Skype for Business, Getting Ready

This page contains a step by step checklist of how to get ready for Lync in your workplace.

Minimum sound equipment required

Sound equipment

In order to use Lync, you will need at a minimum:

  • Speakers or headphones
  • A microphone (commonly built in to new laptops)

Optional Lync-compatible devices

OPTIONAL: You could also choose to use additional sound and/or video equipment.

  • A wireless headset with microphone, or
  • A USB phone, or
  • An IP phone
  • For video conference calls, a video camera or webcam is helpful.

Lync-compatible devices are discussed at Devices & Equipment.

NOTE:  In order to make full use of Skype for Business at Illinois' various services, you must use a device certified for Skype for BusinessFor recommendations, see Skype for Business, Devices and Equipment .

WARNING:  If you choose a device that is NOT on the Equipment for UC at Illinois list, it may violate campus policy. All campus-owned computing equipment bought after January 1, 2012 that will be used to make phone calls must be able to support 9-1-1 services as provided by the campus VoIP solution. 


Installation instructions

For everyday use

Special cases

For guests:

For people who have assistants manage their calls:

For special account types:

  • Non-person accounts include Lync accounts used by response groups (including help desks and call centers), role-based accounts, and common-area phones like those in conference rooms and lobbies.



Keywords:Lync, installation, MyUC, Enterprise Voice, VOIP, IP phone, USB phone, headset, microphone, Windows, Mac, OS X, Mobile, Skype, Lync Web App, Private, non-person, accounts   Doc ID:49221
Owner:Lync M.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2015-03-18 16:06 CSTUpdated:2017-10-27 12:40 CST
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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