Lync Network Readiness Assessment

Session Detail:    Classroom 3 Day

This is a 3-day instructor Led Training (ILT) Course that targets the needs of professionals with data networking experience who take part in the planning, design, and deployment of the Lync Unified Communications solution in the enterprise. This course focuses on four key areas: 1) implementation methodology, including defining methodology phases, identifying phase deliverable, and preparing for traffic simulation; 2) analyzing the network environment, including review of WAN topology, Wi-Fi infrastructure, Quality of Server approaches, and media flow scenarios, analyzing the network for optimal performance, and monitoring and managing networks; 3) performing usage modeling, including modeling RTC traffic media flows and Lync traffic per location, calculating traffic volume by using the Lync bandwidth calculator, and analyzing how predicted traffic impacts a network; and 4) analyzing customer data and measurements, including policies collected from the Discovery phase and historical data usage, planning simulation traffic, analyzing results from traffic simulation, and formulating recommendations.


This course targets the needs of network analysts, networking engineers and system integrators who plan, design, and deploy unified communications (UC) solutions using Lync Server 2013 in the enterprise. Students should have strong knowledge of data networking, an industry or vendor qualification (CompTIA Network+ or similar), and be able to translate business requirements into technical and networking requirements for a UC solution.Students should be familiar with Network Readiness Assessment methodology and related tools, such as the Lync bandwidth calculator.
This course is also aimed at professionals who may have focused on third-party UC solutions, which perform network assessments and readiness evaluations. They will use this course to update their skills and knowledge to apply to Lync UC solutions in their enterprise.

Who Can Benefit

Before attending this course, students must have an understanding of:

  • LAN/WAN (COMPTIA Network+ certification or equivalent experience)
  • Lync Server 2013 and Lync Online
  • Enterprise voice and VOIP

Students attending this course should have experience with network assessments. They should also have sufficient knowledge of Lync Server 2013 and Lync Online to understand the features that impact LAN/WAN traffic. It is not necessary for students to have a MCSE: Communication, although many students will have attained this certification. Completion of MOC courses 20336 and 20337 far exceed the level of knowledge of Lync required for this class.

Session Outline

Class Outline

Module 1: Overview of Network Assessments

  • Lesson 1: Network Assessment Overview
  • Lesson 2: Key Concepts for Network Assessment

After completing this module, students should have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Explain network readiness assessment goals and activities
  • Apply key concept of networking to a network assessment

Module 2: Introducing the Microsoft Lync Network Readiness Assessment Methodology

  • Lesson 1: Microsoft Lync Network Readiness Assessment Methodology Overview
  • Lesson 2: Discovery Phase
  • Lesson 3: Modeling Phase
  • Lesson 4: Traffic Simulation Phase
  • Lesson 5: Recommendations Phase

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain the four major phases of the Microsoft Lync Readiness Assessment methodology
  • Identify the objectives and goals of each phase of the network assessment
  • Discuss real-world experiences with network assessments, processes, and methodologies

Module 3: Network Discovery

  • Lesson 1: Documenting Current Network Infrastructure
  • Lesson 2: Documenting Current Client Devices
  • Lesson 3: Locating Network Impairments and Roadblocks
  • Lesson 4: Overview of Transport Reliability IP Probe Tools

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Discover current network infrastructure and utilization
  • Identify client and Lync devices
  • Locate network impairments and roadblocks
  • Use common network assessment tools

Module 4: Analyzing Server, Network, and Client Health

  • Lesson 1: Determining Server, Network and Client Health Indicators
  • Lesson 2: Monitoring and Managing Methods

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Determine server, network, and client health
  • Use monitoring and managing methods to analyze network data

Module 5: Usage and Traffic Modeling

  • Lesson 1: Performing Usage Modeling
  • Lesson 2: Performing Traffic Modeling
  • Lesson 3: Lync Bandwidth Calculator

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Perform usage modeling and traffic modeling
  • Use the Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Planning Tool
  • Use the Lync Bandwidth Calculator

Module 6: Performing Traffic Simulations

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Traffic Simulations
  • Lesson 2: Lync Server 2013 Stress and Performance Tool

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Perform a traffic simulation as part of a network readiness assessment
  • Use traffic simulation best practices
  • Use the Lync Server Stress and Performance Tool to perform stress and performance tests

Module 7: Understanding Network Controls and Solutions

  • Lesson 1: Quality of Service
  • Lesson 2: Bandwidth Management with Call Admission Control
  • Lesson 3: Troubleshooting and Diagnostics Tools

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe Quality of Service
  • Implement bandwidth management with Call Admission Control
  • Use troubleshooting and diagnostic tools

Module 8: Making Recommendations for Network Readiness

  • Forming and Documenting Recommendations

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Form recommendations based on network assessment analysis
  • Document and summarize their recommendations for network preparedness

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