Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Windows PowerShell
For now, if you are not familiar with what Windows PowerShell is, it is a non-GUI,
command-line environment where you can either script a series of commands or issue the
commands verbosely to make configuration changes. Windows PowerShell is built on the
.NET Framework. Not only is it the management tool of choice for Office 365, it is also the
direction for all Microsoft technologies. For example, in the latest release of Office 365,
Exchange Server 2013 on premises and Exchange Online both will no longer have the
Exchange Management Console (EMC). Exchange 2013 and Exchange Online will be
managed through a browser-based GUI called the Exchange Control Panel (ECP), through
Windows PowerShell, or with the EMC on an Exchange 2010 SP3 Client Access Server (CAS).
Windows PowerShell commands are known as commandlets, more popularly referred to
as cmdlets for short. Cmdlets are, in turn, organized by modules that are specific to a set of
workloads. Windows PowerShell is built to be modular so you can load only the modules
that you need. For example, by loading the AD module, your Windows PowerShell
environment will have access to the cmdlets that can manage AD. Likewise, for Office 365 there is
the Microsoft Online Services Module, and this consists of the cmdlets to manage Office
INSIDE OUT What is Windows PowerShell remoting?
You might sometimes hear that Office 365 administration is being carried out through
Windows PowerShell remoting. What this means is simply that the Windows PowerShell
cmdlets are being executed remotely from your workstation to affect changes to the
Office 365 services located remotely in Microsoft data centers. You are not running the
Windows PowerShell scripts directly from the servers themselves.
These are the two Windows PowerShell tools we have in our toolkit that you need to, at a
minimum, also have in yours:
Microsoft Online Services Module
Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) 3.0
The next two sections walk you through downloading, installing, and learning how to use
these tools. After you have gone through the process, you will be ready to use these tools
to complete the exercises in the book and to administer your Office 365 tenant.
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