How to connect to Exchange Online PowerShell

To execute PowerShell cmdlets to perform the required operations in Exchange Online environment, it is imperative to connect Exchange Online PowerShell. Mentioned below is a sample script to connect to your Exchange Online organization using PowerShell; username and password of an account with relevant permissions must be entered for successful connection.

Powershell script

$password = ConvertTo-SecureString "********" -AsPlainText -Force
$Cred = New-Object System.Management.Automation.PSCredential
("USERNAME@DOMAIN.onmicrosoft.com", $password)
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri
https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $Cred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
Import-PSSession $Session -AllowClobber
#Always make sure to remove PSSession
Remove-PSSession $Session

The need to connect Exchange Online PowerShell to your session arises only to manage and report on Exchange Online environment using PowerShell. But there's an option to manage not just Exchange Online organizations but also AD, Office 365, Exchange Server, and more without having to download Microsoft Exchange Online PowerShell module - ADManager Plus.

The efficient and effective alternative to PowerShell

ADManager Plus, a unified AD, Office 365 and Exchange management and reporting solution, enables you to manage and report on multiple platforms from a single console, with completely GUI-based, scripting free actions. It also offers purpose-built management features and reports to cater to every important aspect of AD, Office 365 and Exchange management and reporting. There is absolutely no need to import Exchange Online PowerShell module, connect Exchange Online PowerShell or connect to Office 365 PowerShell from your machine to manage Exchange Online organizations.

Advantages of ADManager Plus over PowerShell

  • All-inclusive scripting-free, unified console: ADManager Plus, unlike PowerShell makes it possible to manage and report on AD, Office 365, Exchange Server, G Suite, Skype for Business, and more, all from an all-in-one web-based console, with point and click actions. . No more struggling with scripting, multiple consoles, CLIs, tools, etc.
  • Purpose-built management features: Be it AD, Office 365 or Exchange, ADManager Plus offers predefined task templates which allow you to:
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    • Create Exchange mailboxes, assign mailbox policies, manage Exchange features such as OWA, OMA or ActiveSync, etc.
    • Create Office 365 users, manage licenses, and more.

    In fact, these built-in management features allow you to manage objects and accounts in multiple platforms, in bulk, with purely GUI-based actions.

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