December, 2010

  • Haiku #20

    Can I use your phone? Of course, but it's not my phone – It's everyone's phone. We have to admit that the developers responsible for putting together Microsoft Lync Server 2010 were pretty clever. Why do we say that? Well, for one reason...
  • Haiku #19

    I hear the voices But the names remain unknown. I need to press 3. You know, there are two great things about working at Microsoft. The first is knowing that any day could be the day that you change the world for the better. Have any of our...
  • New Article: When is a Boolean Not a Boolean?

    The Lync Server PowerShell blog team has decided to answer the question that has been plaguing people from the beginning of time: When is a Boolean not a Boolean ? Well, maybe not from the very beginning of time. But since at least 4:27 PM last Monday...
  • Coming in January! Lync Server PowerShell Challenge

    Sure, Lync Server 2010 is pretty new right now. But what better way to learn more about something new than by having a little fun with it? Beginning in January, we’re going to be starting a weekly challenge. Every Monday we’ll present you...
  • Haiku #18

    What big eyes you have. And what big … ears … you have, too. Cs Media. The first time the author of today's haiku ever saw Internet video, he wasn't exactly impressed. What he saw, way back then, was a postage stamp-sized window...
  • Haiku #17

    No habla Ingles? Time for Set UI culture. Ah: muy bueno. Granted, you're probably thinking, "Culture? What would people who write haikus about Lync Server PowerShell know about culture ?!?" Well, relax: we're not talking about that kind of...
  • New Article: Make This a Priority

    As an administrator of Lync Server, you probably know all about priorities. What you might not know about is how easily you can set priorities with Lync Server PowerShell. Many of the cmdlets have a Priority parameter, which allows you to set priorities...
  • Haiku #16

    Two is company, Nine hundred three is a crowd. User Services. Ah, contacts: you can't live with 'em, and you can't live without 'em. The truth is, without contacts, Microsoft Lync 2010 wouldn't be all that much fun: if you couldn't quickly...
  • New Article: Enable Collect Logs in Microsoft Lync

    So you have all your users happily running Microsoft Lync 2010. Well, mostly happily. Every once in a while, not too often of course, users find that maybe they experience a little bit of difficulty with calls through Lync. Difficulties like dropped calls...
  • Collect Logs in Microsoft Lync

    When we first started the Lync Server PowerShell blog, our plan was for the blog to provide people with all the cool insider information that they couldn't get anywhere else. And that was a pretty good plan, except for one thing: we didn't actually have...
  • Haiku #15

    I see phones. They see Phones. We see phones. UC phone Configuration. When he was a young boy growing up in the wilds of eastern Washington, one of the authors had a dream: a dream to someday grow up and become a haiku writer. Audacious and...
  • New Article: Yes, No … Suspend?

    You might want to think twice before you remove something in Lync Server 2010. For instance, how about a policy that's applied to a user? Do you really want to remove that policy? With Lync Server PowerShell cmdlets, you get a chance to change your mind...
  • Haiku #14

    A voice cries out in The wilderness – oh, wait, she's In Room 42. There are definitely a lot of advantages to the Voice over IP (VoIP) technology, the technology that enables people to make phone calls over the Internet instead of using...
  • Yes, No … Suspend?

    One of the nice things about Lync Server PowerShell is that the software is always looking out for you and your best interests. For example, suppose you've created a dial plan named RedmondDialPlan and you've assigned that dial plan to a bunch of users...
  • When is a Boolean Not a Boolean?

    If you've ever read Alice in Wonderland , you might recall the famous riddle posed by the Mad Hatter: "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" And that -- hmmm, that is an interesting question, isn't it? Why is a raven like a writing desk? Of course...
  • Make This a Priority

    Whether we realize it or not, we prioritize just about everything we do throughout the day. It starts when we wake up in the morning: Do I sleep a little longer or do I get up so I can get to work on time? (That’s probably the toughest one right...
  • New Article: Enable Users from Excel

    What do Microsoft Bob and Microsoft Excel have in common? As it turns out, mostly nothing. What do either of these products have to do with PowerShell? As it turns out, mostly nothing. Oh wait, that last part isn't true. Okay, it's true about Bob ...
  • Enable Users from an Excel File

    You might find this hard to believe, but there have been times when people have actually criticized Microsoft software. It's true: not every product that we've released has been universally acclaimed as the greatest software product ever released. But...
  • Haiku #13

    I'm like, OMG, IMHO, it's awesome. P2PAV. One of the authors of the daily Lync Server PowerShell haiku has a son who's currently in college. (University of Idaho; go Vandals!) Like most kids his age, he prefers to communicate via text messaging...
  • Haiku #12

    The phone rings. We sit In silence. The round robin Bids us to answer. Many years ago, one of the authors was a sportswriter for the Tri-City Herald, a regional newspaper located in Kennewick, WA ("Home of desert sun and water fun!"). No doubt...
  • Haiku #11

    Snap, crackle, pop. Three Items not recorded as QoE data. After you get Microsoft Lync Server 2010 up and running your next question is likely to be this: how well is Lync Server running? Do I have things configured correctly? Is there anything...
  • Haiku #10

    The grass is always Greener in that other pool. Move-CsUser According to statistics, the average American moves once every 5 years. As a point of comparison, and counting apartments lived in while going to college, one of the authors of this...
  • Haiku #9

    Is it live or is It Memorex? Oh, never Mind: It's Lync Server. Many years ago, back before the dawn of recorded history, the Memorex corporation aired one of television's most-memorable commercials. In the commercial, you heard Ella Fitzgerald...
  • Haiku #8

    The cat coughs: kack, kack. You call this a haiku on Bandwidth policies? Here at Microsoft we love acronyms. Take Windows Management Instrumentation, for example. Say "Windows Management Instrumentation" around Microsoft, and hardly anyone...