March, 2011

  • Haiku #79

    This haiku (and accompanying article) is about cmdlets you'll probably never use. But it's good to know they're there, just like the Lync Server PowerShell blog.

  • Not Like the Others: Challenge 11 Hint

    Once again we’re not convinced that anybody actually needs a hint: even though this week’s challenge was a bit trickier than last week’s, everyone who has submitted an answer thus far seems to be doing OK with it. On the other hand,...
  • Haiku #78

    The world of sports is in a bit of turmoil right now, but your voice routes are safe as long as your PSTN usages are set up properly. Read this haiku article and learn how to ensure your voice routes and policies have the PSTN usages they need.

  • Haiku #77

    Learn how to configure hyplerlinks in Lync 2010 instant messaging sessions. Even Cary Grant couldn't have come up with a Lync Server PowerShell haiku this good.

  • Haiku #76

    Do you have your E911 ports configured correctly? If you don't. who knows what may happen to your civilization? Check out this haiku to make sure you're not in any danger.

  • One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 11

    One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 11 Here's a quick question for you: what are the nine sweetest words in the English language? As you probably guessed – what's that? Well, now that you mention it, those nine words are...
  • One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 10: Answer

    You know, the mark of a truly great Lync Server PowerShell challenge is this: everyone who submits an answer gets it right, but everyone who submits an answer also has a different reason for why that's the right answer. Note . Doesn't that sound...
  • Haiku #75

    Who ever thought a haiku could help them on their way towards importing and exporting their Lync Server configuration? Well, we're not sure the haiku itself is much help, but the rest of the article probably is. We hope.

  • Customer Question and Answer

    Several weeks ago the Lync Server PowerShell blog authors presented an instructor-led lab to some of our internal Microsoft customers at the TechReady 12 conference. It turned out that people had quite a few questions about the lab we were walking them...
  • Haiku #74

    The Lync Server PowerShell blog authors go head-to-head to bring you this haiku. But you have to expect a little tension when you start talking about regular expressions.

  • Not Like the Others: Challenge 10 Hint

    Once again we’re not sure we really need to give you a hint to this week’s Challenge : the early returns suggest that most people are coming up with pretty good answers all by themselves. Still, we promised to give you a hint every Thursday...
  • Haiku #73

    Any day can be a holiday, as long as you have a Lync PowerShell haiku and the Response Group application.

  • New Script: Retrieve Lync Connection Information

    Quite a while ago we published a script we received from Nick Smith and Scott Stubberfield that lists connections to registrar pools . (And more recently we published updates to that script, one for direct connections and one for remote access .) One...
  • Retrieve Lync Connection Information

    Submitted by Tracy A. Cerise, University of Kentucky This script pulls Microsoft Lync 2010 connection information, such as the number of connections per Front End Server and number of unique users, and either displays it to the console or writes...
  • Haiku #72

    Quick, read thsi haiku about PIN policies before time runs out!

  • The TechReady 12 Q and A

    Several weeks ago your two favorite Lync Server PowerShell writers – no, not those guys; we meant us , you know, your two favorite Lync Server PowerShell writers. Remember? OK, fine. Several weeks ago our two favorite Lync Server PowerShell...
  • Retrieve All Global Lync Server Policies

    How can I retrieve all the global policies? This turned out to be a very frustrating question for us, simply because we almost had a really good answer to it. Unfortunately, though, we have a few quirks in our cmdlet naming conventions and, because...
  • Warning Before Disabling a User in Lync Server

    How come there isn't a warning prompt that appears when you run Disable-CsUser? It seems like a kind of dangerous cmdlet to not have a warning. We hate to sound like a broken record, at least in part because we aren't sure that there are any people...
  • Set the Forward To Number in Lync Server

    How can I set the actual number that calls are forwarded to? Well, unfortunately, you can't. We wish you could , because we get asked this question all the time. But you can't. Sorry. If you're wondering what we're talking about (something...
  • Retrieving Users with the Active Directory Name Attribute

    How come I can't use the Active Directory Name attribute as an Identity? Exchange lets you use the Name. Why can't you use the Name attribute as an Identity? Well, we're not really sure; that decision was made before we joined the Lync Server PowerShell...
  • The Difference Between Grant-Cs* Cmdlets and Set-Cs* Cmdlets

    What's the different between the Grant-Cs cmdlets and the Set-Cs cmdlets? Are there any Grant-Cs cmdlets that don't deal with policies? At last: an easy question to answer! When it comes to policies, the Set-Cs cmdlets are used to make a change...
  • Lync Server Policy Default Values and Inheritance

    Where are policy defaults stored? Are they inherited from the global policy? Can I change the default values? For all intents and purposes, the default values for anything you can create in Lync Server PowerShell (which includes configuration settings...
  • What is a Site in Lync Server?

    Are Lync Server sites related to Active Directory sites? How can I get a list of my Lync Server sites? And how do I create a site policy? Wow, so many questions! Let's see what we can do to answer them: 1. Are Lync Server sites related to...
  • PowerShell Overview: Selecting Non-Existent Properties

    When you use the Select-Object cmdlet, how come PowerShell doesn't tell you that you asked for a property that doesn't exist? Let's explain the scenario that caused two different people to ask this question while attending our instructor-led lab...
  • Copying Lync Server Policies

    Is there any way to copy a Lync Server policy? Officially? No, there's not. We know a lot of people would love to see something like a Copy-CsVoicePolicy cmdlet, but nothing like that exists at the moment, and we don't know of any plans to create...