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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

Using Windows Credential Manager with PnP PowerShell

If you are managing multiple site collections in single Office 365 tenant or multiple Office 365 tenants, then getting a prompt for credentials every time you would like to connect to SharePoint Online is a bit annoying and also slows down you a bit. If you are using the script, you could hardcode the credentials in your PowerShell script. However, this is not secure and is not the recommended way.

The PnP PowerShell module supports Windows Credential Manager, which helps you securely manage and use the credentials in scripts and PowerShell sessions.

To use the Windows Credential Manager, use the following steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Select Credential Manager:
  1. Select Add a generic credential:
  1. There are two approaches available:
    • URL-based approach: Internet or network address--enter the URL of the site you would like to set up the credentials for. Enter the username and password in the User name and Password fields:

The following command depicts...