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  • CONNECTING OFFICE 365 TO POWERSHELL ON A WINDOWS 8.1 DEVICE

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    PowerShell is a great tool for Office 365 administrators.

     

     

    PowerShell is a scripting language that allows you execute a series of commands. Office 365 continues to improve over time and as it evolves, even greater access to PowerShell will continue to grow. I highly recommend learning it. You can automate many manual tasks like creating new users, disabling users, assign Exchange Online mailbox permissions to other users, view tenant information, etc…

     
    In order to get started with PowerShell you have to download a few items. While installing the Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant on my Windows 8.1 device I ran into an issue. I kept getting the following error:

    “In order to install Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell, you must have Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant version 7.0 or greater installed on this computer”

    The Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant provides end user sign in capabilities to Microsoft Office 365 and other Microsoft Online Services. I found a work-around. You have to download the Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant for IT Professionals BETA as a work around. Otherwise, you will see the following error:

    “In order to install Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell, you must have Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant version 7.0 or greater installed on this computer”

    Here’s the link to the BETA version:

    Microsoft Online Services Sign-IN Assistant for IT Professionals BETA http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39267

    Next step is to install the Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell Setup. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj151815.aspx

    One more tip: Don’t forget to run the Windows Azure AD Module as an administrator when running Cmdlets.

    Happy Scripting!