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  • Published:
    November 6, 2012
  • Languages:
    English, Japanese
  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Microsoft Lync Server 2013
  • Credit toward certification:

Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013

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Skills measured

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Plan and design a Lync topology (25–30%)
  • Plan Lync site topology
    • Evaluate user distribution for central and branch site design; analyze business requirements for Persistent Chat ethical boundaries or room design; associate workloads to business requirements; analyze business requirements and plan Lync physical architecture; analyze capacity requirements and plan Lync physical architecture; analyze and design Lync SIP domains
  • Plan Lync Server support infrastructure
    • Define certificate requirements for internal servers; analyze and design load balancing, DNS, SQL, filestore, and Lync to support IPv6
  • Plan Lync servers
    • Define collocation of server roles; analyze hardware requirements; determine storage requirements for archiving and monitoring; determine OS version requirements; determine OS dependencies
  • Design a Lync Server HA/DR solution
    • Strategy for branch office scenarios, resiliency, SQL mirroring, central site failover; strategy for Persistent Chat; strategy for voice applications
  • Design Edge Services
    • Define certificate requirements for remote servers; analyze and design firewall settings, load balancing, DNS, reverse proxy; analyze port requirements

Preparation resources

Plan and design Lync features (25–30%)
  • Design conferencing
    • WAC; coexistence strategy for legacy conferencing; conference access numbers; conferencing regions; conferencing lifecycle; conferencing policies
  • Design Lync remote and external access
    • Federation; public IM connectivity; XMPP; mobile push notifications; directors; remote user access
  • Plan for Lync user experience
    • Contact list management; client version control; privacy; common area phone hotdesking; Music on Hold; Address Book web search/download
  • Plan for clients and devices
    • Lync mobility; phone edition or 3PIP devices; client authentication options; analog devices; Lync users for VDI
  • Plan migration from previous versions
    • Migration sequence; decommissioning of old servers; client co-existence; monitoring and archiving; server co-existence; conference migration strategy
  • Plan end-user training for Lync client features
    • Enterprise Voice; Persistent Chat; managing a conference; participate in a conference with Lync mobile app, phone edition, Lync web app

Preparation resources

Deploy and configure Lync (20–25%)
  • Configure and publish topology
    • Mediation server collocation; trunks and gateways; Lync roles; multiple media gateway support; add/remove server features; deploy Edge Server
  • Configure conferencing
    • PIN policy; regions and conference dial in access numbers; meeting configuration; conference policies
  • Configure Lync remote and external access
    • Edge server; XMPP; PIC; federation; reverse proxy
  • Configure Persistent Chat
    • Categories and scope; rooms access; server policy; legacy endpoints; add-ins
  • Deploy and configure clients and devices
    • Lync client features; client policies; client security options; analog or phone edition/3PIP policies; mobile device policies; Lync users for VDI
  • Migrate from previous versions of Lync
    • Consolidate legacy servers to a supported single version; move legacy users; migrate legacy configurations, conferences, and Response Groups or LIS; move CMS or File Share Data
  • Configure HA/DR
    • Pool failover; site failover; invoke failover/failback; SQL mirroring, voice resiliency; map user experience to failover scenario

Preparation resources

Manage operations and data resiliency for Lync (25–30%)
  • Troubleshoot the Lync environment
    • Enable and collect logs; recover from failed server build; analyze event viewer; enable OCSLogger tracing; enable Best Practice Analyzer; verify name resolution
  • Manage the Lync environment
    • Run Lync BPA; enable or move Lync users; configure RBAC; maintain devices within the enterprise; configure Address Book; manage RGS delegated administration
  • Verify Lync environment health
    • Interpret Lync 15 monitoring reports and identify potential issues; configure synthetic transactions; test connectivity with Powershell Test Commandlet; configure core reliability and media quality monitoring; verify service health and CMS replication status
  • Mitigate data loss
    • Backup and restore application service data; filestore data and contacts; maintain and recover Lync 15 topology and LIS and RTC; recover CMS
  • Manage monitoring and archiving services
    • Deploy monitoring reports; configure CDR and quality of experience; Persistent Chat compliance; archiving; archiving with Exchange; archiving policies

Preparation resources

Who should take this exam?

Candidates for this exam are IT consultants and telecommunications consulting professionals who design, plan, deploy, and maintain solutions for unified communications (UC). Candidates should be able to translate business requirements into technical architecture and design for a UC solution.

Candidates should have a minimum of two years of experience with Microsoft Lync technologies and be familiar with supported migration scenarios. Candidates should be proficient in deploying Lync Server solutions for end users, endpoint devices, telephony, audio/video and web conferences, security, and high availability. Candidates should also know how to monitor and troubleshoot Lync Server using Microsoft tools.

In addition, candidates should be proficient with Active Directory Domain Services, data networks, and telecommunications standards and components that support the configuration of Lync Server. Candidates should be familiar with the requirements for integrating Lync Server with Microsoft Exchange Server and Office 365.

The minimally qualified candidate typically should have experience making decisions concerning the design, implementation, and maintenance of the following: central and branch office sites, standard and enterprise edition deployment, high availability and disaster recovery, remote access\external access, enterprise voice, Unified Messaging, conferencing, Persistent Chat, data compliance, client endpoints, and, migration from previous versions of Lync.

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