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Q&A on the new Powershell commands for BPOS Migration

Q&A on the new Powershell commands for BPOS Migration

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In the just announced service release, you'll find a mention of the following powershell commands.

  •  Enable-MSOnlineUser
  • Get-MSOnlineSubscription
  • Set-MSOnlineUserPassword

Q: What do these do?

These can be used together or sepearlty to help manage a migration or adminster your accounts.

Typically, you would run Get-MSOnlineSubcrtption to return a a GUID associated with the type of liscneses available. This determines what kinds of services can be activated for users, then you use that GUID do Enable-MSOnlineUser. If you assign  an Exchange Online lisence the user will have a mailbox assigned. At the same time, one of the parameters allows you to set the password for the user. In addition, you can set the password later for any user with the Set-MSOnlineUserPassword script.

 Q: Why are these needed?

When you use directory synch to create users, users need to be activated before they can use mail or other services. This script provides an automated way of activating users and is faster than usin the admin console. Since it's a script, you can add code to intelligently scope the activation.

 In addition, when activating uses, you can set the password to a known or generated value and add code to have the user emailed about the activation.

Finally, the set password script allows a BPOS admin to change a users password from powershell rather than having to login to the admin center. Very handy.

Q: When can I use them?

The scripts willl be implemented in a new version of the Migration Tool which is scheduled to be shipped when the deoplyments are completed. This should be by the end of October at the latest.

 Q: Where can I get details on the syntax and use

When the migration tool is released, the scripts will have built in help that shows the syntax. We are planning on some demos and the like to be released soon. As a tip, you might want to check the Microsoft Online documentation as that could be udpated any time with details on the scripts.http://www.microsoft.com/resources/Technet/en-us/MSOnline/bpos/html/1843e98e-1c13-409d-8d56-c67f0cb87f5e.htm

Also, I might add that you can expect more powershell fun in the future.

Comments
  • What the heck is this?

    This actually got PUBLISHED?!!?!?!

    "sepeartly"?

    "lisence"?

    "synch"?

    "usin"?

    "deoplyments"?

    "udpated"?

    I can't believe the editors, let alone the AUTHOR, actually allowed anyone to read this. It's an absolute embarrassment for everyone involved, no matter how you look at it - the web-link at the end of the article isn't every hyperlinked.

    No matter whether you are a techie or writer or just an average dude, this looks absolutely stupid,

    and I'll tell you one thing for certain -

    I guarantee most if not all of the information here is just plain wrong.

    This is the worst piece of writing I've read in years. Turn in your pen "Brett Hill", because you are unquestionably NOT a writer. Its just not your thing.

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