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  • Published:
    January 7, 2016
  • Languages:
    English, German, Japanese
  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Lync Server 2013
  • Credit toward certification:

Recertification for MCSE: Communication

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Plan and Design a Lync topology
  • 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 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
    • Design strategy for branch office scenarios; design for resiliency; design SQL mirroring; design central site failover; design strategy for persistent chat; design strategy for voice applications
Plan and design Lync features
  • Plan for Lync user experience
    • Plan for contact list management; plan for client version control; plan for privacy; plan for common area phone hotdesking; plan for Music on Hold; plan for Address Book Web search/download
  • Plan for clients and devices
    • Design Lync mobility; plan for Phone Edition or 3PIP devices; define client authentication options; plan for Analog devices; plan for Lync users for VDI
Deploy and configure Lync
  • Configure and publish topology
    • Configure mediation server collocation; configure trunks and gateways; configure Lync roles; configure multiple media gateway support; add or remove server features; deploy Edge server
  • Deploy and configure clients and devices
    • Configure Lync client features; configure client policies; configure client security options; configure analog or Phone Edition/3PIP policies; configure mobile device policies; configure Lync users for VDI
  • Configure HA/DR
    • Configure pool failover; configure site failover; configure SQL mirroring; configure voice resiliency; map user experience to failover scenario
Manage operations and data resiliency for Lync
  • 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
  • Mitigate data loss
    • Backup and restore application service data; backup and restore filestore data; backup and restore Contacts; maintain and recover Lync 15 topology; maintain and recover LIS and RTC; recover CMS
Design Enterprise Voice
  • Design Enterprise Voice topology
    • Design mediation server collocation or placement; design for gateways; design trunks; design voice resiliency; design mediation server dependencies
  • Design voice applications
    • Design call park; design response group delegation mode; design response group workflows; determine correct usage of private line; design vacant number announcements
  • Design call routing
    • Design dial plans; design routes; design normalization; design voice policies; define PSTN usages; design for basic emergency dialing and notification
Design and configure network services
  • Design for network optimization
    • Assess network requirements; plan for optimal conferencing traffic; plan for capacity; plan for Edge placement; plan for QOS support; estimate network usage
  • Plan network services for Lync
    • Plan Location Information Services (LIS); plan Call Admission Control (CAC) for voice; plan Call Admission Control (CAC) for video; define port requirements for internal service; define port requirements for external services; plan for Media Bypass
  • Configure network services for Lync
    • Configure Location Information Services (LIS); configure Call Admission Control (CAC) for voice; configure Call Admission Control (CAC) for video; configure DHCP for Phone Edition; configure QOS; configure Media Bypass
Configure Enterprise Voice
  • Configure voice applications
    • Configure call park; configure Response Group workflows; configure Response Group queues; configure private line; configure vacant number announcements
  • Configure call routing
    • Configure dial plans; configure routes; configure trunks; configure and apply voice policies; configure PSTN Usages; configure emergency dialing

Who should take this exam?

This exam is for individuals looking to maintain their MCSE: Communication certification. It is based on the exam objectives from 336 and 337.

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