If you are new to SharePoint or managing a small organization, you can use the SharePoint admin center. But the admin center is not suitable if you want to automate the process or manage a large organization. In that case, PowerShell is the only option. To manage SharePoint Online through PowerShell, install SharePoint Online Management Shell and connect to the SharePoint Online service.
To install the SharePoint Online PowerShell module, open the Windows PowerShell in administrator mode and install the module using the following cmdlet.
Install-Module -Name Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell
If you don’t have administrator privilege on the system, run the cmdlet with –Scope param. For example,
Install-Module -Name Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell -Scope CurrentUser
Now, the SharePoint Online Management Shell module is installed and ready to use.
To check the version of the module, run the following cmdlet.
Get-Module -Name Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell -ListAvailable
The ‘Connect-SPOService’ cmdlet is used to connect the SharePoint Online services. Before connecting to the SPO service, ensure that you have imported the SharePoint Online PowerShell module to avoid the following error: ‘Connect-SPOService is not recognized as a cmdlet’
To import SharePoint Online PowerShell module, execute the below cmdlet.
To create SharePoint Online PowerShell session, run the following cmdlet.
Connect-SPOService -Url htttps://<OrganizationName>-admin.sharepoint.com
OrganizationName must be required to connect SPO service. For example, organization name is ‘Contoso’ for email@example.com.
You can also use the above format to connect to SharePoint Online PowerShell with MFA enabled accounts.
Once you connect, execute the required SharePoint Online PowerShell cmdlets such as Get-SPOSite, Get-SPOGroup, etc.
To close the SharePoint Online session, run the below cmdlet
Note: As you know, we can also manage SharePoint Online through the PnP PowerShell module.
At last, we’ve successfully connected to SharePoint Online via PowerShell. While PowerShell is highly beneficial, admins who value their time look for the best Microsoft 365 reporting tools in the market.
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