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  • Blog Post: 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 and, except for the promises that we break, we never...
  • Blog Post: One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 6

    One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 6 Today is Presidents Day in the U.S., a day when schools are closed, government offices are closed, and even people who don't officially get the day off often take some vacation time and stay as far away from work as they possibly can. ...
  • Blog Post: Not Like the Others: Challenge 1

    One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 1 As promised, the very first One of These Things is Not Like the Others challenge (sure to become a collector's item). Let's get right down to business: which of these Lync Server PowerShell cmdlets is not like the others? ...
  • Blog Post: One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 19

    It's time once again for the weekly Lync Server One of These Things is Not Like the Others challenge. We're in an especially good mood this morning, so we decided to be nice to everyone and give you an easy challenge this week. What's that? Are we really in a good mood this morning? No, not really;...
  • Blog Post: Not Like the Others: Challenge 3: Hint

    Well, for once we were right: this week’s Challenge ( Challenge 3 ) is a little harder than the first two Challenges . (In fact, we’ve even gotten a couple of emails that said, "This week’s Challenge is harder than the first two.") But don’t panic. If you haven’t been able...
  • Blog Post: 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 this week. Fortunately, thanks to the magic of Go...
  • Blog Post: One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 8

    One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 8 Way back in January, when we first began the weekly Lync Server PowerShell One of These Things is Not Like the Others Challenge, they said it couldn't be done, they said that no one could ever put together a weekly Lync Server PowerShell challenge...
  • Blog Post: One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 6 Answer

    One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 6 To be honest, there's a lot of pressure involved in running a highly-prestigious competition such as the weekly Lync Server PowerShell One of These Things is Not Like the Others Challenge. Note . If you aren't familiar with the Challenge...
  • Blog Post: One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 18: Answer

    We're not totally sure what this means, but this week all the submissions for the last Lync Server One of These Things is Not Like the Others challenge ended up in our Junk Mail folders. That didn't happen with any of the previous challenges: those emails ended up in our Inboxes, just like they were...
  • Blog Post: 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 of that, when we posted Challenge 2 we decided to...
  • Blog Post: One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 14: Answer

    When you work on the Lync Server PowerShell blog, people tend to stop you all the time and ask the same question: is your blog truly promoting peace and harmony throughout the entire world? Needless to say, we always thought that the Lync Server PowerShell blog was promoting peace and harmony throughout...
  • Blog Post: 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's competition? Uh-oh. Well, you should have said...
  • Blog Post: One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 17: Answer

    As you all know, nothing lasts forever. Note . Well, except for bank accounts. One of the authors of the Lync Server PowerShell blog once closed a bank account, and was given a receipt that showed that the account was officially closed. A few months later, he got a bill in the mail for having...
  • Blog Post: One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 8: Answer

    One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 8 Before we take a look at the answer to last week's Challenge , we wanted to say thanks to Johann D. for inviting us to visit Berlin, the beautiful capital city of Germany. That invitation comes just a week after we were invited to visit the...
  • Blog Post: Not Like the Others: Challenge 17: Hint

    Remember back on Monday , when we posted this week’s Lync Server PowerShell One of These Things is Not Like the Others challenge? If you can’t, well, don’t feel bad: off the top of our heads we couldn’t remember what this week’s challenge was either. And then it all came...
  • Blog Post: Not Like the Others: Challenge 9 Hint

    If you’re still working on this week’s Lync Server PowerShell One of These Things is Not Like the Other challenge, well, here’s a clue you might find useful: what’s black and white and red all over? Actually, now that we think about it, you probably won’t find that...
  • Blog Post: 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 to come up with a correct answer. As it turned out...
  • Blog Post: 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 has still managed to come up with the correct answer...
  • Blog Post: One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 20

    Well, you know what they say: all good things must come to an end. And so, too must the Lync Server PowerShell One of These Things is Not Like the Others challenge. Listen, go ahead and cry: there's nothing to be ashamed of. (Needless to say, we've been bawling our eyes out all morning.) But it...
  • Blog Post: Not Like the Others: Challenge 4: Hint

    We’re actually going to give you two hints today. The first is this: while it’s true that Merge-CsLegacyTopology is the only one of the four cmdlets that uses Merge as its verb, well, that wasn’t really what we had in mind. (That would be a bit too easy.) And the second hint is this...
  • Blog Post: One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 5

    One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 5 No doubt you've spent a lot of time wondering how we go about picking the weekly Lync Server 2010 PowerShell Challenge. Because of that, we thought we'd give you a little insight into the process. Awhile back we came up with about 20 or so...
  • Blog Post: 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 like a really mediocre sort of challenge? Well...
  • Blog Post: One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 7

    One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 7 And now for the moment you've all been waiting for. The winner of this year's Academy Award for Best Motion Picture goes to -- Oops; sorry. For a moment there we forgot we were dealing with Microsoft Lync Server 2010 administrators....
  • Blog Post: 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. Note . Well, OK, if you want to get picky about...
  • Blog Post: Not Like the Others: Challenge 16: Hint

    Last Monday we told you two things about this week’s Lync Server PowerShell challenge: 1) this week’s challenge was going to be a little more challenging than most; and, 2) for once we actually had an answer in mind for the challenge. What is that answer? Well, we can’t tell you that...