Office 365 updated to allow Lync Online remote scripting and automation

Office 365 updated to allow Lync Online remote scripting and automation

Summary: Microsoft's online suite Office 365 has been updated to allow remote scripting and automation of the communication service Lync Online using PowerShell.


Office 365 has been updated to allow management of the Lync Online communication service to be remotely automated using PowerShell scripting.

The update will allow Office 365 admins to use the command shell and scripting language to remotely control instances of Lync Online, as an alternative to using the Lync admin centre GUI.

Microsoft said PowerShell scripting would be most useful for automating tasks that need to be repeated many times for individual users.

"With PowerShell, you can write a script with the appropriate cmdlets to automate this repetitive task and save yourself a lot of time," Microsoft wrote on the Office 365 technology blog.

PowerShell also introduces new management capabilities that are not available through the Lync Online admin centre, with Microsoft giving the example of managing Exchange Unified Messaging, hosted voicemail policies.

Exchange Online PowerShell cmdlets can also extend the capabilities of Lync Online reports beyond those available in Office 365 admin centre to include data such as active users and AV conference minutes.

For more information, check the Lync Online remote PowerShell documentation here.

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Topics: Cloud, Enterprise 2.0


Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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  • Once again, MS is in a dreamworld

    Part of the appeal of Microsoft products was that they had a good GUI to admin them. Now, instead of going for an either/or solution, they are creating instances where you can't do things via the GUI.

    If you have to do everything via the command line, then someone please explain why anyone should bother with a Microsoft product at all? Might as well deploy your favorite Linux variant and go from there.