Patrick Lamber
Patrick Lamber IT Geek focusing on Microsoft collaboration software.

Connect to Exchange Online through PowerShell

Exchange Online PowerShell allows you to manage your Exchange Online settings from the command line. As a SharePoint administrator, I usually need the commands that allow me to manager Office 365 Unified Groups and settings.

How do I connect to Exchange Online without MFA?

The connection to Exchange Online can be performed by a Global Administrator, Exchange Online administrator, Service Desk administrator with a different set of permissions. If your administrative accounts are not secured with MFA (multi-factor authentication), you could start an Exchange Online session with the following code snippet.

How do I connect to Exchange Online with MFA?

As a good administrator, we know that our administrative accounts should be properly secured with MFA (no pun intended :)). Unfortunately, the PowerShell snippet above does not support multi-factor authentication. Luckily there is a dedicated Exchange Online PowerShell Module that supports multi-factor authentication. You can access the latest version of the module by following these steps:

  • go to https://admin.portal.com
  • go to the Exchange Online admin portal and click on the Hybrid menu
  • click on configure to download the click-once application required to get the necessary PowerShell module
  • connect through the Connect-EXOPSSession command in that module

Can I run the Exchange Online PowerShell Module in a separate PowerShell session?

For most of you going to the admin portal every time you want to start a new Exchange Online Powershell session might be annoying. There is a way, to run the Exchange Online PowerShell Module once downloaded with the steps above with this code snippet.

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