For those of you who like a good book before bedtime, "Lync 2013 Unleashed" has been released and available through (by example) Amazon.com
The book is written by Alex Lewis, Tom Pacyk, David Ross and Randy Wintle, well known names in the Lync Technical community.
The abstract as on Amazon.com:
The most comprehensive, realistic, and useful guide to Microsoft Lync
Server 2013, today’s leading Unified Communications system.
expert Lync consultants and implementers bring together in-the-trenches
guidance for all facets of planning, integration, deployment, and
administration. The authors introduce Microsoft Lync Server 2013,
outline what it can do, and review the key improvements Microsoft has
made in this version.
They cover every form of communication
Lync Server can manage, including IP voice, instant messaging,
audio/video conferencing, web conferencing, and more. You’ll find expert
guidance on planning infrastructure, managing day-to-day operations,
server roles, multi-platform clients, security, troubleshooting, and
Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Unleashed
contains a new section on Office 365 and Lync Online, a chapter
covering coexistence between on-premise and Office 365 Lync deployments,
and another introducing Lync online configuration and administration.
the authors combine theory, step-by-step configuration instructions,
and best practices from real enterprise environments. They identify
common mistakes and present proven solutions and workarounds. Simply
put, they tell you what works--and show how it’s done.
Detailed information on how to…
• Plan for any type of deployment, from simple to highly complex--including virtualized environments
• Walk step-by-step through installation, and understand important new changes in the installation process
• Overcome obstacles to successful migration from older versions of Lync or Microsoft Office Communications Server
• Manage server roles, including Front End, Edge, Monitoring, Archiving, and Director roles
• Efficiently administer Lync Server 2013 through the Lync Server Management Shell
• Leverage Lync Server 2013’s significantly improved capabilities as a PBX replacement and videoconferencing solution
• Integrate Lync with third-party video platforms, voice/video gateways, and cloud services
• Evaluate the option of providing Lync services through Microsoft Office 365 hosting
• Make the most of Lync Server 2013’s dramatically upgraded web, mobile, and desktop clients