Wow! I didn’t even finish the Deploying Lync Server Jump Start Course from Microsoft, before people started asking questions. Does it talk about this, would it work for my employees, and so on.

Since I promised a “takeaway” post of some sort last week, I’ll use this post to answer the questions you sent in.

Who would you recommend these Lync Server Jump Starts for?

Anyone new to Lync’s administration side of things. But not IT administration in general – they do require basic knowledge of server operations and networking.

Are video recordings available?

Not yet. But this is their most likely destination when they are posted: Technet Edge Videos
(The Jump Start team might be waiting until after this week’s course is over. I’ll update this section when recordings are posted.)
UPDATE: Video recordings are now available at: http://aka.ms/DeployLync
(Requires Windows Live account)

Are the slide decks available for download?

Download links to the slides are (right now) only accessible if you’ve signed up for one of the Jump Start courses. I’ve requested a public download link from Microsoft. I do have the slides, but unless they say it’s all right to post them, I’d rather not do so beforehand.
UPDATE: I’ve received permission from Microsoft to post this link: Lync 2010 Jump Start: Session Downloads. Click on the title of each session to find the download links for the slides (the video recordings are also available for download here, too).

Is this course enough to prepare you for the 70-664 (Lync Server 2010, Configuring) exam?

Not quite. It’s billed as giving most of the required material, but not all. If you’re just starting the certification process, use this course to familiarize yourself with the many parts of Lync Server. Then, build on it with additional study materials like:

 

What was the most important part of the course?

I’d have to say it was Day 2, the Enterprise Voice discussions. (Voice Day, yaaay!)

Enterprise Voice is arguably the most complex part of Lync Server. Devoting a whole day to its many components and interactions was a great idea. And they sure picked it apart – going from PSTN connectivity to Mediation Servers. Voice policies to Call Park. Exchange Unified Messaging integration to Response Groups.

The instructors gave several demos to show, real-time, how Enterprise Voice processes are put in place.

Including how to integrate Lync Server with Exchange Server 2010 SP1. I’ve copied the 3 slides they gave as a reference for that, in Module 6b.

Step 1: Integration Tools
These two tools – one in Exchange Server, one in Lync Server – make integration possible.

The tools for integrating Lync Server and Exchange Server UM

Step 2: Integration on Exchange’s Side
Create a UM SIP Dial Plan in Exchange Server 2010 SP1.

Steps for preparing an Exchange UM Dial Plan

Step 3: Integration on Lync’s Side, and Use the Tools
Configure Lync’s dial plans to match the Exchange plan. Then, run Exchange’s exchucutil.ps1. Afterward, run Lync’s ocsumutil.exe.

Matching a Lync Dial Plan to Exchange, and Running Integration Tools

That’s an oversimplified explanation. But you see how the Jump Start listed out steps in their presentation. When paired with their discussion, you can easily see how the process works.

Don’t forget – the second Jump Start, Planning and Designing a Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Solution is going on right now (started yesterday).

Sign up at the link (free) and you’ll be able to follow along today and tomorrow. You can download the slides from yesterday, today and tomorrow as well.

Did you attend the Jump Start? What for? And did you get what you wanted out of it?

Q&A on the Lync Deployment Jump Start Course
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