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…


NEW: Retrieve Available Lync Contacts

We’ve released another article in our series about using the Microsoft Lync 2010 SDK with Windows PowerShell. (The article was in a cage in the deepest cellars of Microsoft, but we decided it was safe to release it now. If it threatens or bites anyone let us know and we’ll put it back.) This time…


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 time they started being “away.” Now, why…


Haiku #115

Sorry, but you’re not On the list. Take a hike, man! Client versioning.   For those of you anxiously following the saga of Seattle’s attempt to have a day where the temperature reaches 70 degrees Fahrenheit, we must inform you of a temporary setback. When the author of today’s haiku left for work this morning,…


Not Like the Others: Challenge 18: Hint

OK, so here’s the deal. One of the two authors of the Lync Server PowerShell blog always works at home on Fridays. (Well, OK: she always “works” at home on Fridays.) Today happens to be a Thursday, but she decided to work at home anyway. Well, needless to say, that meant everyone who works here…


Haiku #114

The sun is shining, The birds are singing, all the Domains are logging.   We have to admit that it was hard to sit down and write today’s haiku: for the next 48 hours, all of us here in the Seattle area will be on pins and needles.   Note. And at least some of…


Haiku #113

A horse walks into A bar and says “Hey, give me A site policy.”   Just the other day the author of today’s haiku read the following joke:   A turtle walks into a police station and tells the officer at the desk that three snails have just robbed him. “Three snails?” said the policeman….


Haiku #112

Let’s go fly a kite Up to the – nah, we’d rather Do holiday sets.   This past weekend the author of today’s haiku went to see the musical version of Mary Poppins.   Note. Don’t be surprised: technically they wouldn’t let him in the door to see the show. He snuck in the through…


Haiku #111

Everywhere must be Somewhere. Or maybe nowhere. CS Location.   Last week, the author of today’s Lync Server PowerShell haiku opened up an email that asked the following:   I’m trying to understand the purpose of the Set-CsLisLocation cmdlet.   I understand it creates locations, but what purpose does a location provide on its own?…


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…