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Office 365 – How To Update Your Azure AD PowerShell Module

In my post “How to Stay Informed of Changes“, I covered some of the different information sources I use to keep track of changes in Office 365. Something I’ve since added to that list is the version release history page for the Azure Active Directory PowerShell Module. The page has an RSS feed which you can add to Outlook or your favorite RSS reader to get notified of updates.
The Azure AD PowerShell Module is something that is easy to forget about. You likely installed it when you first started working with Office 365 and may not have touched it since then.
It still connects, so why bother updating?

Why Update?

Obviously bug fixes are part of almost any update but with Office 365 even more important are the additions made to support new features. When you consider that the service side of Office 365 is always improving, it becomes critical that the connecting client components keep up with those changes. This is why you will see Microsoft stating that they only support versions of Office in mainstream support or that have been updated in the last 12 months.

Do I Need An Update?

Fortunately, Microsoft has started providing a nice little reminder that your PowerShell module is out of date. You’ve likely seen this little reminder when connecting to Azure AD:
There is a newer version of the Microsoft Online Services Module. Your current version will still work as expected, however the latest version can be downloaded at https://portal.microsoftonline.com.
Aside from the above warning, you can check your version against the version release page by running the following command:

(Get-Item C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules\MSOnline\Microsoft.Online.Administration.Automation.PSModule.dll).VersionInfo.FileVersion

Running The Update

Updating the module only takes a matter of minutes. Essentially just uninstall the current installation via “Programs and Features” and grab the appropriate link from the version release page.
After the update, you should be able to connect to Azure AD without the friendly warning message.

Summary

  • Watch the RSS feed on the version release page to get notified of updates.
  • New Office 365 features may require new versions of the Azure AD PowerShell module.
  • Updating takes only a few minutes.

 
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