April, 2011

  • How To Export Lync Contacts to Excel

    Now that you've built up a long list of contacts in Microsoft Lync you've decided you want to export them so you can use them other places, send them to a coworker, or maybe just save them as a backup. This article shows you how to use the Lync 2010 SDK to retrieve contacts from a running instance of Microsoft Lync and export them to Microsoft Excel.

  • Simultaneously Assigning a Policy to Multiple Users

    Trying to pick your favorite feature in Microsoft Lync Server 2010 PowerShell is like trying to pick your favorite episode of The Simpsons : there are so many good ones to choose from that it simply can't be done. Note . Actually, it can be done...
  • Haiku #82

    It really is a wonderful life, at least when you know how to use synthetic transaction cmdlets like Test-CsAVConference. And after you read this haiku, and it's companion article, you will.

  • Haiku #98

    This haiku is about elves roaming around replicating things. Or something like that. Maybe you should read it and see if you can figure out what it's about.

  • Not Like the Others: Challenge 15: Hint

    So you say you need a hint for this week’s Lync Server PowerShell Challenge, do you? Well, let me put you on hold for a second. What’s that? We did give you a hint. No, really, we did. Let me put you on hold for a second. No, we...
  • Haiku #99

    There seem to be some amazing similarities between the author of this haiku article and a turkey. However, it's likely that only one of them knows how to tell time. Read the article to find out which one.

  • How to Cheat at Sporcle

    An alternate, and less interesting, title for this article would be "Find All the Lync Server Cmdlet Verbs." See, we told you that would sound less interesting. It's much more interesting to find out how to cheat at something.

  • April Wrap-Up…and Haiku #100

    The old saying is “March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb.” Well, that’s one ferocious lamb because April has been roaring away here in Redmond. Another saying is “April showers bring May flowers.” If that one’s...
  • Haiku #100

    Celebrate, it's Friday! Oh, and it's also haiku number 100.

  • Haiku #83

    Everyone needs a good haiku to configure their Access Edge Servers. But if you can't find one, here's a mediocre haiku to at least help you out.

  • Export to Excel

    Tired of seeing all your output go scrolling away in your Windows PowerShell command window? Why not export the output to Microsoft Excel? This article shows you a script that saves process information to an Excel file, and explains how it all works to you can send any output to Excel.

  • Export Lync Contacts to Excel

    This script uses the Lync 2010 SDK to export contacts from a running instance of Microsoft Lync to a Microsoft Excel worksheet.

    For a full description of this script, see the article How To Export Lync Contacts to Excel.

  • Not Like the Others: Challenge 12 Hint

    Need a hint for this week’s Lync Server One of These Things is Not Like the Others challenge? All you had to do is ask: “Are you still here? I thought I got rid of you a long time ago.” Wait a second: that’s actually...
  • Haiku #80

    The April 1, 2011, Lync Server PowerShell haiku is out. Find out about the future of Lync, and the present of client certificates.

  • One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 12

    So is it really possible to have too much excitement in a single day? We're about to find out. As you probably know, tonight (April 4, 2011) is the championship in the NCAA men's basketball tournament (Connecticut vs. Butler, tipoff at 6:23 PM Pacific...
  • One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 11: Answer

    With last week's Challenge we decided to get a little sneaky. (Probably not a good idea, but we did it anyway.) As you might recall, last week we presented you with the following four Lync Server PowerShell commands and asked you which command was not...
  • Haiku #81

    No need for tell-all books here at the Lync Server PowerShell blog. Anything you could ever want to know is available from the Get-CsPool cmdlet. (Well, there might be a little bit left to tell.)

  • No Conferencing Policy is an Island: Per-Organizer Settings vs. Per-User Settings

    No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. – John Donne ...
  • New Article: No Conferencing Policy is an Island

    We’ve talked a lot here on the Lync Server PowerShell blog about scopes and policies , including per-user policies. Just to refresh your memory, a per-user policy is a policy that must be specifically assigned to a user or group. The user has whatever...
  • NEW: Simultaneously Assigning a Policy to Multiple Users

    Last night one of the authors of the Lync Server PowerShell blog dreamt that she spent a day being very grouchy and impatient. (Yes, we know, everyone around her is wondering how that’s different from her waking hours.) So when she woke up this...
  • Haiku #93

    This haiku is very insightful and upbeat. Not the least bit grouchy. How can a haiku be grouchy when it's about synthetic transactions? Come to think of it, can a haiku be grouchy?

  • Not Like the Others: Challenge 14: Hint

    Today is Hint Day at the Lync Server PowerShell blog, the day we provide a hint for the weekly One of These Things is Not Like the Others challenge. The only problem with that? For some reason, we couldn’t remember what question we actually posed...
  • Haiku #94

    When it momentarily stops raining in Seattle, you know it's a great day. What should you do on a great day? Read a haiku about merging Lync Server topologies, that's what.

  • Haiku #95

    This haiku is about the CsClientPin cmdlets. Well, the haiku is about PINs in general, the article is about the CsClientPin cmdlets.

  • One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 15

    So you say you're looking for a real challenge in this week's Lync Server PowerShell One of These Things is Not Like the Others competition, do you? You say that you – what's that? You say that you aren't looking for a real challenge in this week...