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PowerShell for Office 365

By : Martin Machado
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PowerShell for Office 365

By: Martin Machado

Overview of this book

While most common administrative tasks are available via the Office 365 admin center, many IT professionals are unaware of the real power that is available to them below the surface. This book aims to educate readers on how learning PowerShell for Offi ce 365 can simplify repetitive and complex administrative tasks, and enable greater control than is available on the surface. The book starts by teaching readers how to access Offi ce 365 through PowerShell and then explains the PowerShell fundamentals required for automating Offi ce 365 tasks. You will then walk through common administrative cmdlets to manage accounts, licensing, and other scenarios such as automating the importing of multiple users,assigning licenses in Office 365, distribution groups, passwords, and so on. Using practical examples, you will learn to enhance your current functionality by working with Exchange Online, and SharePoint Online using PowerShell. Finally, the book will help you effectively manage complex and repetitive tasks (such as license and account management) and build productive reports. By the end of the book, you will have automated major repetitive tasks in Office 365 using PowerShell.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Why do we need to learn PnP PowerShell?

In this ever-changing technology landscape, we should always ask this question while learning something new. Why do I need to learn this? Is it worth investing time and effort in this topic?

Microsoft has already provided cmdlets to manage SharePoint Online for administrative tasks in Office 365, for example, to create a site collection, to delete/remove site collections, adding users, creating groups, and so on. The PnP PowerShell cmdlets are complementary to the SharePoint Online cmdlets. I think the PnP PowerShell cmdlets are developer-focused and provide the means to manage artifacts in SharePoint, such as lists, views, fields, content types, upload files, and so on.

Right now with the June 2017 release, there are more than 150 cmdlets available and the team is working to constantly add new cmdlets. Some cmdlets are duplicated, such as creating site collections and deleting site collections. We have covered PnP PowerShell briefly in Chapter 5, Managing...