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Does MS Lync implementation has to have Cisco or Avaya UC deployment alongside or it can work w/o them? Please let me know.
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MS Lync can work by it self, it is a complete IP Telephony Central

In order to connect to the ISPN network you just need a gateway (like any other IP Telephone Central)

MS Lync is compatible with softphones presents in Office Communicator and Lync Clients and there are many kind of physical/hardware telephones in the market also

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Can it handle the dial plans/VM etc by itself???
I am not sure about dial plans - for voice mail integration most customers prefer the integration with Exchange 2010 for that aspect.
Microsoft Lync is a complete telephony solution, with dial plans, routing PSTN usage. You can have different gateways depending on number called, and different access levels depending on AD groups.

The only thing that's bad is the attendant console, you should probarbly need a 3. party switchboard application if you need swithboard -
If you only have direct calls, or can use integrated response groups than it is OK

You need a Sip trunk connected to your mediation server
sorry ... didn't see schnellsolutions answer, which pretty much covers what you asked for ...

its depend on scenario. If you need work with only Chet, video conference by the help of lync client, then no need to use cisco and any other services

But if you want to configure ip base phone then you need cisco    
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There are some base IP phones that come out of MS, would we still need Cisco/Avaya UM if we are using them??? They are small black phone designed for Lync...
you DO NOT need Cisco, or Avaya or any other PBX or IP-telephony central to user Telephony with Lync.
You need a PSTN gateway from some kind, and connect that to you Mediation server.
That PSTN gateway might be SIP Trunk for a local telephony company.

I'm in Norway - and our virtualized Mediation server has a connection a SBC located at Telenors HQ - as a SIP TRUNK right into Lync.
We can call from Lync and receive public calls to Lync ...
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If Lync is complete voice solution, I can understand calling/receieving via OCS/Lync on laptop...But how would Lync help the desk phones, would they need to be plugged in laptops???
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Thank you....