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Set up the SharePoint Online Management Shell Windows PowerShell environment

Published: July 16, 2012

Summary: Learn how to set up the SharePoint Online Management Shell so global administrators can access Windows PowerShell 3.0 cmdlets.

Applies to:  SharePoint Online 

SharePoint Online global administrators use the SharePoint Online Management Shell to remotely manage site collections, upgrade site collections to a new version, configure SharePoint Online company-level settings, and get logs from data connections between SharePoint Online and other services through Business Connectivity Services.

Set up the SharePoint Online Management Shell environment for SharePoint Online global administrators

Perform the following:

  1. Install Windows PowerShell 3.0 from Windows Management Framework 3.0.

  2. Install the SharePoint Online Management Shell from the Microsoft Download Center.

  3. Click Start>All Programs>SharePoint Online Management Shell.

  4. Run Connect-SPOService. For example, Connect-SPOService -Url https://contoso-admin.sharepoint.com -credential admin@contoso.com, where:

    • Url is the URL of the SharePoint Online Administration Center.

    • Credential is the user name to which you want to grant access to the SharePoint Online Administration Center site.

  5. Try it out! For example, run Get-SPOSite to get a list of all sites.

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