A brief set of instructions to connect to Office 365 online services using PowerShell, including Azure AD, Exchange Online, and Skype for Business Online.
Note: If you are behind a proxy server, you will need to follow this in order for this to work: https://www.msdonkey.com/powershell/configuring-powershell-to-work-behind-a-proxy-server/
1. Install the 64-bit version of the Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant: Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant for IT Professionals RTW.
2. Install the Microsoft Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell with these steps:
○ Open an administrator-level PowerShell command prompt
○ Run the command:
Get your credentials and connect:
Connect-MsolService -Credential $creds
Get-MsolDomain (to confirm if you are connected to the right tenant)
Note: If your account is 2FA enabled, just use the command: Connect-MsolService and then enter your credentials and 2FA authentication.
I would also highly recommend changing the window title, especially if you connect to multiple tenants. This reduces the chances of making a change on the wrong tenant!
If you also want to manage Skype Online:
Download and install the Skype for Business Online Connector module.
To connect to Skype Online:
$SkypeSession = New-CsOnlineSession -Credential $creds
Get-CsExternalUserCommunicationPolicy (to test)
To connect to Exchange Online:
get-mailbox (to test and verify which tenant you are connected to Skype)
If you need to use your proxy with remote PSSessions, connect as follows:
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $creds -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection -SessionOption $proxyOptions
Note: If you have MFA enabled you need to install the old Exchange PowerShell module, see here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/exchange/exchange-online/connect-to-exchange-online-powershell/mfa-connect-to-exchange-online-powershell?view=exchange-ps
To connect to the Security& Compliance center:
$SccSession = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://ps.compliance.protection.outlook.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $creds -Authentication "Basic" -AllowRedirection
Import-PSSession $SccSession -Prefix cc
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://ps.compliance.protection.outlook.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $creds -Authentication Basic –AllowRedirection
Get-RetentionCompliancePolicy (to test)
See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/enterprise/powershell/connect-to-office-365-powershell and https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/enterprise/powershell/manage-skype-for-business-online-with-office-365-powershell for more information.