July, 2010

  • Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Cmdlet Descriptions

    What follows is an alphabetical list of the 530-plus cmdlets that appear in Microsoft Lync Server 2010. Each cmdlet includes a brief description extracted from the Lync Server PowerShell help file. The full help for each cmdlet can be found by clicking...
  • Microsoft Lync Server 2010: PowerShell Changes from Beta to Beta Refresh

    Microsoft Lync Server 2010: Windows PowerShell Changes from Beta to Beta Refresh New Cmdlets New/Newly-Renamed Parameters New Service Identities New Behavior When Removing Per-User Policies New Uses for the Force Parameter New...
  • The Field Guide to Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Cmdlets

    To hear some people tell it, the world’s fastest-growing pastime is Lync Server cmdlet-watching. All over the world countless numbers of people, binoculars and notebooks in hand, are tramping through the woods and the underbrush, trying to spot...
  • The Mystery of Get-CsUser and Get-CsAdUser

    Desmond Lee has come out with a great article on his blog to complement our article on Properties Returned By Get-CsUser and Get-CsAdUser . In his article, Desmond talks about his quest for users in Active Directory who have not yet been enabled for Microsoft...
  • %$#@ Special Characters! Part 1

    By Edwin Young, Microsoft PowerShell has quite a sophisticated syntax, with lots of special characters and variables. For the most part, this is very useful. But there are a few “gotchas” that can leave you scratching your head. Here...
  • Dealing with Information Overload, Part 1

    Displaying Select Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Property Values Here’s a rhetorical question for you: although you hear the phrase “information overload” all the time, does anyone know what that term actually means ? Well, after...
  • %$#@ Special Characters!, Part 2

    By Edwin Young Last time , we looked at some curious behavior when running the New-CsAnalogDevice cmdlet: when you leave out a mandatory parameter like AnalogFax, then PowerShell prompts you for it; but weirdly, even if you enter $false, the property...
  • Microsoft Lync Server 2010: PowerShell Changes from Beta to Beta Refresh – Lite Version

    The beta refresh version of Microsoft Lync Server 2010 (formerly known as Communications Server "14") is now out, and, as you might expect, the software – and its implementation of Windows PowerShell – have changed quite a bit in the past...
  • PowerShell Special Characters

    There are some pretty special characters around here, one of whom is Edwin Young. Edwin doesn't like a lot of fanfare, so we won't mention that he's the lead developer and one of the chief designers of Microsoft Lync Server 2010 PowerShell. What we will...
  • PowerShell Special Characters, Part 2

    In Part 1 of our two-part series on working with special characters in PowerShell, we explored some of the helpful little features of PowerShell that just might cause a tiny bit of confusion here and there.; things like reserved characters and interpolation...
  • TechReady 11, PowerShell, and Microsoft Lync Server 2010

    What do all those things have in common? Well, we really can't say. Because TechReady 11 is a Microsoft-only event (sorry everyone else) we're not supposed to disclose anything about the content being presented. But if you're at TechReady 11 there's a...
  • More About Cmdlets

    Still trying to find your way around all those Microsoft Lync Server 2010 PowerShell cmdlets? What you need is a Field Guide. There are Field Guides to help you identify plants, animals, birds,...so why not cmdlets? Well, we couldn't see any reason why...
  • Too...Much...Information - Part 1

    It's summer in Redmond (according to the calendar anyway), and the Communications Server "14" cmdlets are in full bloom. Find out how to trim things back a little when the information returned by those cmdlets outgrows your yard.

    Okay, that analogy kind of fell apart. Never mind. In the article Dealing with Information Overload, Part 1, learn how to retrieve only the data you're interested in from Communications Server "14" PowerShell cmdlets.

  • New: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Beta to Beta Refresh Updates

    Everyone who was able to work with the Beta version of Microsoft Lync Server 2010 (formerly known as Microsoft Communications Server "14") probably is aware that the Beta Refresh version is available. (Update: And now the release candidate of the software...
  • Time to Get Organized

    We're trying to make it easier for you to find what you're looking for on this blog. To that end, we've added a couple of new "Browse By..." pages that we hope will help, epecially as the site grows and we continue to add more content. (Which we're going to do, very soon. And very often.)