How to change Office 365 user licenses using PowerShell

The following is a comparison between changing licenses of Office 365 users with Windows PowerShell and ADManager Plus:

Windows PowerShell

Steps to change licenses of Office 365 users using PowerShell:

  • Identify the Office 365 tenant account from which you want to retrieve the report.
  • Identify the cmdlets you need for the action.
  • Compile the script.
  • Execute it in Windows PowerShell.

Sample Windows PowerShell script:

Get-MsolUser -all | Where {$_.Licenses.AccountSkuId -contains "your-tenant-name:EXCHANGESTANDARD_STUDENT"} | Set-MsolUserLicense -AddLicenses "your-tenant-name:STANDARDWOFFPACK_STUDENT" -RemoveLicenses "your-tenant-name:EXCHANGESTANDARD_STUDENT"
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ADManager Plus

Steps to change licenses for Office 365 users:

  • Select Office 365 -> License Management ->Assign/Remove licenses .
  • Select Replace licenses option, choose the desired license(s), and User Location from the drop down list.
  • Choose the Office 365 account and its users, and click Apply


Change Office 365 user licenses using ADManager Plus

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Following are the limitations to change licenses of Office 365 users using native tools like Windows PowerShell:

  • With additional filters, the script will get longer and more complicated.
  • Troubleshooting these scripts requires extensive AD and scripting expertise.

ADManager Plus can help you replace licenses of Office 365 users in a simple and intuitively designed UI.

Assign or remove Office 365 licenses for multiple accounts in one go with ADManager Plus.

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