Microsoft Copilot is all around...

  As the debut of Microsoft 365 Copilot approaches, there are a lot of Copilot features set to be introduced across the Microsoft 365 ecosystem. Here are a few noteworthy additions: Microsoft has unveiled a series of innovative features in the upcoming releases of Windows 11, some of them are already released, and some are currently available in preview builds. The Windows 11 Copilot, conveniently located in the taskbar, eliminates the need to open your Edge browser. It is seamlessly integrated with Bing Enterprise Chat (BEC) and ChatGPT, making it really easy to get started on your creative journey. Included in Windows 11 is the new co-creator feature in Paint. This feature, also in preview, is integrated with DALL-E and provides a swift and straightforward method for creating illustrations and images. If you possess a knack for crafting descriptions, you can generate quite impressive imagery. Another AI-powered feature is image creation directly from BEC. This feature, also integrate

Enable or edit Lync users based on AdGroupMembership

In my previous blogposts on Lync user management using PowerShell, I have demonstrated how you can edit  by using an OU search string, or import a csv file. I thought maybe it would be nice to show how to add/manage Lync users by searching for a AD Group. It might be a bit tricky, but it is possible.

I have created a tiny script to prompt the admin for the group name, find users within that group, enable them for Lync and finally enabling the user for Enterprise voice (Presuming the phone attribute in AD is populated in the correct E.164 format, or the script might need adjustment) and setting a specific policy (just because I can, not because I have to).

Something worth mentioning, the set-csuser doesn't seem to like being pipelined to, which is why the get-adgroup is run twice.

The first part of the script is not doing anything, it's just a reminder to import the ad module. The first thing you have to do, is to enter the ADGroup Name (the display name of the group).

When the ADGroup is known to the script, we move on to enabling those users for Lync (skip this part if they are already enabled, but you want to edit users). This is quite straight forward.

But I'm not done yet. I also want to enable the user for voice, and grant him a client policy (These are just examples. Your imagination of PS command combinations is your only limitation).

Doing all I wanted to gave me an unexpected problem. As it turns out, the "get-adgroupmember" will not return the phone property of the user, and it became a challenge to figure out a way to get that property. That is why there are two foreach statements with in this last section. After we get hold of the adgroupmemner name, we can run the get-csaduser with that name (A bit dirty? I know, but it works).

As you can see, the script is fetching the $ attrib of the user, and uses it to create the LineURI after adding the "tel:" prefix.

If you want to take a closer look at the actual script, it can be found right here. Have fun playing with it :)