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Lync Factor: Crossing the Finish Line

Editor’s Note: Trainer Chris Ward recently earned Microsoft Lync Server certification. This is the ninth in a series of posts during which he’ll share his experiences and advice. 

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All the exams required for MCSE: Communications certification in three months! Like many of you, my heart almost stopped when I hit “End” on that final exam. Being able to breathe normally at last is a good thing.

I know what you’re thinking, “Is it possible to get up to speed on this technology quickly?”

There are two primary reasons for writing this blog:

  1. Chronicle my journey in becoming MCSE: Communications certified.
  2. Share stories and tips on Microsoft Lync Server 2013.

The first part is complete and I’m excited about the second portion. I’m also ecstatic about my in-progress CBT Nuggets course, “Microsoft Lync Server 2013 70-336.” The first several Nuggets in that course are completed. So if you’ve been waiting to sign up for CBT Nuggets’ free trial, or commit to signing up more long term, now is the time, because you can check out those first videos!

I won’t sugar coat the MCSE: Communications certification experience. It was hard, monotonous at times, frustrating, and even downright tiring. However, I feel that many of you who are looking at Unified Communications environments should seriously consider Lync 2013 for your needs. If you are running Windows Server 2008 R2 or higher, it’s a no-brainer. As you will find out in upcoming blog series posts, this system plays very nicely with others.

That said, my next post will talk about existing environments that are upgrading. If you have Lync 2010 or Office Communications 2007, there are some things to plan for as you prep your environment for Lync Server 2013. I can’t wait to share them with you!

Until then, Lync on my friends!

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