How to use SharePoint Online Management Shell

This SharePoint Online tutorial, we will discuss how to use the SharePoint Online management shell to connect to SharePoint Online sites.

We will see how to set up SharePoint 2013 Online Management Shell to connect to SharePoint online sites.

If you directly try to connect to a SharePoint online site from your local SharePoint 2013 management shell, you may receive the below error message.

Connect-SPOService: The term ‘Connect-SPOService’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program.

Download and Install SharePoint Online Management Shell

Follow the below step to set up the environment:

Once SharePoint Online management shell installation is over, search for SharePoint Online Management Shell. This will open your management shell through which you can connect to your SharePoint online sites.

You can run the below command to connect to the SharePoint Online site from SharePoint Online Management Shell.

Connect-SPOService -Url https://onlysharepoint2013-admin.sharepoint.com/ -credential Bijay@OnlySharePoint2013.onmicrosoft.com

Here https://onlysharepoint2013-admin.sharepoint.com/ is my SharePoint Online Administration Center.

Once you run the command it will ask you for a password.

Then you can run the Get-SPOSite which will display all your sites.

Connect through Windows PowerShell ISE

You can open your Windows PowerShell ISE in admin mode and can write commands like below:

Import-Module Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.Powershell -Verbose
Connect-SPOService -Url https://onlysharepoint2013-admin.sharepoint.com/ -credential Bijay@OnlySharePoint2013.onmicrosoft.com

Get-SPOSite

Then it will display results like below:

how to use SharePoint Online Management Shell

Sometimes if it gives errors like:

Connect-SPOService: The term ‘Connect-SPOService’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program.

You can try writing like below:

Import-Module Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.Powershell -Verbose

or

Import-Module Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell -DisableNameChecking

You may like following SharePoint Online PowerShell tutorials:

This SharePoint tutorial, we learned how to download and install the SharePoint Online management shell, also we saw how to connect to SharePoint Online sites from SharePoint Online management shell.

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Bijay Kumar

I am Bijay from Odisha, India. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies in Bangalore, India. I am Microsoft Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVP (5 times). I works in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, SharePoint Online Office 365 etc. Check out My MVP Profile.. I also run popular SharePoint web site SharePointSky.com

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