Lync learning resources

I’m doing some studying around Lync topics, with the aim of passing the Lync MCITP. Here’s a quick summary of resources I’ve found, and I’ll update as and when I find more.

Exams

Two exams make up the MCITP: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Administrator certification. It’s worth visiting the pages for the exams to understand the requirements for each, and reviewing the “Skills Measured” to ensure you have a good grasp of each topic.

Exam 70-664
Exam 70-665

Lync Jump Start training

Some excellent free training from Microsoft – a total of 5 days worth of webcasts, specifically covering what’s expected for the exams, as with the official training courses. Good mix of lecture/slides and practical lab-based demos. All downloadable in a variety of formats so perfect for keeping a laptop or tablet for commutes.

Deploying Lync for the 70-664 exam
Designing Lync for the 70-665 exam

Product Documentation

Lync, like most Microsoft products, is extensively documented on Technet. This is really the definitive place to visit to learn more about a specific feature.

Books

I’ve been reading Mastering Lync Server 2010 by Nathan Winters and Keith Hanna which is proving an excellent guide, especially when a Technet explanation goes over my head. It is available from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Labs

While building your own virtual lab for Lync is a great learning experience, it can be useful to dive into someone else’s to look at a specific feature. This is also great if you don’t have a computer capable of running several virtual machines.

The Microsoft Virtual Hosted Platform Hands On Labs are excellent, there are 10 scenarios for Lync Server 2010, click to start and a virtual environment is created for you, with clear lab notes to follow.

Blogs

Quite a few other people have blogged useful stuff about the exams, often linking direct to Technet content specific to expected exam topics. These can make for a useful reference for subjects you might have forgotten!

http://kressmark.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/exam-70-664-ts-microsoft-lync-server.html

http://geekswithblogs.net/enriquelima/archive/2010/12/23/unofficial-prep-guide-for-ts-microsoft-lync-server-2010-configuring.aspx

http://geekswithblogs.net/enriquelima/archive/2011/05/09/unofficial-prep-guide-for-pro-microsoft-lync-server-2010-administrator.aspx

http://geekswithblogs.net/enriquelima/archive/2011/05/09/unofficial-prep-guide-for-pro-microsoft-lync-server-2010-administrator-again.aspx

Video

Microsoft’s Channel 9 site is a fantastic resource – all the content from previous TechEd conferences and similar events is made available there. There are lots of sessions to watch including some deep dives into specific features, often presented by the people who make the product – it can be a nice break from the books if you need more understanding of a particular feature or role. Like the Jump Start series, most are available in a variety of formats to download so ideal to keep handy for when you have some time.