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Getting Started with Microsoft Lync Server 2013

Getting Started with Microsoft Lync Server 2013 [Kindle Edition]

Fabrizio Volpe
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Lync 2013 is a product that enables users to IM, audio and video conferences, including multi-party video. 

The mobile client permits the use of all the features in every device with an access-from-everywhere logic. The company's Active Directory users, SharePoint documents, and Exchange objects integrate with Lync to deliver most of the advanced features.

Getting Started with Microsoft Lync Server 2013 will give you all the relevant information you need to enable voice features, select the best Lync client in different scenarios, make your Lync services available to the external users, empower the collaborative environment of Persistent Chat Server rooms, and to build an affordable unified communication system.

The book explores all the concepts you need to administer and plan a Lync 2013 environment in a short time, explaining the background mechanisms of the system.It begins with the deployment of a Lync frontend and SQL mirroring solution, including all the requirements and tips clearly laid out. It proceeds with the Front End pairing, mobility, and mediation server deployment with media bypass. It covers a core chapter about Enterprise Voice with a closing part on Persistent Chat and on clients with their characteristics.

This book has a practical approach with a lot of step-by-step guides and explanations as to where and why we're doing the various operations.

Who this book is for
Getting Started with Microsoft Lync Server 2013 is a starting point for system administrators, IT pros, unified communication technicians, and decision makers in companies or in the consultancy business. For people who have never managed Lync (or a U.C. product), the book will guide you through the basic concepts and mistakes. If you are already managing a Lync deployment you will find important explanations and ideas put together in a single text. If your work requires evaluating a Lync project this book offers parameters and suggestions to plan a project to deliver the best results.

About the Author

Fabrizio Volpe

Fabrizio Volpe has been working with the Iccrea Banking Group since 2000, as a network and systems administrator.

He is part of the Microsoft Technologies workgroup in Iccrea Banca, managing more than 2000 users at their central site, a nationwide network of branch offices, and providing services for more than 400 banks.

Since 2011, he has been awarded MVP on Directory Services from Microsoft, and is focused on Windows systems and security, unified communication, and virtualization.

Prior to the Iccrea Group, Fabrizio has collaborated with various IT companies, focused on Windows, security, networking, and messaging / unified communication products.

Since 2000, he has presented many events and conferences (Italian and international ones).

Fabrizio is committed to create contents that are accessible to a wide number of people, so he publishes content really often on SlideShare (, on his Lync2013 channel on YouTube (, and on his personal blog (

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3625 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (17 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Fabrizio Volpe has worked in the Iccrea Banking Group since 2000, as network and systems administrator managing more than 2000 users and providing services for more than 400 banks.

He has been awarded from Microsoft as Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Lync in 2014, and before he has been MVP for Directory Services from 2011 to 2013.
Since 2000 Fabrizio has presented many events and conferences (Italian and international ones).

Fabrizio is committed to create contents that are accessible to a wide number of people, so he publish contents on his channel on YouTube (, on his personal blog ( on SlideShare (

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not getting started - Installing 30 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A little disappointed - it was called "Getting started" but was in fact a description of installation in a multi server architecture and not helping me get started at all. I wanted a basic overview of how it works and a simple set up for proof of concept, which this book did not provide. I thought that the style was awkward - maybe not written in the Author's first language
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4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin... 1 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
If you're looking for a quick reference for getting Lync 2013 up and running then this is definitely a worthy candidate!

It covers all the basics quite well, adds extra detail which you wouldn't necessarily learn just by installing the product yourself and gives some nice references to various blogs and TechNet articles for further reading.

What it doesn't do is give you as much detail as some of the other books out there. In fact with some books numbering 900+ pages and this book weighing in at just over 100, one might be forgiven that a great deal of detail is missing! :)

It isn't. The salient points to "Getting Started with Microsoft Lync Server 2013" are all there. Essentially, it does what it says on the tin! However, further reading is definitely recommended (like the aforementioned blogs and TechNet articles).

Migration from older versions isn't covered, so if you're interested in that topic, there are other Lync 2013 books that cover this.

Overall, certainly near the top of the reading list as for as Lync references go, but make sure you read beyond.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Started with Microsoft Lync Server 2013 29 July 2013
I have recently been given the pleasure of reviewing "Getting Started with Microsoft Lync Server 2013" written by Fabrizio Volpe Microsoft Directory Services MVP. I was approached directly by the publisher "Packt Publishing" but before agreeing to review this book, I made sure Fabrizio was ok for me to do so.

