MCSE: Lync Server 2013 Communication Boot Camp


Duration:14 days

Validate your expertise in creating a consistent communications experience for your organization and connecting your colleagues to people around the world.

The Academy’s MCSE Lync Server 2013 Communication Boot Camp is a combination of the following official Microsoft courses:

Enabling and Managing Office 365 Services (20347A) (Exam 70-346 & 70-347)
Core Solutions of Microsoft Communication Server 2013 (20336B) (Exam 70-336)
Enterprise Voice & Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (20337B) (Exam 70-337)

This MCSE certification requires you to show continued ability to perform in your chosen solution area by completing a re-certification exam every three years.

This 14-day boot camp provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement and administer a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. This course covers implementing, managing, maintaining, and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment. This course covers the implementation and configuration of core services including Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), networking services, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 configuration.

This course covers advanced configuration of services necessary to deploy, manage and maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as advanced networking services, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), identity management, rights management, Federated services, network load balancing, failover clustering, business continuity, and disaster recovery. This course teaches IT professionals, how to plan, design, deploy, configure, and administer a Microsoft Lync Server 2013 solution.

The course emphasizes Lync Server 2013 Enterprise Unified Communications features with particular emphasis on coexisting with and migrating from legacy communication services. The labs in this course create a solution that includes IM and Presence, Conferencing, and Persistent Chat.

After completing this course, students will be able to:

Install and Configure Windows Server 2012.
Describe and Maintain AD DS.
Manage: Active Directory objects, User and Service Accounts, User Desktops with Group Policy
Automate Active Directory administration.
Implement: IPv4, DHCP, DNS, IPv6, local storage, Group Policy, NAP, server virtualization using Hyper-V, Group Policy Infrastructure, Update Management
Share files and printers.
Use GPOs to secure Windows Servers.
Deploy and Maintain Server Images
Configure and Troubleshoot: DNS and Remote Access
Install, Configure and Troubleshoot NPS role
Optimize File Services
Configure Encryption and Advanced Auditing
Monitor Windows Server 2012
Implement: advanced network services, advanced file services, Dynamic Access Control, distributed AD DS deployments, AD DS sites, and replication, AD CS, AD RMS, AD FS, NLB, failover clustering with Hyper-V, disaster recovery
Describe the overall server and client Lync Server 2013 architecture.
Describe Lync 2013 features and user scenarios.
Describe the Lync Server deployment process.
Describe the components of a Lync Server 2013 Design.
Plan for Microsoft Solutions Framework for Lync 2013
Plan Infrastructure Requirements for Lync Server 2013
Use the Lync Server 2013 Planning Tool
Use Topology Builder
Plan for Site Topology
Design a Site Topology
Plan the Server Infrastructure
Design Documentation Using Microsoft Office
Use Lync Server 2013 management interfaces.
Configure Role-Based Access Control.
Prepare for client deployment.
Deploy and manage clients.
Prepare for device deployment.
Deploy and manage Internet Protocol (IP) phones.
Describe conferencing in Lync Server 2013.
Describe dial-in conferencing in Lync Server 2013.
Manage and administer dial-in conferencing in Lync Server 2013.
Describe the conferencing capabilities of Lync Server 2013
Design audio and video for web conferencing.
Plan for instant message and presence Federation.
Design Edge services.
Describe the features and concepts for Persistent Chat in Lync Server 2013.
Design Lync Server 2013 to include Persistent Chat.
Deploy and configure Persistent chat in Lync Server 2013.
Describe the Archiving service.
Describe the Monitoring service.
Configure the Archiving and Monitoring services.
Describe and use the Lync Server 2013 troubleshooting tools.
Describe the required daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance tasks.
Describe the fundamental troubleshooting approach to Lync Server 2013 issues.
Use SIP commands and analyze SIP logs.
Describe high availability in Lync Server 2013.
Configure High Availability features in Lync Server 2013.
Plan for load balancing in Lync Server 2013.
Design load balancing in Lync Server 2013.
Describe the high availability options in Lync Server 2013.
Describe the tools for backing up and restoring Lync Server 2013 data.
Backup and restore critical Lync Server 2013 data.
Export and import critical Lync Server 2013 data.
Describe design considerations for branch site scenarios.
Describe the migration process.
Describe migration and coexistence topologies.
Plan for client and device migration
Design a software deployment strategy for Lync 2013.


Before attending this course, students must have:

A good understanding of networking fundamentals, Active Directory, networking infrastructure, Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) fundamentals and networking concepts, and basic Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) concepts.
An understanding of and experience with configuring security and administration tasks in an enterprise environment.
Hands-on experience working with Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, or Windows Server 2012 enterprise environment.
Real-world experience implementing, managing, and configuring AD DS and networking infrastructure in an enterprise environment.
Experience managing an application remotely using Windows PowerShell 3.0
Familiarity with managing and configuring databases

What’s included?

