Just Read "Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Unleashed": My Opinion? Go Get It #Lync @alexlewis
You can surf a hundred blogs and forums...or you can get "Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Unleashed" to get the big picture of what Lync is and how you go about implementing it. This books killed a LOT of trees weighing in at 798 pages but Lync Server is a big subject. And, considering how much fossil fuel will be saved by the implementing Lync I think total net impact to the environment should be a gain. ;-)
A couple things that I think are particularly helpful: The step by step walk through of installing the different Lync roles gives you the overview of how to do it before you start. Also the call out "Tips" and the "Best Practices" section at the end of each chapter in my opinon are very nice. Frankly, if your installing Lync and don't have the time to read all 798 pages, just jump to the "Best Practices" before you install a role and get your "1 minute presidential briefing".
If you are looking for specific steps on how to install a PSTN Gateway or just want to fumble through installing one role you may do better looking to blogs and forums, but if you are really trying to understand Lync and want an encompassing picture of Lync go out and get "Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Unleashed" --It's worth it.
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