The title itself explains what the book is about and how its targetted. I am not going to compare the book against another but I will say its like a follow on from Matt Landis "Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Step by Step for Anyone" with more in depth information and very good reference to articles and technet blog posts from well know Lync Experts out in the field.

So what do the book consist of? The book has 7 Chapters covering the following topics.

Installing a Lync 2013 Enterprise Pool
Understanding Front End Pairing
Deploying Lync Mobility and External User Access
Introducing the Lync Mediation Server
Getting Started with Enterprise Voice
Deploying Persistent Chat Server
Choosing Lync 2013 Clients
In total there is 96 pages of content to read and having read the book myself. It is very good if you havent looked Microsoft Lync 2010 or Microsoft Lync 2013 before. This book will give you a lot of solid grounding which you then can build up on and develop your skill set further. Some times we can all over look things and I will admit when I was reading one of the chapters it made me click about an issue I have been recently experiencing, which has now helped to resolve the issue at a customer site.

I would also like to mention Fabrizo also has a youtube channel that has been dubbed in English on the following link;

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a good intro to Lync services 13 Aug 2014
By Daniel Gapinski - Published on
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It's a good intro to Lync services, but definitely not the last book you'll read on the topic. I'd say that for me topology and certificate assignments are topics that are governed by more rules than this book is willing to detail. For that I'd call it a good overview. Whether or not the book lives up to its price will be seen more easily in the eyes of its beholders. For me, not quite, but I've began my deployment already. For someone looking to deploy, read this first, then pick up a meatier reference later.
1.0 out of 5 stars Minimal Information For The Price 3 Mar 2014
By Cranky Buddha - Published on
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I was expecting a fairly deep dive into Lync 2013. Instead I got a shallow overview. Don't waste your time or money on this book. There is little useful technical information to be had...
4.0 out of 5 stars I have all Lync's books, this one is good start one 30 Aug 2013
By Kuberadev - Published on
Getting Started with Microsoft Lync Server 2013 is a for people who just start learning Lync, it is a simple, clear explanation some of the fundamentals of Lync.
If you just started learn this technology, this a book for you!
In 7 chapters you will not have deep dive in some topics, but you will have understanding How, Why and steps
how to accomplish SUCCESSFUL implementation.
I am still reading this book, I will add more info soon.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for the novice Lync Administrator/Lab Deployment 29 Aug 2013
By Richard Brynteson - Published on
So over the past year I have gotten all sorts of random requests to review books, blog posts and all sorts of random content. Typically I just ignore the requests and move on with my day but a couple weeks ago I said yes to reviewing ¡°Getting Started with Microsoft Lync Server 2013¡å by Fabrizio Volpe.

There are a few things in particular that I like about this book. First, the book isn¡¯t written as a ¡°formal book¡± but rather it reads like a really long blog post ¨C or a series of blog posts. I like that writing style as typically it is easier to read and relate to the author. Second, this book does a better job than TechNet does on the actual install process. Although TechNet has gotten better over the past few years I feel like they 1) fail to include screenshots when they should 2) assume you are creating a 12 server enterprise pool all the time. Lastly, this book does a nice job of including the correct references to TechNet and other MVP blog posts where necessary.

So in conclusion, if you are new to Lync and need a book to help walk you through a lab deployment or understand the basics of the product, this book will certainly help you with that.

NOTE: I wasn't paid or compensated for this review other than a copy of the eBook to review.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good way to start learning Lync 28 Aug 2013
By Paul Flatt - Published on
I was recently privileged to be selected to review the above titled book written by Fabrizio Volpe.

This book is a great way to start to learn the intricacies of Microsoft Lync 2013, and the author has written a clear and concise publication that provides most of the basic information.

There is a good walkthrough on how to install Microsoft Lync into an environment, along with details on how to configure the various roles within Lync (Enterprise Voice, Front End Pairing, Persistent Chat, and Mobility).

This book, however, is not an in-depth publication and it is really aimed at those getting started on their Lync journey, rather than someone who wants to deep-dive into Lync.

Overall I think this is a great book, and hope that Fabrizio writes more in the future.

** Please note that I was asked to review this book by Packt Publishing, but have received no compensation for doing so.
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