Some exciting new releases in the Lync world!

We have two training/education resources for Lync Server 2013, released this week. Both are new versions of previous training aids, issued for Lync Server 2010.

They’re great for training, mapping out your own Lync architecture, or just brushing up on the ins and outs of Lync Server. Let’s see what we have.

Poster from NextHop Illustrates How Messages Flow Through Protocols

NextHop has released the new 2013 version of their Protocol Workloads poster.

Poster includes several visual representations of server setup, traffic routes and protocols used for specific Lync services. You can see how Conferencing clients connect through the Edge Server, which locations an Instant Message hits on its way to you, and more.

In my humble opinion, this version is much clearer than the 2010 version. A listing of required certificates and DNS entries helps make administration clearer.

“Test Drive” Lync on a Virtual Machine

John Policelli has pointed out a group of VHDs (Virtual Hard Disks) Microsoft added to its Downloads Center. These VHDs contain pre-configured virtual machines for Lync Server 2013, Exchange 2013, SharePoint 2013, and some UC developer APIs.

Microsoft is calling them a “Test Drive” platform. Use these to evaluate a full version of Lync Server 2013, with all capabilities, before installing it live in your network.

John has linked to all three downloads on his blog: Pre-Configured VHDs to Test Drive Lync 2013 Available – John Policelli’s Blog
Part 1 has full details on system requirements and installation process.

I’d consider these two resources absolutely essential for anyone who is:

  • Studying Lync Server for implementation in their office
  • Still on Lync Server 2010 or an alternate VoIP solution
  • Prepping for the new Lync Server 2013 Certifications (like me!)

Both downloads are free. The poster is a simple PDF (or VSD file), though you’ll need a server-grade computer with Hyper-V installed for the “Test Drive”.

If you’ve created a new resource for Lync training, please let me know! I love to collect & showcase Lync Server training aids.

Visual Aids for Lync Server 2013 Ins and Outs

2 thoughts on “Visual Aids for Lync Server 2013 Ins and Outs

  • October 2, 2013 at 6:18 am


    We are currntly running MS Lync 2010 and very much intrested in upgrading to Lync 2013. In you blog you mentioned that you can provide pre-configured VHDs to test drive. Is it possible to convert the VHDs to OVF format or do you have pre-configured vmware format?

    Thanks, Mark.

    • October 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Good question. I think it would be possible to convert Microsoft”s VHDs into OVF format, using their OVF Import/Export Tool. Download it here:
      The best environment to test these virtual machines is, of course, Hyper-V on a Windows Server. If you”re running one in VMWare though, you should be fine for at least most of Lync”s functionality.

      Let me know how it works for you; I”d be interested to hear more.


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