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Many people use the Windows Task Scheduler to run PowerShell scripts. The Task Scheduler works, but it creates a dependency on a specific workstation and isn't as secure as you might like. Running Microsoft 365 PowerShell scripts in Azure Automation is a much better idea. It's time to dump the Task Scheduler!
Most Microsoft 365 user accounts don't need access to Exchange Online PowerShell. It's an administrative tool that end users don't get much value from. In this article, we explore the best way to disable Exchange Online PowerShell using a script that can run interactively or as a scheduled Azure Automation runbook (the best way for automatic management).
Many PowerShell scripts written to automate operations in Microsoft 365 tenants fetch Azure AD users or mailboxes to process. In this article, we explain how to fetch user objects effectively by using filters to make sure that scripts process the right set of accounts or mailboxes.
Microsoft has long been asked to support guest account expiration, just like the functionality available for on-premises Active Directory accounts. Engineering priorities have not allowed the developers to work on the feature, but it's possible to do the job with PowerShell as we explain here.
It's good to put a face on Azure AD Guest Accounts by updating the accounts with thumbnail photos. This article explains how to approach the process of gathering suitable photos and uploading them to Azure AD. We also discuss how to speed up the process by finding guest accounts that are missing photos so that the script can focus on those accounts.
A Graph API is available to extract details of the sensitivity labels assigned to SharePoint Online documents. This article explores how to extract the information from files in a document library and use it to create a report. The nice thing is that once you have the data, you can slice and dice it any way you wish in Excel, Power BI, or whatever tool you prefer.
Unfortunately, Exchange mailbox databases don’t shrink, and the last thing you want is your server running out of disk space. In this blog, we explore how to monitor your Exchange mailbox database size and available new mailbox space through PowerShell.
Microsoft actively develops Azure AD external identities and doesn't do much with mail contacts. Maybe it's a good idea to migrate mail contacts to Azure AD guest accounts. This article explores what's involved in moving mail contacts over to Azure AD guest accounts using PowerShell.
PowerShell is an important tool for any Microsoft 365 Admin – particularly in larger environments. In this article, Sean McAvinue outlines some key tools and concepts to help tenant admins build a ‘toolbox’ for PowerShell to make almost any scripting task easier and more robust.
In the third and final article in a series covering Git-based Source Control for Microsoft 365 Tenant Admins, Andy Schnieder covers how to leverage tools to streamline your workflow with Git and gain insight into some useful advanced techniques.
Many Microsoft 365 and Exchange Server logs contain IP addresses. To find out where the IP addresses come from and if they are internal or external, PowerShell developers can use online web-based geolocation services. It's important not to overuse the services because you could be throttled.
Sensitivity labels support local language values, meaning that you can translate the display name and tooltip for labels so that they appear in the language chosen by a user. Most people don't both because it's painfully slow to insert the translated strings for multiple languages. However, when you apply a mixture of PowerShell and the Microsoft Translator service, the task becomes so much easier.