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[Tool] Create and Configure Active Directory and Office 365 Users at Once.

[Tool] Create and Configure Active Directory and Office 365 Users at Once.

One of the things IT Administrators look to automate first is the new user creation process. I recently was going through the process of creating a new hires Active Directory login, Office 365 mailbox, and their Office 365 user account, and I wondered how I could make the process easier and quicker.

My focus was geared towards Managed Service Providers (MSP’s), Human Resource (HR) departments and general Help Desk Technicians. For MSP’s I wanted to create a tool that they could easily use across all of their clients because they may not spend the time to automate new user creations … Read the rest...

Create an Interactive HTML Report for Office 365 with PowerShell

Create an Interactive HTML Report for Office 365 with PowerShell

From time to time you may get clients or even managers requesting reports about their Office 365 environment. Another popular reason to compile a report on an Office 365 tenant would be when you take over a new client and you are auditing their environment trying to figure out what exactly is going on.

Click here to view the report as we go through it.

Using the PowerShell module “ReportHTML“, we can create beautiful and interactive HTML reports. Below I will walk you through a report I spent some time creating that includes tabs, charts, data tables and … Read the rest...

Office 365 Report Using Excel COM Interface with PowerShell

Office 365 Report Using Excel COM Interface with PowerShell

I set out to explore a way to generate a nice, multi-sheet, Office 365 report that I could give to end-user’s or Office Manager’s using PowerShell. Unfortunately, I read about the Excel COM interface before reading about the Excel PowerShell module created by Doug Finke. If you are starting from scratch, I would recommend reading up on the PowerShell Module instead of going the COM route as it’s a easier to use that the Excel COM Interface. Regardless, I finished my PowerShell script and wanted to share it for others to use.

Pre-requisites

Not a lot of pre-reqs for this … Read the rest...

Auto License Office 365 Migration Users Prior to Completing the Migration

Auto License Office 365 Migration Users Prior to Completing the Migration

When doing a migration to Office 365, one of the final steps prior to “flipping” the user in the migration batches, is to make sure to properly license them so once they flip they get an Exchange Online mailbox. One of the issues you will come across is you will have more users in Office 365 than you are migrating. This is very common because some users may not need Exchange services but may need other Office 365 offerings such as OneDrive, SharePoint, etc. This also happens when you use ADConnect to sync on-premise Active Directory users to Office 365 … Read the rest...

Email Users If Their Active Directory Password is set to Expire Soon

Email Users If Their Active Directory Password is set to Expire Soon

In this article I will show you how PowerShell can automatically send an e-mail notification to end users when their Active Directory password is set to expire soon. I looked over several other similar scripts on TechNet but ended up writing one from scratch to incorporate several features I needed, as well as improve on the overall script flow.

Some of the requirements I needed to meet were as follows:

  1. Get users email addresses from the Email Address value in Active Directory, if it’s empty look at the default address in the proxyaddresses attribute
  2. Send E-mail to users with passwords
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[Function] Export Report of Unused Office 365 Licenses Across Multiple Tenants or a Single Tenant Using Friendly License Names

[Function] Export Report of Unused Office 365 Licenses Across Multiple Tenants or a Single Tenant Using Friendly License Names

Even if a license is not assigned to an Exchange Online object does not mean it’s not being charged back to the tenant. If you work for a MSP or IT Consultant you may want to audit your clients Office 365 tenant for any licenses that are not assigned so they are not paying for licenses that they do not need.

While looking up ways to accomplish this task I came across this script from GCITS. If you have never read any of GCITS’s knowledge-base write ups I recommend you start following their blog posts as they have some of … Read the rest...

Connect to the Microsoft Graph API with PowerShell

Connect to the Microsoft Graph API with PowerShell

The Microsoft Graph API is a REST API provided by Microsoft for integrating and managing Office 365 Exchange Online, OneDrive for Business, and Azure AD. It allows for application developers to integrate their apps with those Microsoft Services. Management of the environment is also possible but requires understanding of OAuth and REST.¹

By using the PowerShell module PSMSGraph we can interact with the Graph API in a more PowerShell friendly way. The MSMSGraph module is an API wrapper. It seeks to take the “foreign” concepts of REST and OAuth and make them accessible and usable in PowerShell. This module strives … Read the rest...

Remotely Install Office ProPlus / Update Office Configuration on Client Computers with PowerShell

Remotely Install Office ProPlus / Update Office Configuration on Client Computers with PowerShell

There are some immediate perks for using PowerShell to either install an application on remote computers or update an applications configuration remotely. In this post I will do several things, Install Office 365 ProPlus to a remote computer, and update the configuration of Office 365 ProPlus on the remote machine, having it go from the Monthly channel to the Semi-Annual channel and also removing groove.exe and lync.exe (Skype for Business).

When updating the configuration the install is silent and the EULA is accepted by setting <Display Level=“None” AcceptEULA=“TRUE”/>.  When you set FORCEAPPSHUTDOWN to false, … Read the rest...

Get Friendly License Name for all Users in Office 365 Using PowerShell

Get Friendly License Name for all Users in Office 365 Using PowerShell

When you want to look up a users license in Office 365 using PowerShell you are presented with a unfriendly Sku. Sometimes the Sku and the actual license name are similar but sometime it’s hard to distinguish the name from the Sku.

Using a hash table we can convert the Sku to its friendly name an have PowerShell do a lookup.

The script will first lookup all users that are currently licensed so it does not attempt to look up a null value. It will then go through each licensed user, take all of their licenses and put it in … Read the rest...