Saturday, 25 January 2014

Office365: How to connect to from Powershell

How to connect to the blue, M$ cloud?
I suppose you may know how, but this could be little tricky so...

What you'll need?
I start with that what do you NOT need :)
If you manage hybrid environment you may ask yourself and me if you need domain added computer to connect to Office365. No, you don't. You can use any computer you have that will be able to run this:

Windows Azure Module for Active Directory

You can download it as a part of big package - Web Platform Installer
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=255386
OR
You can download it's parts:
1. Beuatiful named MOS SIA (Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant) package to work with in Office 365:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39267
2. Windows Azure Module

For x64: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=236297
For x86: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=236298

Then install - first MOS SIA, then Windows Azure module.
After that you should end up with blue window like this:



You then could use below commands to connect to your Office365 server:

$cred=Get-Credential

After that you get window prompt for credential
Use credential in format user@domain

$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://ps.outlook.com/powershell/ -Credential $cred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection

You should have info about redirection:
WARNING: Your connection has been redirected to the following URI:
"https://podXXXXXpsh.outlook.com/powershell-liveid?PSVersion=4.0 "

This is OK.

Type:
Import-PSSession $Session 
and wait...

You should see loading banner:


 

Don't go mad, this could take some time,  even few minutes, despite of network and service condition.
OK, sometimes it's good not to wait until death, and press Enter (once is enough, really :).

After you see all the supported and imported commands, you are ready to manage Office365 from the Powershell.

Enjoy! 

And...
After you end your work with Office365 use the:
Remove-PSSession $Session

If you won't use it, session will expire automatically after 15 minutes or so.


Below the link for technet article:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj151815.aspx

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