Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Unleashed

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2013-04-09
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing
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Lync Server 2013 Unleashedis the most comprehensive, realistic, and useful guide to Microsoft Lync Server 2013, today's leading Unified Communications system. A team of expert Lync consultants and implementers bring together in-the-trenches guidance for all facets of planning, integration, deployment, and administration. The authors first introduce Microsoft Lync Server 2013 and show how it represents a powerful leap beyond earlier unified communications platforms. They systematically cover every form of communication Lync Server can manage, including IP voice, instant messaging, audio/video conferencing, web conferencing, and more. You'll find expert guidance on planning infrastructure, managing day-to-day operations, server roles, multi-platform clients, security, troubleshooting, and much more. This edition contains an entirely new section on Office 365 and Lync Online, including a full chapter covering coexistence between on-premise and Office 365 Lync deployments, and another introducing Lync online configuration and administration. Drawing on their extensive experience, the authors combine theory, step-by-step configuration instructions, and best practices from real enterprise environments. They identify common mistakes and present proven solutions and workarounds. Simply put, this book tells you what works - and shows you how to make it work.

Author Biography

Alex Lewis, MCITP, CISSP, has a mixed background in telecommunications, IT, and consulting, with more than 15 years of experience. He has worked with the Lync family of products since the Exchange 2000 instant messaging service and a number of other solutions, including Cisco, Avaya, Nortel, Shoretel, and NEC. He has worked with a wide range of environments from small organizations to large enterprises requiring complex or custom communications solutions, and he is responsible for architecting and implementing some of the largest Lync deployments in the world. Alex is a strong believer in the power of business and technology alignment using technological solutions to reduce costs and drive revenue and leveraging Communications Enabled Business Processes (CEBP) to accelerate business success. Including titles on Active Directory and Exchange, and two on Lync, Alex has participated in writing eight books from 2004 to present. He is currently principal consultant at Modality Systems, a boutique international consulting firm focused on Microsoft unified communications. He loves a challenge and brings a wealth of experience to each new engagement. In his spare time Alex enjoys scuba diving with sharks and beach volleyball.

Tom Pacyk is one of only a few people worldwide to hold both the Microsoft Certified Master certification and the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for Lync Server. Tom works as a Principal Systems Architect at ExtraTeam and is currently based in Chicago, Illinois. He began his career as a systems administrator and has moved into working as a consultant for the past seven years, designing and implementing collaboration solutions for large and small customers. His Unified Communications work began with the original Exchange 2000 instant messaging service, and he has been involved with implementations of every version of the product up to Lync Server 2013. Outside of work Tom runs a blog related to Microsoft Lync and Exchange topics, and he enjoys writing thrilling nonfiction books such as this one.

David Ross, MCITP, VCP, CCEA, CCSP, has more than 14 years of experience in IT consulting, the majority of which has been spent playing the lead architect role on network design and implementation projects throughout the San Francisco Bay area. David is currently acting as a principal engineer for Convergent Computing, and he develops hybrid solutions involving multiple vendor technologies for organizations of all sizes. Specialties for David include Active Directory, Exchange, Lync, Citrix technologies, virtualization solutions using VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, and Cisco routing, switching, and security technologies.

Randy Wintle is a Unified Communications Architect specializing in planning, architecture, and implementation of enterprise unified communications solutions. Randy has an exceptional track record for driving success on large enterprise deployments of Microsoft OCS and Lync Server 2010. He has successfully guided several large organizations in their development of strategies to enhance their business through Microsoft UC solutions. Randy is both a Microsoft Certified Master and a Microsoft MVP for Lync Server 2010, a rare combination and evidence of his technical prowess and recognition as an industry expert. Randy frequently participates in community and Microsoft-sponsored technical events. He helped develop the Microsoft training and certification programs for Lync and OCS. Randy has been previously published in the book Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit. He has also contributed to many online whitepapers and has a very successful UC blog.

Table of Contents

Part I. Overview

1. What Is Microsoft Lync Server W15?

2. What’s New in Microsoft Lync Server W15

3. Feature Overview of Microsoft Lync Server W15

4. Benefits of Microsoft Lync Server W15

5. Business Cases for Lync Server W15


Part II. Microsoft Lync Server W15 Server Roles

5. Microsoft Lync Server W15 Front End

6. Microsoft Lync Server W15 Edge

7. Microsoft Lync Server W15 Monitoring

8. Microsoft Lync Server W15 Archiving

9. Microsoft Lync Server W15 Director

10. Microsoft Lync Server W15 Mediation


Part III. External Dependencies

11. Dependent Services

12. SQL

13. Firewall and Security Requirements


Part IV. Administration and Management

14. Monitoring Microsoft Lync Server W15

15. Backup and Restore of Microsoft Lync Server W15

16. Administration of Microsoft Lync Server W15


Part V. Migrating from Older Versions

17. Migrating from OCS and Lync Server 2010


Part VI. Voice and Video

18. PBX Integration

19. Enterprise Voice

20. Audio Conferencing

21. Video Conferencing & Integration


Part VII. Office 365 and Lync Online

22. Overview of Office 365 and Lync Online

23. Office 365 Prerequisites

24. On premise and Office 365 coexistence

25. Lync Online Configuration and Administration


Part VIII. Integration with Other Applications

26. Exchange And SharePoint W15 Integration

27. UCMA and Development


Part IX. Clients

28. Mac Client

29. Mobile Clients

30. Windows, Browser and Silverlight Clients

31. UC Endpoints


Part X. Planning for Deployment

32. On-premise versus Lync Online

33. Virtualization

34. Planning for Internal Non-Voice Deployment

35. Planning to Deploy External Services

36. Planning for Voice Deployment

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