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Managing Office 365 with Powershell

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A recent Office Blog highlights new resources for Managing Office 365 with Windows Powershell.  Powershell is an incredibly robust tool for managing your SharePoint, Lync, and Exchange environments. It was released around the 2010 product lines and most of us in the industry remember its predecessor, STSADM, for managing SharePoint 2007.  If you are new to Powershell, you’ll find the Windows Powershell for Beginners article extremely useful.
Microsoft has also published a really cool TechNet article and video titled “Six Reasons Why You Might Want to Use Windows Powershell to Manage Office 365” I love that Microsoft is publishing this sort of content. Even just a few years ago, it was really hard to get even technical information on products. TechNet started coming up to speed around 2010, but for those of us who remember trying to figure out SharePoint 2007 without it, this new content is a welcome improvement!
“At the moment, all we care about is introducing you to some of the ways that Windows PowerShell can complement and augment the Office 365 Admin center. And yes, we did say “complement and augment;” we didn’t say “dispose of.” People sometimes think that Windows PowerShell is an all-or-nothing proposition: either you use Windows PowerShell exclusively, or you don’t use Windows PowerShell at all. But that’s not true. Instead, you should use Windows PowerShell when it’s the fastest/easiest/most effective way to do something. (Or in some cases, when it’s the only way to do something.) And if Windows PowerShell isn’t the fastest/easiest/most effective way to do something? Here’s one suggestion: then don’t use it in those cases. It’s entirely up to you.”
I encourage you to check these out and watch the video below. If you have any questions, feel free to email me. We have a great deal of experience at Perficient deploying and managing Office 365 with Windows Powershell.

  1. Windows PowerShell Can Reveal “Hidden” Information Not Available in the Admin Center
  2. Office 365 has Features That You Can Only Configure by Using Windows PowerShell
  3. Windows PowerShell Excels at Carrying Out Bulk Operations
  4. Windows PowerShell is Great at Filtering Data
  5. Windows PowerShell Makes It Easy to Print or Save Data
  6. Windows PowerShell Lets You Do “Cross-Product” Management


Other useful resources:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/fp161388.aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/fp161372.aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/fp161364.aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/fp161397.aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn568036.aspx

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