Category Archives: Powershell

Script to move bulk users to Teams Only mode from On Premise Skype for Business Servers

When we enable Teams for Skype for Business Hybrid users the final stage of action is to move the actual on premise Skype for Business Account to Office 365 to make them to Teams only mode. As more organization are adopting the Microsoft Teams in a full fast track approach the last stage of migration is to move all the local accounts to Teams Only Mode.

This script will help in moving the users on batches to Teams Only Mode from an input csv file. It also provides the time taken to complete the batch on screen once the migration is completed.

Example below:

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Configure PowerShell in client PC to remotely manage Exchange server 2010/2013

Sometimes we might run into a situation where we need to perform admin tasks from a client PC where we do not have management tools installed in office location.

In those scenarios we can always connect to the Exchange Management shell and import all the modules from exchange through windows PowerShell.

By using this we can grant access  to the help desk team with only view only admin rights or recipient management rights on their PC without having the Exchange management tools installed so that they can view user mailbox settings and perform basic troubleshooting from their power shell.


The client PC must be a member of the domain Windows 7 or Windows 8 or minimum windows server 2008.

The client PC must have minimum Windows PowerShell 2.0 and no exchange management tools is required

The user for whom we are going to grant this access should be having local admin rights on his PC as well as  Admin rights on the Exchange Servers( You can give the user administrative roles , end user roles ,organizational management or recipient management according to your criteria)

Applies for Exchange 2010 and 2013

Go to start – Right click on windows power shell and click run as administrator.



Now we need to check if the PowerShell profile is created for the user who has logged into the PC  by running  $profile in powershell

Though it will display the below default path we need to check if the file actually resides.




Run the below command to check if the file exists in the location.

Test-Path $profile


By default the ps1 profile will not be created and that’s the reason it shows as false.

We need to create it by running the below command

New-Item -path $profile –Type File -Force


Now we can see the file is created.

Now open the file through PowerShell

Notepad.exe $profile



Now we need to establish a remote session to connect to Exchange server to import the commands. In order to do those add the following command

The first line of below command will help us to authenticate with the exchange server.

The second line to create a new session with specified exchange server

The third line to import all the pss session from that particular  server.

The last fourth and fifth are optional since I have set directory location in this client PC and command to view all value from all the Exchange Servers in entire forest.

Below is the command. Just copy ,paste the value in the powershell file and save .


$Credential = Get-credential

$session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri http://casservername/powershell -credential $credential

import-pssession $session

set-location c:\

set-adserversettings -viewentireforest $true





Now open the PowerShell with run as admin and will prompt you for credentials.



Once you have authenticated you will see the below screen which says you have successfully connected remotely with Exchange server.





We can create PowerShell ISE profile for this user as well which will be very useful and provide additional informational while typing any commands since  the help desk team might not be aware of Exchange commands.

Do the same procedure for creating PowerShell ISE profile

Go to start and run windows PowerShell ISE.



Opens the below window.



Type the same command to create profile for ise and click on Run Script Icon or press F5 button to execute.

New-Item -path $profile –Type File -Force




Now copy ,paste the same command as we did for PowerShell   file in the below location.



Now open Windows PowerShell.ISE and it will prompt for credentials and get connected to Exchange modules.

Below is an example of executing from PowerShell ISE which gives us suggestions while executing the commands in the command pane.

We have an option to choose our command and either Run, Insert or Copy the file in the script pane.

Note : The below option is available only from Windows PowerShell 3.0




We are done with connecting to Exchange through Client PC windows power shell.


Sathish Veerapandian


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