Did you know that Microsoft Lync Server 2010 shipped with 540 Windows PowerShell cmdlets? If you've worked with Windows PowerShell you'll probably find that pretty amazing. If you haven't worked with PowerShell, you may not even know what a cmdlet is. But that's okay, because whether you're a Lync Server pro, a Windows PowerShell pro, or completely new to everything, we have the resource you need to manage your Lync Server deployment by using these 540 cmdlets. (Don't worry, you won't need to use them all at once.)

Also known as the Un-Blog, the Lync Server PowerShell blog is the place to go to learn everything you need to know about using Windows PowerShell with Lync Server 2010. Here are just a few of the things you'll find there:

Getting Started. Learn the basics of using Windows PowerShell. When you have that down, you can also learn the basics of using the Lync Server implementation of Windows PowerShell.

UI Mapping. Here you can see how the Lync Server Control Panel (the user interface for Lync Server) maps to the PowerShell cmdlets and parameters. You'll also find mapping from the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 interface to the new PowerShell cmdlets.

Scripts. Windows PowerShell scripts that are ready-made for you to copy, customize, and use in your environment.

Daily PowerShell Haiku. Some are really good, some , well, you may groan a little, but the information that comes with them is invaluable. Much more than just a haiku, and there's a new one every (working) day.

Last but not least, join in on the Lync Server PowerShell Challenge. Gain fame (but probably not fortune) by competing in the weekly challenge. It's a fun way to learn about the Lync Server PowerShell cmdlets. Don't worry if you weren't there from day one, it's never too late to join in!

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