As Microsoft launches Lync Server 2010, the Lync Server IT pro documentation team launches their library portal and Tech Center pages with first-run videos, an updated Lync Server protocol poster and, of course, our blog ecosystem to rapidly respond to your requests and hear what you think.
Author: Patricia Anderson, Senior Content Publishing Manager, Lync Server IT Pro
Publication date: November 17, 2010
Product version: Lync Server 2010
When you go down to the local car dealership to look at new cars, you'll no doubt find a wide variety of makes and models on the lot. Why? Because car dealers recognize that, when it comes to cars, one size doesn't fit all. People with large families might have different needs than people with small families. Do-it-yourselfers might have different needs than people who live in an apartment and just let the landlord take care of anything that needs taking care of. People who drive 50 to 60 miles a week might not worry about fuel economy as much as people who drive 500 to 600 miles a week.
With today's official release of Microsoft Lync Server 2010, the Lync Server IT pro documentation team has reached this same conclusion: when it comes to documentation, one size doesn't fit all. All of you have different needs, all of you have different levels of experience, and all of you have different amounts of time to spend reading documentation. With that in mind, and to help address those differences, we've undertaken a new approach to documentation by launching three new information portals:
- The Lync Server 2010 Tech Center. The new starting point for all things related to Lync Server. If you aren't sure what you're looking for or where to find it, start here.
- The Lync Server 2010 Technical Library. The repository for all the official Lync Server 2010 documentation. Here you'll find the Planning Guide, the Deployment Guide, our guide for moving from Office Communications Server 2007 R2 to Lync Server, and much, much more.
- The Lync Server 2010 blog ecosystem. A new way to get information out in a timely and user friendly fashion.
Admittedly, the Tech Center and the Technical Library aren't all that new; however, we've definitely spruced them up a bit and tried to make them easier to navigate and easier to use. That's especially true of the Tech Center, which now features RSS feeds for our blogs and for our MVP solutions.
Speaking of blogs, the blog ecosystem is a totally new way for us to get you the information you need. This ecosystem is anchored by the NextHop blog, your primary source for breaking news and information about Lync Server (and, for that matter, about Office Communications Server 2007 R2 as well). To quote from the site itself, NextHop (and its companion site, the DrRez blog) "...provide pertinent, short-format, technical articles between major releases of the product and associated product documentation (technical library content, Resource Kit book, whitepapers, and tools)."
Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? If you're looking for product documentation and good old-fashioned technical guidance, check out the Tech Center or the Technical Library. If you're looking for what's happening right now in Lync Server, check out the NextHop and DrRez blogs.
In addition to NextHop and DrRez, we also have a blog devoted solely to Lync Server's implementation of Windows PowerShell--the aptly-named Lync Server 2010 PowerShell blog. We believe that Windows PowerShell will revolutionize the way you manage Lync Server, assuming, of course, that this all-new management approach doesn't overwhelm you. But don't worry; the Windows PowerShell blog is there to help ensure that you don't get overwhelmed. And if you're concerned that the PowerShell blog will be filled with programming jargon and heated debates about early-binding versus late-binding, all we can say is this: in addition to detailed information about using PowerShell to manage Lync Server, the site also has a Lync Server PowerShell haiku of the day. That's just the way they do things over there.
And here's another thing not to worry about: don't worry that we'll post all this documentation to coincide with the release of Lync Server 2010, and then disappear from view until the next version of the product. Far from it. Instead, we'll continue to post news and technical articles about Lync Server 2010 to get you information as rapidly as possible. And, as always, the blogs are where we want to hear from you about:
- What you like
- What you're missing or can't find
- What we can do to help you be successful with our products
Getting Started with Lync Server 2010
If you're new to Lync Server, there are a few key links I want to highlight:
- The Technical Library home page, which provides a one-stop shop for all information in the library. And, in keeping with the notion of different strokes for different folks, you can:
- Download each document or view that same information online.
- Download the local compiled help file of all library content for local searching.
- First-run videos, including videos on Lync Server setup and deployment.
- The Lync Server 2010 Protocol Poster. Want to know, at a glance, how Lync Server works? Then you need this poster.
Tell us what you think
We look forward to hearing from you!