August 23, 2013
Microsoft Unveils Remote PowerShell for Lync Online
By Rajani Baburajan
Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync is a powerful unified communications solution that combines instant messaging, Voice over IP (VoIP), e-mail and video conferencing designed to help businesses enhance communications and improve efficiency in their organizations.
To further enhance the capabilities of Lync, Microsoft has unveiled Windows PowerShell for Microsoft Lync online.
Microsoft is now offering the remote PowerShel capabilities to all commercial Office 365 customers. Thanks to the new capability, Office 365 administrators can manage and automate aspects of Lync Online using a command-line instead of the browser-based Office 365 admin center.
In Windows PowerShell, administrator chooses to type commands while in the Lync admin center they simply select and deselect checkboxes, says a blog post from Microsoft.
Both PowerShell and Lync admin center have similar capabilities. However, at times Windows PowerShell provides the most efficient way to perform a management task, according to Microsoft. There are instances when PowerShell cmdlets are the only way to perform a certain task.
The blog says, “For example, if you had to set policies for hundreds of individual users, it would be quite repetitive and tedious to select the options one by one in the Office 365 admin center. With PowerShell, you can write a script with the appropriate cmdlets to automate this repetitive task and save yourself a lot of time.”
PowerShell also provides additional management capabilities beyond Lync admin center. For example, it can be used to manage Exchange Unified Messaging and hosted voicemail policies like Get-CsHostedVoicemailPolicy and Grant-CsHostedVoicemailPolicy.
The new capability also allows users to manage mobile phone notifications, also known as push notifications to send notifications about events, such as new instant messages or new voicemail, to mobile devices such as Windows Phones and iPhones.
Users can enable and disable push notifications by using the remote PowerShell command Set-CsPushNotificationConfiguration cmdlet, the blog says.
Edited by Alisen Downey