  • Authorized Courseware
  • Intensive Hands on Skills Development with an Experienced Subject Matter Expert
  • Hands-on practice on real Servers and extended lab support 1.800.482.3172
  • Examination Vouchers & Onsite Certification Testing- (excluding Adobe and PMP Boot Camps)
  • Academy Code of Honor: Test Pass Guarantee
  • Optional: Package for Hotel Accommodations, Lunch and Transportation

With several convenient training delivery methods offered, The Academy makes getting the training you need easy. Whether you prefer to learn in a classroom or an online live learning virtual environment, training videos hosted online, and private group classes hosted at your site. We offer expert instruction to individuals, government agencies, non-profits, and corporations. Our live classes, on-sites, and online training videos all feature certified instructors who teach a detailed curriculum and share their expertise and insights with trainees. No matter how you prefer to receive the training, you can count on The Academy for an engaging and effective learning experience.


  • Instructor Led (the best training format we offer)
  • Live Online Classroom – Online Instructor Led
  • Self-Paced Video

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Deploying and Managing Windows Server 2012
This module introduces the new Windows Server 2012 administrative interface. This module covers the different roles and features that are available with the Windows Server 2012 operating system. It also discusses the various installation and configuration options you can use when deploying and configuring Windows Server 2012.

Managing Active Directory Domain Services Objects
This module covers configuring Active Directory objects such as users, groups, and computers. The functionality of AD DS administrative tools is addressed, in addition to the configuration of user-profiles and the process of delegating permissions to perform AD DS administration.

Automating Active Directory Domain Services Administration
This module covers using command-line tools to configure and administer AD DS. It introduces using Windows PowerShell cmdlets for AD DS administration and using Windows PowerShell to perform bulk AD DS administrative operations.

Implementing IPv4
This module covers Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) addressing. It details the various IPv4 components, covers subnetting and supernetting, and discusses configuring and general troubleshooting of IPv4 addresses.

Implementing Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
This module covers the installation and configuration of DHCP in addition to managing a DHCP database. It also covers security and monitoring of DHCP, including auditing and logging.

Implementing Domain Name System
This module covers name resolution for Windows Server and clients. It details the installation of a Domain Name System (DNS) server and configuring Active Directory Integrated DNS zones.

Implementing IPv6
This module covers understanding and implementing IPv6 addressing. It covers configuration and troubleshooting as well as co-existence with IPv4 using transition technologies.

Implementing Local Storage
This module covers the storage configuration options for Windows Server 2012, including managing disks and volumes and implementing file systems. It also covers creating and managing storage pools.

Implementing Server Virtualization with Hyper-V
This module describes Microsoft Virtualization technologies. It covers installing and configuring Hyper-V virtual machines, configuring virtual storage, and configuring virtual networks.

Deploying and Maintaining Server Images
This module explains the functionality of Windows Deployment Services and explains how to use Windows Deployment Services tools to perform lite-touch deployments.

Configuring and Troubleshooting Domain Name System
This module explains how the Domain Name System (DNS) is the foundation name service in Windows Server 2012. It provides name resolution and enables DNS clients to locate network services, such as AD DS domain controllers, global catalog servers, and messaging servers. If you configure your DNS infrastructure poorly, or it is not working correctly, these important network services will be inaccessible to your network servers and clients. Consequently, it is vital that you understand how to deploy, configure, manage, and troubleshoot this critical service.

Maintaining Active Directory Domain Services
This module explains the new features, such as virtualized domain controller cloning, recent features like read-only domain controllers (RODCs), and a host of other features and tools that you can use in the AD DS environment.

Managing User and Service Accounts
This module explains how to manage large groups of user accounts, explain the different options available for providing adequate password security for accounts in your environment, and show you how to configure accounts to provide authentication for system services and background processes.

Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure
This module explains Group Policy is, how it works, and how best to implement it in your organization.

Managing User Desktops with Group Policy
This module explains how to configure Administrative Templates.

Configuring and Troubleshooting Remote Access
This module explains how to configure and secure your remote access clients by using networks.

Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting the Network Policy Server Role
This module explains how to install, configure, and troubleshoot Network Policy Server (NPS).

Implementing Network Access Protection
This module explains how to create customized health requirement policies to validate computer health before allowing access or communication with NAP.

Configuring Encryption and Advanced Auditing
This module describes how to use Windows Server 2012 tools to help you to provide increased file system security on your servers.

Implementing Update Management
This module introduces key features of the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server role.

Monitoring Windows Server 2012
This module explains how to improve performance using performance monitoring tools to identify components that require additional tuning and troubleshooting.

Implementing Advanced Network Services
This module describes how to configure advanced features in the Domain Name System (DNS) and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) with Windows Server 2012, and it covers IP Address Management (IPAM).

