It’s common to find a requirement to create new Microsoft 365 accounts with PowerShell. We’re at a point of transition when the old method of using the Azure AD module will switch to the Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK or Graph API queries. In this article, we explain how to create new accounts and assign licenses with both the Azure AD module and the Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK.
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Microsoft has announced a six month extension for support of the Azure AD Graph API. The new deadline is the end of 2022, which gives Microsoft 365 tenants some extra time to convert PowerShell scripts which use the Azure AD and MSOL modules. The original deadline for retirement of the Azure AD license management cmdlets remains at June 30, 2022.
The Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK is a good way to execute Microsoft Graph API queries from PowerShell scripts. In this article, we explain how to use cmdlets from the SDK with a Azure Automation runbook. The example we use is a script to send a welcome email to new employees.
As many organizations adapt legacy scripts to use app authentication instead of traditional service account credentials, security can be compromised if certain risks are overlooked. While app secrets can be great for testing code, there’s a reason they have an enforced expiry date – the longer a secret exists in production, the higher the risk it will become compromised. The methods described in this article will help build a good foundation for app authentication while keeping security top of mind when creating or updating automation scripts.
Attack Simulations are Microsoft’s foray into a crowded field of competitors who provide a service that trains users to recognize dangerous email with simulated Phishing or malware-infested messages. Microsoft has continually added features and functionality since they released Attack Simulations, including additional simulation types, different payloads, custom payloads, customizable training and more. The most recent upgrades are RBAC permissions and end user notifications. These two additions to Attack Simulation Training are a great incentive to deploy and adopt this functionality, as End User communications are the key enhancement that make this feature worthwhile for an organization.