Haiku #184

Bah-bah black sheep, have You a reason to run the ACP commands?   This past weekend was an exciting one for the author of today’s haiku: he attended the Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Championship. Why was that so exciting? Well, when it comes to spectator sports, the author of today’s haiku has always had two goals:…

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Lync Server Admin Guide: Managing Users

  This article is part of the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Administration Guide: PowerShell Supplement.   Search for Lync Server 2010 Users   To search for one or more users   To search for a user based on the value of a Microsoft Lync Server-specific attribute, use the Get-CsUser cmdlet and the Filter parameter. For…

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Haiku #143

Smile! After all, you (And Hugh) can run the User Server cmdlets.   So it turns out that there was a monastery in this one town where something weird happened and the monks all went crazy; as a result, they started growing these man-eating flowers that began terrorizing the town. The townspeople tried everything they…

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Haiku #120

Do not be afraid: We do have a backup plan. User pool info.   If you can hear an echo while reading today’s haiku, there’s a good reason for that: at the moment, the author of today’s haiku is working in a building that appears to be completely empty. On top of that, there was…

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Simultaneously Assigning a Policy to Multiple Users

Trying to pick your favorite feature in Microsoft Lync Server 2010 PowerShell is like trying to pick your favorite episode of The Simpsons: there are so many good ones to choose from that it simply can’t be done.   Note. Actually, it can be done: Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious. The problem is getting everyone in the family…

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Warning Before Disabling a User in Lync Server

How come there isn’t a warning prompt that appears when you run Disable-CsUser? It seems like a kind of dangerous cmdlet to not have a warning.   We hate to sound like a broken record, at least in part because we aren’t sure that there are any people out there who even remember what records…

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Retrieving Users with the Active Directory Name Attribute

How come I can’t use the Active Directory Name attribute as an Identity? Exchange lets you use the Name.   Why can’t you use the Name attribute as an Identity? Well, we’re not really sure; that decision was made before we joined the Lync Server PowerShell team. But while you can’t use the Name attribute,…

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Modify the SIP Address of an Enabled Lync Server User

Can Set-CsUser construct a SIP address for you?   No, it can’t. As you probably know, when you enable a user for Lync Server you can ask the system to create the user’s SIP address for you. For example, this command gives Ken Myer a SIP address based on his SamAccountName:   Enable-CsUser –Identity “Ken…

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Get-CsUser and Get-CsAdUser: When to Use Where-Object vs. Filter or LdapFilter

With Get-CsUser and Get-CsAdUser, doesn’t the Where-Object cmdlet do the same thing as the Filter and LdapFilter parameters?   That’s an easy one. The answer to your question is this: yes.   Well, except that the answer to your question is also this: no.   Hmmm …. Maybe it’s not quite as easy as we…

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Get-CsUser Filter Parameter and Enabled Attribute

Aren’t the Filter parameter and the Enabled attribute on the Get-CsUser cmdlet redundant? Doesn’t Get-CsUser always return all the users who have been enabled for Lync Server?   Yes, Get-CsUser always returns all the users who have been enabled for Lync Server.   Except, of course, when it doesn’t.   What do we mean by…

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