January, 2011

  • Combine Output With Add-Member

    Sometime in the year 1793 (the exact date is unknown), the Italian artist Leonardo Da Vinci was strolling through the newly-opened Musée de Louvre when he happened upon his famous portrait of the Mona Lisa. "Mamma mia!" he exclaimed upon looking...
  • Haiku # 31

    Nice try, Fuzzy. But Let's see a haiku with this: CsAnnouncement If you're a fan of the comic strip Get Fuzzy then you no doubt noticed a very disturbing trend in last week's strips: Darby Conley, author of the strip, suddenly had his characters...
  • Haiku #29

    If there's a meeting And no one can find it, is It a real meeting? There's no doubt that the author of today's haiku has a fondness for Zen koans; he's even used a few of them in a previous article on this site. But, then again, what's not...
  • Haiku #26

    Danger! Danger! Will Robinson! Please review the IM disclaimer. Many years ago, long before television became the bastion of intellectual wit and high culture that it is today, there was a short-lived show titled Lost in Space . To be perfectly...
  • Lync Server PowerShell Cmdlet List Updated

    Several months ago, before Lync Server 2010 was even released, we put up a list of cmdlets along with a short description of each. Well, we finally got around to updating that cmdlet list . Hey, give us a break. Do you really expect us to run a Lync...
  • Haiku #34

    You can sip coffee And you can sip tea, too. But You can't SipDomain. You know what's interesting? Domains. (OK, so maybe they're not all that interesting. But we had to have something to act as the first sentence of this article.) For example...
  • Haiku #33

    Looking for my soul Mate. Must be Lync-enabled. Non-smoker preferred. If you believe what they say on TV (and, really, why wouldn't you believe what they say on TV?) then one of out every five new relationships starts through an online dating...
  • Lync Server PowerShell Challenge: Rules

    One of these things is not like the others, One of these things just doesn't belong. Can you tell which thing is not like the others By the time I finish my song? — Sesame Street One of These Things is Not Like the Others...
  • Haiku #36

    All cmdlets are Equal. We agree. Except For voice policies. Today's literary allusion (and, really, how could anyone write an article about Microsoft Lync Server PowerShell without having at least one literary allusion?) comes from George...
  • Determine Whether or Not a Number has Been Assigned to a Call Park Orbit

    When you work at Microsoft you often find yourself involved in truly fascinating discussions. For example, just the other day a couple of us were sitting around talking about the call park service when someone posed this question: does the Get-CsCallParkOrbit...
  • Haiku #23

    J, U C A B? O, I C A B. K, U C RGS Q? Back in 1968, noted illustrator and children's book writer William Stieg wrote a clever little book titled CDB! The entire book consisted of sentences made up entirely of letters that sounded like words...
  • Haiku # 30

    Oh, you beautiful Doll. Oh, you must be joking. OU permission. Before we launch into today's article we thought we should mention that time is running out in order to enter the first-ever Lync Server PowerShell One of These Things is Not Like...
  • Haiku # 32

    That picture makes me Look fat. Thank goodness for the Privacy settings. Remember privacy? If you don't, well, we forgive you: after all, privacy seems to have fallen completely out of style these days. And yet, believe it or not, there was...
  • Haiku #28

    The memories of Our last talk still linger on. In the database. At one time Gordon Bell , a researcher here at Microsoft, was on a mission to compile a complete record of his life. And when we say complete, we mean it: to this end Microsoft...
  • Haiku #22

    Ancient relics from A time that has long since passed. Analog device. According to cartoons (which is where the authors of the Lync Server PowerShell blog have gotten most of their knowledge about history and culture), back in the 1950s...
  • Lync Server 2010 PowerShell: The Un-Blog

    It's come to our attention that we may have confused a few people out there (which isn't surprising, given how confused we often are ourselves). What is the Lync Server 2010 PowerShell blog all about, anyway? Well, it's not so much a Blog as it is the Un-Blog. Read more to discover what makes this the Un-Blog, and maybe you'll find it a little easier to get around from now on.

  • Haiku #35

    Can you hear me now? Oh. Can you hear me now ? Oh. Well, OK, can you -- We're going to let you in on a little secret here: sometimes (just sometimes, mind you) setting up and maintaining Enterprise Voice, Microsoft's implementation of the...
  • Haiku #27

    There is a call for You. Just dial 209 to Answer. Call parking. You know, the first time he heard that call parking was being added to Microsoft Lync Server 2010, the author of today's haiku looked at the person who relayed this news to him...
  • Not Like the Others: Challenge 1

    One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 1. See if you can figure out which of these Lync Server PowerShell cmdlets is different from the others. Don't forget to check out the rules. And check out the Challenge Home Page for updates. Good luck!

  • One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 2

    Challenge Home Last week, when we posted the first Lync Server PowerShell One of These Things is Not Like the Other Challenge , we were afraid that the question we came up with was too hard, and that no one who entered would be able...
  • One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 2 Answer

    Well, another week, another weekly challenge . And just like we saw in our first One of These Things is Not Like the Other Challenge , everyone who entered was able to figure it out. That includes Aleksandar N., who isn't even using Lync Server yet but...
  • One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 3

    One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 3 When we posted our first challenge , we were concerned that we'd made the thing a little too difficult; much to our surprise, however, everyone who submitted an answer got it right. Because...
  • One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 1 Answer

    Challenge Home Challenge 1 In the classic science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still , the alien Klaatu, in order to demonstrate his incredible powers and abilities, literally makes the Earth stand still. ...
  • Not Like the Others: Challenge 1: Hint

    Here’s you hint to Challenge 1 : To quote the Beatles, “Here’s another clue for you all: the walrus was Paul.” Which, now that we think about it, isn’t really going to help you very much, is it? OK, try this one...
  • New Article: Combine Output with Add-Member

    If you've been using Windows PowerShell for a while, at least two or three days, you've probably stumbled across an interesting situation. Okay, you've probably stumbled across many interesting situations, but the one in particular we're talking about...