• Blog Post: One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 13

    Welcome back to the weekly Lync Server PowerShell One of These Things is Not Like the Others challenge. We should probably point out to everyone that this is the 13 th Challenge in the series. If this challenge proves to be unlucky, well, don't say we didn't warn you. Note . Just in case you...
  • Blog Post: 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 instead: If you only knew How I refused...
  • 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 4 Answer

    One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 4 A tip of the cap this week to ewright19: we barely had time to post the challenge before she had sent in her answer. Is it legal to submit an answer to the challenge just minutes after it's been posted? You bet it is. In fact, we encourage...
  • 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 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 9: Answer

    Another week, another Lync Server PowerShell Challenge. Last week we presented you with the following four Lync Server PowerShell cmdlets and asked the by-now immortal question "Which of these cmdlets is not like the others?": Test-CsIm Test-CsGroupIm Test...
  • 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 7: Answer

    No doubt you've heard the expression that "great minds think alike." If that's true – and we're not saying that it is , mind you – then that doesn't bode well for the authors of the Lync Server PowerShell blog. Why do we say that? Well, last week we showed you the following four Lync...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 like the others: Get-CsUser...
  • Blog Post: One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 16: Answer

    Last week was another one of those weeks when it came to the Lync Server PowerShell One of These Things is Not Like the Others challenge; that is, one of those weeks when the answer was far from obvious. Remember the good old days, when the challenge would ask you to pick out the outlier from a set of...
  • 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 2: Hint

    To tell you the truth, based on the submissions we’ve received so far, it doesn’t look like anyone out there actually needs a hint in order to solve this week’s challenge. But, because a promise is a promise, here’s a hint for Challenge 2 : Per-fect, per-petual, per-pendicular...
  • Blog Post: 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, today is Hint Day, and we’d hate to spoil all...
  • 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 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 13: Answer

    If we were to show you all the weekly Lync Server PowerShell challenges and asked you, "Which of these challenges is not like the others?" there would be one obviously correct answer: Challenge No. 13 . Why? Well, in each of the first 12 challenges, we had a definite answer in mind. That didn't mean...
  • Blog Post: One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 19: Answer

    Now here's something you don't see every day: we made a big mistake in last week's challenge . (Well, OK, maybe that is something you see every day after all.) Last week we asked you which of the following four Lync Server PowerShell cmdlets was not like the others: New-CsNetworkInterface...
  • Blog Post: 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 Daylight Time). That, of course, would typically...
  • 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 5 Answer

    One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 5 Last week's challenge was all about data types. (And yes, we suppose the challenge would have been easier had we told you a long time ago that the thing was all about data types.) For the week 5 challenge, we showed you the following Lync...
  • 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 18

    This past weekend, it began raining in the Seattle area sometime around 7:00 PM on Saturday, and stopped raining around 4:00 PM on Sunday. In less than 24 hours, we got approximately 2 inches of rain, more rain than typically falls in Seattle during the entire month of May. So why are we telling...
  • Blog Post: One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 4

    One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Challenge 4 Well, it's Monday, which can only mean one thing: it's time once again for Monday Night Football! Oh, yeah, football season is officially over now, isn’t it? After all, they held the Super Bowl yesterday and everything. (Who won...