Implementing Advanced File Services
This module describes how to configure and manage iSCSI and BranchCache, and how to implement Windows 2012 features that optimize storage utilization, such as File Server Resource Manager, file classification, and data duplication.

Implementing Dynamic Access Control
This module describes how to plan and implement Dynamic Access Control.

Implementing Distributed Active Directory Domain Services Deployments
This module describes the components of a highly complex AD DS deployment, which includes implementing a distributed AD DS deployment and configuring AD DS forest trusts.

Implementing Active Directory Domain Services Sites and Replication
This module describes how replication works in a Windows Server 2012 AD DS environment, including how to configure AD DS sites so that you can optimize AD DS network traffic and how to configure and monitor AD DS replication.

Implementing Active Directory Certificate Services
This module describes the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) components and concepts. It covers implementing a certification authority infrastructure, planning and implementing a certificate template deployment using an AD CS certification authority, and planning and implementing certificate distribution and revocation.

Implementing Active Directory Rights Management Services
This module describes the AD RMS features and functionality. It explains how to use AD RMS to configure content protection and deploy and manage an AD RMS infrastructure.

Implementing Active Directory Federation Services
This module provides identity federation business scenarios, and it describes how to use AD FS to address such scenarios. It explains how to configure AD FS prerequisites, deploy AD FS services, enable single sign-on (SSO) for an organization, and enable SSO between federated business partners.

Implementing Network Load Balancing
This module describes how to plan and implement NLB. It will cover managing and configuring an NLB cluster and validating high availability for an NLB cluster.

Implementing Failover Clustering
This module describes the failover clustering features in Windows Server 2012. It explains how to implement a failover cluster, configure highly available applications and services on a failover cluster, maintain a failover cluster, and use new maintenance features such as Cluster Aware Updating (CAU). It will also cover how to implement multi-site failover clustering.

Implementing Failover Clustering with Hyper-V
This module describes the options for making virtual machines highly available. It explains how to implement virtual machines in a failover cluster that was deployed on a host and how you can move a virtual machine or its storage. In addition, it provides a high-level overview of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012.

Implementing Disaster Recovery
This module describes considerations for implementing a disaster recovery solution, and how to plan and implement a backup solution for Windows Server 2012. In addition, it explains how to plan and implement server and data recovery using Windows Server backup and Microsoft Online backup.

Architecture and Design Approach for Microsoft Lync Server 2013
This module will help you to plan and design a Lync Server 2013 implementation that meets organizational and user needs. This module equips you with knowledge about Lync Server 2013 key features and functionality and introduces you to Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF), which recommends a structured approach to project management and execution.

Designing a Lync Server 2013 Topology
This module explains how to design a complex Microsoft Lync Server 2013 topology including defining network sites and network regions, and sizing and placing server roles.

Configuring Users and Rights in Microsoft Lync Server 2013
The purpose of this module is to introduce you to the methods available for configuring and managing users in Microsoft Lync Server 2013. You will learn about the configuration management options in Lync Server 2013, including the Lync Server Control Panel and the Lync Server Management Shell.

Client and Device Deployment and Management
Microsoft Lync Server 2013 introduces new ways of creating and defining client and user policies, as well as new procedures for deploying clients and devices. In this module, you will learn how to plan for introducing Lync Server 2013 clients into your network and the various phone devices that are supported. You will also learn how to effectively manage the desktop clients and devices.

Conferencing in Lync Server 2013
Conferencing is a core feature of Microsoft Lync Server 2013. This module introduces conferencing in Lync Server 2013, discusses dial-in conferencing in Lync Server 2013, and describes how to manage and administer conferencing policies.

Designing and Deploying External Access
This module discusses how to design the Microsoft Lync Server 2013 external access components and capabilities so that it meets the organization’s needs. This module also discusses how you can design a solution for external scenarios that support a variety of internal and external users connected to the Internet, to their corporate network or to a public switched telephone network (PSTN).

Deploying Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Persistent Chat
This module describes how to plan, design, and deploy Lync Server 2013 Persistent Chat to the enterprise. It describes the fundamental process required to create and manage a Lync Server 2013 Persistent Chat room.

Monitoring and Archiving
This module discusses the features and configuration of both the Monitoring and Archiving services. You will learn how to interpret the QoE reports and use this information to better manage and deliver a high-quality user experience for Lync Server 2013.

Administrating and Maintenance of Lync Server 2013
This module introduces Lync Server 2013 administration tools and operational best practices needed to maintain Lync Server 2013 in the enterprise. It will also introduce basic techniques and tools to help when troubleshooting Lync Server 2013.

Planning a Migration to Lync Server 2013
In this module, you will learn about coexistence and migration to Microsoft Lync Server 2013. You will also learn how to design the infrastructure migration strategy and the migration strategy for Lync Server 2013 clients and devices.