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After you install the Exchange Online PowerShell module, you can connect to Exchange Online. Once you connect with Exchange Online PowerShell, you can use a single command or script to perform bulk operations and more. In this article, we will show you how to connect to Exchange Online using Windows PowerShel..
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Exchange Online PowerShell module
Let’s look at which Exchange Online PowerShell module version is installed on the machine and how to update the Exchange Online PowerShell module to the latest version.
Set PowerShell Execution Policy
To change the PowerShell Execution Policy, we must first run Windows PowerShell as administrator.
By default, the PowerShell console will not allow us to run a script. We can enable script execution by using the cmdlet Set-ExecutionPolicy.
To set the Execution policy, use the below PowerShell cmdlet.
You will see the following result on your screen. Press Y followed by Enter.
PS C:\> Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned Execution Policy Change The execution policy helps protect you from scripts that you do not trust. Changing the execution policy might expose you to the security risks described in the about_Execution_Policies help topic at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=135170. Do you want to change the execution policy? [Y] Yes [A] Yes to All [N] No [L] No to All [S] Suspend [?] Help (default is "N"): Y
Warning: You must close the PowerShell window and reopen it to save the changes and avoid errors.
Before we can connect to Exchange Online you must install the Exchange Online PowerShell module.
Check Exchange Online PowerShell module version
You can check if you have installed the Exchange Online PowerShell V3 module and see which version is running.
Use the below command in PowerShell to verify you have installed Exchange Online PowerShell.
Now you will see a list of all the installed modules and versions.
PS C:\> Get-InstalledModule Version Name Repository Description ------- ---- ---------- ----------- 3.1.0 ExchangeOnlineManagement PSGallery This is a General Availability (GA) release of the Exchange Online Powershell V3 module. Exchange Online cmdlets in this module are REST-backed and… 184.108.40.206 PackageManagement PSGallery PackageManagement (a.k.a. OneGet) is a new way to discover and install software packages from around the web…. 2.2.5 PowerShellGet PSGallery PowerShell module with commands for discovering, installing, updating and publishing the PowerShell artifacts like Modules, DSC Resources, Role Cap…
Update PowerShellGet module
You can always keep your PowerShell modules up to date and run the below command.
Connect to Exchange Online
Open Windows PowerShell as administrator and run the below cmdlet.
The sign in to your account window opens, where you choose your account and enter the password. Then click on Sign in.
If you have MFA enabled, you will get a verification code sent as a text message or to your Authentication app on your phone. If your MFA is disabled, you will not do anything here.
Now you must go back to the PowerShell window.
That’s it! You have successfully connected to Exchange Online.
Verify PowerShell connection
To verify that you are connected to Exchange Online, you can use Get-EXOMailbox cmdlet to check.
Open PowerShell as administrator and use the below cmdlet.
Get-EXOMailbox | ft UserPrincipalName,DisplayName
It will display a list of all the mailboxes in Microsoft 365.
PS C:\> Get-EXOMailbox | ft UserPrincipalName,DisplayName UserPrincipalName DisplayName ----------------- ----------- Zoe.Howard@exoip.com Zoë Howard Amanda.Morgan@exoip.com Amanda Morgan Amelia.Nash@exoip.com Amelia Nash Stephen.Hunter@exoip.com Stephen Hunter Carol.Baker@exoip.com Carol Baker Craig.Hansen@exoip.com Craig Hansen Curt.Berry@exoip.com Curt Berry
Disconnect Exchange Online
When you finish your session, you must disconnect from the remote PowerShell. It clears all the active sessions when using Exchange Online.
Use the below cmdlet to disconnect from Exchange Online PowerShell.
You will get the notification text below. To confirm, press Y and then press Enter.
PS C:\> Disconnect-ExchangeOnline Running this cmdlet clears all active sessions created using Connect-ExchangeOnline or Connect-IPPSSession. Press(Y/y/A/a) if you want to continue. [Y] Yes [A] Yes to All [N] No [L] No to All [S] Suspend [?] Help (default is "Y"): Y
Or use the below cmdlet to disconnect from Exchange Online PowerShell without a confirmation text.
You have successfully managed to connect to Exchange Online Powershell. You must install the Exchange Online PowerShell module before you connect with Exchange Online. We recommend you check which module version you have and update it to the latest version. Lastly, remember to disconnect Exchange Online when you finish.
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