Recently Released Lync Resources

There has been some great Lync resources made available in the past couple of months that I have been meaning to blog about.  Here is a roll-up:

1. Lync Server Documentation Update

The Microsoft Lync Server documentation team recently released some significant updates to the Lync Server 2010 documentation in the TechNet Library which includes updates to major areas such as ‘Certificates and Wildcards’, and new documentation around Security and Troubleshooting.

You can read about the updates here: Lync Server Documentation Update: April 2011.

2. Lync Edge Server Reference Architecture Diagrams

There are three customizable Visio documents that can be used to plan or document your Lync Edge:

  • Reference Architecture 1: Single Consolidated Edge
  • Reference Architecture 2: Scaled Consolidated Edge (DNS Load Balanced)
  • Reference Architecture 3: Scaled Consolidated Edge (Hardware Load Balanced)

Note: you need the Microsoft Visio Viewer or Microsoft Viso.

You can read about them and download them from this NextHop article:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2011/03/10/lync-server-2010-edge-server-reference-architecture-diagrams-available-for-download.aspx.

3. Lync Server 2010 Visio Stencil

Similarly, in case you missed it, the Lync 2010 Visio Stencil can be a great planning tool: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=65b5a396-2c87-445d-be23-d324727d19cb.

4. Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer Now Supports Lync

This web tool can be used to test the auto-discover capabilities and external connectivty of your OCS or Lync Edge server(s). It has recently been updated to support Lync. You can use the tool here: http://www.testocsconnectivity.com/

5. Lync Server 2010 Capacity Calculator

This is an Excel spreadsheet used for calculating the hardware requirements based on the information you supply about your environment (number of users, expected load, etc…): http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=6e8342a7-3238-4f37-9f95-7b056525dc1a.

6. Lync Server 2010 Stress and Performance Tool (LSS)

This tool can be used to run test scenarios against an on-premise Lync Server 2010 deployment to validate performance targets. It can simulate simultaneous users on one or more Lync Servers: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=94b5f191-6d80-4dec-94c2-fca57995f8b7.

7. Early Chapters of the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit Technical Reference Book

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=8c64a1e1-f0b3-479c-a265-e480875c61d8

The folks behind the Lync Server resource kit book have been releasing chapters has they become available. As of now (April 2011) there are 5 chapters available here: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit.  This is one of the best references available for Lync. Of course you can always download the actual Lync Resource Kit Tools themselves here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=203466

8. Individual Resource Kit Tool Blog Posts

The Microsoft Lync Server Resource Kit team has done a great job with individual blog posts describing the various tools in the Lync Resource Kit. Here is a list of the individual blog posts for each tool: http://blogs.technet.com/b/drrez/archive/tags/reskit+tools/.

For example the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit Tool is explained here: Bandwidth Policy Service Monitor.

9. The Microsoft Updates Resource Center for Lync

When the Lync products team periodically releases updates they are posted here before they become available on Microsoft Update Resource Center for Lync: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/lync/gg131945.  Note: from experience, updates seem to take awhile (1 – 2 months to make their way onto this web site).

FYI, the Microsoft Updates Resource Center for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and Clients is also available.

10. The Ultimate Communications Store (by Tommy Clarke)

Fellow Lync MVP Tommy Clarke made a useful Amazon store list of devices that are optimized for Lync: http://www.ultimate-communications.com/store/.  This saves having to go to the Microsoft web pages of devices optimized for Lync (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/lync/gg278164), and then doing a separate search for prices to get an idea what certain devices cost.


Lastly, this really isn’t a tool, but there was some interesting talk of an Unofficial Windows Phone 7 Lync Client being made available as a side-development project from a couple of Microsoft developers. The short story is that the client will be made available “soon” on Windows Phone Marketplace, but it also will likely require a web service that sits between the device and the Lync back-end.  There is not ETA on that.

A YouTube video of the effort is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UABgObGTk6o&feature=player_embedded.

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