#Lync Question 5: I want to Learn about Lync where do I start

The help files (2010/2013) are great resources as is the Nexthop blog which is the portal and route to everything Lync.

Lync Server 2010

There are a few existing books on Lync Server 2010:

  • Mastering Lync Server 2010 (Nathan Winters, Keith Hanna) ISBN: 1118089537
  • Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Unleashed (Alex Lewis, Andrew Abbate and Tom Pacyk) ISBN: 0672330342

There are the following Instructor led course:

10533A: Deploying, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Lync Server 2010 http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/course.aspx?ID=10533A

10534A: Planning and Designing a Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Solution http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/course.aspx?ID=10534A

50573A: Premier Support for Lync Partners Tier 2 http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/course.aspx?ID=50573A

50571A: Partner Lync Support Training – Pre-Read Material http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/course.aspx?ID=50571A

50572A: Premier Support for Lync Partners Tier 1 http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/course.aspx?ID=50572A

The Lync Server 2010 MCM rotation have now finished.

In 2012, Microsoft run the 10553 and 10534 course online and they can be streamed for free:

Deploying Lync – Jump Start Series http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2012/04/27/deploying-lync-jump-start-series.aspx

Planning and Designing a Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Solution – Jump Start Series http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2012/05/04/planning-and-designing-a-microsoft-lync-server-2010-solution-jump-start.aspx

If you work for a Microsoft Partner and have access to the Microsoft Partner Learning Centre, then there are the following:

Lync Server 2010 Advanced Design and Deployment (Part 1) https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=808642

Lync Server 2010 Advanced Design and Deployment (Part 2) https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=808645

If you’re an end user there are a number of quick reference card available on the Microsoft Download Site:

Microsoft Lync 2010 Quick Reference Cards

Or each separately:

Microsoft Lync 2010 Instant Messaging and Presence Quick Reference Card http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=23098

Microsoft Lync 2010 Sharing and Collaboration Quick Reference Card http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=24049

Microsoft Lync 2010 Conferencing Quick Reference Card

Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendee Quick Reference Card

Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendant Quick Reference Card

Microsoft Lync 2010 Voice and Video Quick Reference Card http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=10197

Exam wise.

Exam 70-664: TS: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Configuring http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam.aspx?ID=70-664

Exam 70-665: PRO: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Administrator http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam.aspx?ID=70-665

Exam 74-322: Microsoft Lync Server 2010-Advanced Design and Deployment http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam.aspx?ID=74-322

Lync Server 2013

there are a few 2013 books now:

  • Mastering Lync Server 2013 (Keith Hanna, Nathan Winters) ISBN: 1118521323
  • Microsoft Lync 2013 Unified Communications: From Telephony to Real Time Communication in the Digital Age (Daniel Jonathan Valik) ISBN: 1849685061
  • Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Unleashed (Alex Lewis, Tom Pacyk, David Ross and Randy Wintle) ISBN: 0672336154
  • Lync Server 2013 Step by Step (Raihan Al-Beruni) ISBN: 1483983854

Or free ebooks:

There are the following instructor led course:

20335A: Lync Network Readiness Assessment

20336B: Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013 http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/course.aspx?ID=20336B

20337A: Enterprise Voice and Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013 http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/course.aspx?ID=20337A

if your in Sweden Tommy Clarke and Ståle Hansen (MVP’s) run a few courses

http://www.labcenter.se/home#lab=Mastering_Lync_Server_2013_-_Experts_ and http://www.labcenter.se/home#profile=Tommy_Clarke

Also the MCSM (Master) course http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcsm-communication-certification.aspx

If you’re a support engineer….there is a depth engineer course  (only available to partners).

Pluralsight (previously TrainSignal) have the following CBT’s:

Lync Server 2013 Core Solutions Pt. 1: Planning & Installing

Lync Server 2013 Core Solutions Pt. 2: Design & Plan Features

Lync Server 2013 Core Solutions Pt. 3: Migrate & Troubleshoot

Lync Server 2013: Initial Configuration

Lync Server 2013: Intro to Enterprise Voice & Unified Messaging

JumpStart Series has now been recorded and released for free:

JumpStart: Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013 http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Core-Solutions-of-Microsoft-Lync-Server-2013

Enterprise Voice and Online Services with Lync Server 2013 http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Lync337/

If you’re an end users, then quick reference guides: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/lync-help/quick-reference-guides-about-lync-HA103024172.aspx

Also finally there is the following book:

  • Microsoft Lync 2013 Plain & Simple (Darren Lloyd) ISBN: 0735674612

For you fancy your hand at 2013 related exams:

Exam 70-336: Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013 http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam.aspx?ID=70-336

Exam 70-337: Enterprise Voice & Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013 http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam.aspx?ID=70-337

Exam 74-338: Lync 2013 Depth Support Engineer http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=74-338

Exam 74-335: Network Readiness and Assessment for Lync

And the MCSM Communication, if you think your at a Master Level (Now retired)

  • Exam 88-945: MCSM Communication Knowledge Exam
  • Exam 88-946: MCSM Communication Lab Exam

Sadly as of end of CY2013 the MCSM program has ended.  It is hoped Microsoft Learning (MSL) will develop an advanced certification program in the future as well as the program group will develop as qualification program similar to the original Exchange Ranger for partners and SME’s.

There are also TechEd session to check out too.  Also Lync Conference (lyncconf.com) and find your local user group.

Once you’ve masters Lync then there is the world of SIP and integration.


  • UPDATE #1 (16/07/2013) – Covering new 2013 resources
  • UPDATE #2 (16/07/2013) Thanks to Simon Gardner ‏@simon_kiteless for correction for the updated Course 20336B
  • UPDATE #3 (06/03/2013) – General Updates

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