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Office 365 Administration with ScriptRunner

The use of Office 365 in companies is becoming increasingly popular.

With the significant spread and use of Office 365 services for user management (Azure AD), messaging (Exchange Online and Skype for Business), collaboration (SharePoint Online) and other services such as Microsoft CRM, Microsoft ERP, etc., the requirements for administration are increasing enormously.

 
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Microsoft is pursuing two basic strategies for the administration of Office 365 services:
  • Point&Click administration via the web interface of Office 365, which is significantly reduced in scope and possibilities.
  • PowerShell administration with scripts for automation. All options are available here.

With ScriptRunner version 2016R2 Corporate Suite, support for Office 365 administrators has been noticeably expanded. Fast automation and secure delegation are the focus of the innovations.

Office 365 Service Endpoints as a target system

The management and administration of Office 365 using PowerShell is done via Service Endpoints. The service endpoints are addressed via corresponding PowerShell modules and connection configurations.

In ScriptRunner, Office 365 service endpoints can now be configured as a target system. Multiple service endpoints can also be combined into one target system. The settings in ScriptRunner Office 365 target systems combine both the connection configuration and the automatic handling with the appropriate PowerShell modules.

The advantage is that administrators do not have to worry about the connection and PowerShell session handling for the Office 365 Services endpoints. The PowerShell scripts remain lean and purely use case oriented.

Screenshot: Overview of the target systems in the ScriptRunner Admin App

Since ScriptRunner version 2016R2 Office 365 service endpoints can be configured as target systems

With version 2016R2, the following Office 365 services are supported:

  • Office 365 Azure Active Directory for users, groups and service management.
  • Exchange Online
  • SharePoint Online
  • Skype for Business Online
Screenshot: Target configuration wizard of an Office 365 target system

With version 2016R2 ScriptRunner supports various Office 365 Services as target system

A high level of security is ensured by the rights separation known from ScriptRunner. Appropriate administrative credentials can be assigned per service or per service combination. Subsequently, different actions can be executed with PowerShell scripts on the service endpoints.

Screenshot: Target configuration wizard of an Office 365 target system

Administrative credentials can be assigned per service or per service combination

Customized reporting

When actions are performed on an Office 365 service endpoint, the results can be tracked in detail in a report. Both information about the service endpoint and the administrative credential used are stored as part of the metadata.

Screenshot: Action report in the ScriptRunner Admin App

Information about the service endpoint and the administrative credential used is stored in the action report

Bulk actions for Office 365 multi-tenant services

Service providers in particular manage and support the Office 365 tenants of many customers. Many recurring tasks, such as regularly generating usage reports, comparing and adjusting configurations, etc., need to be performed and automated for all of these clients.

ScriptRunner provides the ability to run PowerShell actions on service endpoints in parallel on different Office 365 clients, such as reading and listing active users, assigned service licenses or for mailbox usage, Sharepoint site or library content, etc.

With Bulk Actions, service providers can work much more efficiently and productively, and also offer their customers a higher quality of service.

Screenshot: Overview of target systems in the ScriptRunner Admin App

Bulk Action allows you to perform actions on multiple service endpoints in parallel, Screenshot: Overview of target systems in the ScriptRunner Admin App

Screenshot: Detail view of Target

Screenshot: Overview of actions in the ScriptRunner Admin App

With one click, you can select the action for all previously defined target systems

Prerequisites

There are only a few steps required to automate Office 365 with PowerShell:

  • Deployment of the ScriptRunner Service Host
  • Installing the Office 365 PowerShell modules on the service host
  • Creating the administrative credentials in ScriptRunner
  • Configure the Office 365 service endpoints
  • Configuring actions for the appropriate use cases

To get started quickly, you can use the ScriptRunner ActionPack for Office 365, which we provide. Included are several scripts with which you can immediately start automating or delegating your processes.

 

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Want to learn more about how ScriptRunner can make your day-to-day administrative tasks easier and more efficient?

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