Lync Server 2013 Monitoring Management Pack

Microsoft has released a management pack for Lync Server 2013. The new management pack is compatible with SCOM 2007 R2 and SCOM 2012. The MP can coexist with the MP for Lync Server 2010. There is guidance how to configure that coexistence. This new management pack introduces some additional features compared to the previous version for Lync Server 2010. Now you can assign computers to be watcher nodes. What is watcher node:

Watcher nodes are computers that periodically run Lync Server synthetic transactions. Synthetic transactions are Windows PowerShell cmdlets that verify that key user scenarios, such as the ability to sign in or to exchange instant messages, are working as expected.

The new mp, the installation files for watcher nodes and the guide you can find here.

Remember to read the guide first.

Lync Server 2010 Monitoring Management Pack updated

New version 4.0.7577.203 of the MP for Lync Server 2010. There are not so many changes:

  • Added functionality to support co-existence of management packs during migration from Lync Server 2010 to Lync Server 2013. For more information, see Coexistence with Lync Server 2013 Management Packs.
  • Fixed an issue that caused alerts from non-Windows computers that were not used by Lync.


You can download the MP and its guide from here.

In addition to this new version I’ve spotted this new knowledge base article:

Description of the cumulative update for Lync Server 2010 Monitoring Management Pack: December 2012

Remember to read the guide before importing as it is 43 pages long and contains vital information for configuring the management pack.

Designing Lync Jump Start

After Deploying Lync Jump Start series were released now it is time for Designing Lync Jump Start Series:

  • Modules 1-4 focus on Lync Server 2010 Topology Design
  • Modules 5-8 focus on Lync Server 2010 Infrastructure & Network Design
  • Modules 8-13 focus on Lync Server 2010 Services & Maintenance Design

Here are all the modules:

Deploying Lync Jump Start

I am just an user when we talk about Lync, but Microsoft released the videos of their Deploying Lync Jump Start course. I must say that Jump Start courses are very helpful as during the sessions experts answer questions from the audience and are free. If you want to be an expert in Lync this is from where you have to start: