sites connected by a WAN link with a Mediation Server at Site 1 and a PSTN gateway at Site 2

Example of sites connected by a WAN link with a Mediation Server at Site 1 and a PBX at Site 2

Unified Communication network topology with enhanced media gateway for connectivity to PSTN

Posters:
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Protocol Workloads Poster
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Edge Server Reference Architecture Diagrams

Certification:
Exam 70-664
TS: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Configuring
Course 10533: Deploying, Configuring and Administering
Exam 70-665
PRO: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Administrating
Course 10534: Planning and Designing Microsoft Lync Server 2010
Exam 88-968
MCM: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Knowledge Exam
Microsoft Certified Masters Training: Lync Server 2010
Exam 88-968
MCM: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Qualification Lab Exam

Competitive Edge:
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Reference:
Microsoft Lync Server Team Blog
Microsoft Lync Forums
UC "14" Developer Training Kit
Microsoft Lync 2010 SDK
Microsoft Lync home page
Lync Server TechCenter
Lync Server 2010 TechNet Library
NextHop Blog
DrRez Blog


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