As a technical instructor, we are often challenged to take on and learn new technologies. For a Microsoft Certified Trainer, there are additional challenges – we have to earn our certification in those technologies before we can step into the classroom and share what we have learned.
Over the course of the past year, I’ve decided to tackle Microsoft Lync 2010. It seemed to be a good fit for me, as I spend a lot of time working in the messaging space with Microsoft Exchange 2010, and Lync integrates with Exchange. The other side of it is the fact that Lync evolved out of components that were part of Exchange back in the early days (pre-Active Directory), so that reinforced my resolve.
There are two exams to earn one’s MCITP:Microsoft Lync Certification. The first step is to become Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist for Lync by passing the TS: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Configuring exam (70-664). The second best piece of advice I can offer regarding this exam is to spend time with the product and the Lync 2010 Resource Kit. Specific to the exam, however, the best advice is to thoroughly ingest every article mentioned in Enrique Lima’s study guide for the Lync exam.
After you punch your ticket on 70-664, you’ll ramp up for the 70-665 exam. Once again, my old friend Enrique has another unofficial prep guide, and this one is a two parter: part one can be found here, and part two here.
Feel free to shoot me a line about any other questions you might have with Lync certification. Lync is one of Microsoft’s hottest properties right now, and the need for knowledgeable, certified professionals is on the rise.