Top 10 Links for Lync

This week has been a flurry of activity with the re-branding of OCS and the Release Candidate being made publicly available.

Here is a list or 10 resources I found useful for getting up and running with Microsoft Lync Server 2010:

The Microsoft Lync Home Page on TechNet
Microsoft TechNet System Requirements, Planning Primer, Lab Deployment Guide
Introducing Microsoft Lync, the next OCS!
The UC Group Team Blog introduction and explanation of the re-brand and naming, etc…
#OCS #Lync Lync 2010 vs OCS 2007 R2 vs OCS 2007 R1 Client Supportability Matrix
Great summary of the client supportability matrix.
Step-by-step Microsoft Lync 2010 Consolidated Standard Server Install Guide
A good overview of the Standard Server installation Process.
Lync Server 2010 lab deployment guide (Part 1)
A detailed explanation of deploying Lync in your lab.
Adding Domain or Enterprise Admins to Lync Server 2010
A good explanation of the potential Domain Admin error.
Installing IIS Role Services for Lync Server 2010
A good write-up on how to make the pre-requisite installation for the IIS roles easier before installing Lync.
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Media Bypass
A nice overview of the new Media Bypass capabilities in Lync Server 2010.
21 Reasons to Use Windows PowerShell to Manage Lync Server 2010
Good tips on PowerShell and Lync.
More about manageability changes in Lync Server 2010
A good overview of some of the high level management concepts in Lync to get you up and running.
Of course, I can’t forget the links for the actual RC download:
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Release Candidate (RC)
Lync Server 2010 Release Candidate System Requirements
  1. The Microsoft Lync Home Page on TechNet
    • Microsoft TechNet System Requirements, Planning Primer, Lab Deployment Guide
  2. Introducing Microsoft Lync, the next OCS!
    • The UC Group Team Blog introduction and explanation of the re-brand and naming, etc…
  3. #OCS #Lync Lync 2010 vs OCS 2007 R2 vs OCS 2007 R1 Client Supportability Matrix
    • A great summary of the client supportability matrix.
  4. Step-by-step Microsoft Lync 2010 Consolidated Standard Server Install Guide
    • A good overview of the Standard Server installation Process.
  5. Lync Server 2010 lab deployment guide (Part 1)
    • A detailed explanation of deploying Lync in your lab.
  6. Adding Domain or Enterprise Admins to Lync Server 2010
    • A good explanation of the potential Domain Admin error.
  7. Installing IIS Role Services for Lync Server 2010
    • A good write-up on how to make the pre-requisite installation for the IIS roles easier before installing Lync.
  8. Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Media Bypass
    • A nice overview of the new Media Bypass capabilities in Lync Server 2010.
  9. 21 Reasons to Use Windows PowerShell to Manage Lync Server 2010
    • Good tips on PowerShell and Lync.
  10. More about manageability changes in Lync Server 2010
    • A good overview of some of the high level management concepts in Lync to get you up and running.

Of course, there are the actual links for the actual RC download:

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