• Blog Post: Demo Scripts for Using Remote Windows PowerShell to Manage Office 365 Now Available

    A set of sample scripts that enable users to explore the use of remote Windows PowerShell as a tool for managing Office 365 in general, and Lync Online in particular, are now available on the Microsoft Download Center. Author: Barry Castle, Sr. Product Marketing Manager Reviewer: Greg Stemp, Sr...
  • Blog Post: Show Lync in foreground when it starts

    Registry locations HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Communicator\ AutoOpenMainWindowWhenStartup Allowed registry values · 0 – The Contact List will not display onscreen when you logon to Windows · 1 – The Contact List will display onscreen when you...
  • Blog Post: Not Like the Others: Challenge 13: Hint

    You say you need a hint for this week’s Lync Server PowerShell challenge? Then you should do what the creators of that challenge do any time they need help with something (and for anything, not just the challenge): they ask their moms. But on the off-chance that your mom isn’t as up...
  • Blog Post: Retrieve Available Contacts

    With the Microsoft Lync 2010 SDK you can write scripts that retrieve all sorts of information about the contacts in the currently-running instance of Lync. What kind of information, you ask? Well, things like the contacts’ activity status (free, busy, etc.); their out of office message; and what...
  • Blog Post: Creating Your Own GUI Application

    Creating Your Own GUI Application (Création de Votre Propre Application GUI) This might come as a shock to many of you, but there was a time – a time long, long ago – when people didn't have cell phones. What could that even mean not to have cell phones? Well, for one thing...
  • 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: Haiku #40

    You try it. I'm not Gonna try it. Let's get Test Device to try it. One of the best television commercials of all time is Hey, Mikey , an ad for Life cereal. (Yes, there have been a number of great television commercials, like, say Hey, Mikey and … the other ones ….) In the ad...
  • Blog Post: Haiku #137

    I sense a very Real connection between us. CS Management. Yesterday the author of today's haiku was the lone member of the user assistance (UA) team to sit in on a meeting. As such, he was almost immediately peppered with questions about documentation: "Do you know who's going to be...
  • Blog Post: Haiku #85

    Password expire and The machines fall silent. Where Could Kerberos be? Last night the author of today's haiku spent 45 minutes at the gym, dutifully working out on the StairMaster. Because there was nothing even remotely interesting on TV (hockey? soccer? golf reruns ?!?) that left him alone...
  • Blog Post: Haiku #33

    Looking for my soul Mate. Must be Lync-enabled. Non-smoker preferred. If you believe what they say on TV (and, really, why wouldn't you believe what they say on TV?) then one of out every five new relationships starts through an online dating service. We like to think that Microsoft Lync...
  • Blog Post: Haiku #122

    Drink to your health! And, While you're at it, manage your Web service settings. If you've ever wondered why we do a daily haiku devoted to the Lync Server PowerShell cmdlets, we actually have a pretty good reason for that: the daily haiku provides a way for us to bring you information that...
  • Blog Post: Haiku # 31

    Nice try, Fuzzy. But Let's see a haiku with this: CsAnnouncement If you're a fan of the comic strip Get Fuzzy then you no doubt noticed a very disturbing trend in last week's strips: Darby Conley, author of the strip, suddenly had his characters writing haikus. For example, here's a haiku...
  • Blog Post: Working with Microsoft Lync Registry Settings

    Remember the registry? Of course you do: the registry was first introduced in Windows 3.1 and now, almost 20 years later, the registry is still very much alive and kicking. We're the first to admit that the registry hasn't always been the most-beloved piece of software that Microsoft ever created, but...
  • Blog Post: Why Didn't You Tell Me That Isn't a Valid Property?

    As you might expect, writing for the Lync Server PowerShell blog is perhaps the most exciting and glamorous job on the face of the planet: millions of people would literally give their right arm for the opportunity to trade jobs with us. Note . Well, OK, so maybe they wouldn't literally give...
  • Blog Post: The Mystery of Get-CsUser and Get-CsAdUser

    Desmond Lee has come out with a great article on his blog to complement our article on Properties Returned By Get-CsUser and Get-CsAdUser . In his article, Desmond talks about his quest for users in Active Directory who have not yet been enabled for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 (formerly known as Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Lync Language

    Registry locations HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Communicator\ Language Allowed registry values An integer value corresponding to the desired language (see below for a complete list of allowed values) Registry value type REG_DWORD Default...
  • Blog Post: Haiku #55

    You once were lost but Now you're found. See why we asked For your location? The author of today's haiku has always had a soft spot in his heart for product disclaimers, those warning labels/pseudo-legal notices that accompany pretty much everything these days. For example, not too long ago...
  • Blog Post: How To Export Lync Contacts to Excel

    Operator, oh could you help me place this call? See, the number on the matchbook is old and faded… - Jim Croce, “Operator (That’s Not the Way it Feels)” When was the last time you called the telephone operator? Do operators even exist anymore? With your lists of...
  • 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: Haiku #49

    You have been chosen; Prepare to meet the future. LegacyUser. As you might recall, at the end of the classic movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind , the hero (Richard Dreyfuss) gets invited to join the aliens on their mother ship and go – well, the movie never does explain where...
  • Blog Post: Haiku #90

    Raw oyster? Broiled dog? Maybe we should just run a Cmdlet instead. In the move Blade Runner , the bad guys were the replicants, incredibly powerful and intelligent robots that were virtually indistinguishable from human beings. In fact, in the movie the only way to determine who was a replicant...
  • Blog Post: Haiku #88

    I don't really want All these files. If only I Could get rid of them .... Before we do anything else we should probably let you know that the author of today's Lync Server PowerShell haiku is having a little problem keeping focused on his work. After all, yesterday he got a new lawnmower...
  • Blog Post: Creating Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Objects

    Windows PowerShell has some pretty strict standards when it comes to naming things. As you probably know by now, every PowerShell cmdlet consists of a verb and a noun. Not only that, but there are guidelines that define how a developer goes about choosing nouns, and some pretty strict guidelines that...
  • 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: Haiku #170

    Uphill both ways? Not With the Set Application Server cmdlet. Last night the author of today's haiku saw that not only was there a new Conan the Barbarian movie coming up, but this fall there will also be a remake of Charlie's Angels to be aired on ABC. All he can say about that is: hey,...