We get asked the same question many times…What can I do with 365 Command to manage my Organization’s Microsoft Office 365 Cloud better?

The answer is that there many things you can do with 365 Command to improve how you manage your Organization’s Microsoft Office 365 Cloud.

Here are a few of my favorites….

  • Simplify Microsoft Office 365™ Cloud Management
    Faster, easier, and less error prone administration
    Set-up Cloud Users
    Manage Cloud Users
    Remove Cloud Users
    Set-up Cloud Mailboxes
    Manage Cloud Mailboxes
    Manage OneDrive
    Manage SharePoint Online
    Role Based Administration Management

Faster, Easier, and Less Error Prone Administration
Simplified Management Tool for Your Microsoft Office 365™ Cloud
Take command of your Microsoft Office 365™cloud to reduce administrative risk
You’ll benefit from the reduced complexity of performing common Office 365 administrative tasks. Manage your organization’s Office 365 cloud access, permissions & settings for users, mailboxes, OneDrive, SharePoint Online and more has never been easier.

Set Up 365 Command Account
Free trial
Connect to Office 365 Admin account

Set-up Cloud Users
Quickly Create New User Accounts in Office 365
Ability to Set Passwords (with options for never expire)

Manage Office 365 Cloud Users
Assign Licenses to Existing Accounts
Reset Passwords
Change user’s name on Federated User Accounts
Group Management from the user account
Easily Change Mailbox Permissions
Forward Mail to an Alternate Mailbox

Remove Cloud Users
Remove Accounts
Remove Licenses
Export Mailbox to a PST file

Set-up Microsoft Office 365 Cloud Mailboxes
Create custom templates to automatically assign common settings to mailboxes after creation
Set up Mailboxes
Create a Shared mailbox

Manage Microsoft Office 365 Cloud Mailboxes
Edit Mailbox Permissions (Send As, Full Mailbox Access)
Edit Mailbox Folder Permissions (Reviewer, Editor, Owner, etc)
Group Membership Modification
Convert Mailboxes to Shared, Room, or Resources
View ‘Member Of’ Information (see what groups the various objects are a ‘Member Of’)

Manage OneDrive for Microsoft Office 365
Provision
Settings
Documents

Manage SharePoint Online for Microsoft Office 365
Manage My Site Settings
Edit List Permissions
Edit Site Permissions
Create a SharePoint Template
Edit Document Library Permissions
Configure SharePoint Access

Role Based Administration Management
Create users which can only access certain areas of the 365 Command site
Granular Access Control
Create Role-Based Access to Administrative Functions
Access controls allow organizations to limit what functions users of 365 Command can perform

Set Up 365 Command Account
Free trial
Connect to Office 365 Admin account

Set-up Cloud Users
Quickly Create New User Accounts in Office 365
The Create New User option allows for the creation of new user accounts, with a license, in Office 365. (Same functionality exists in Microsoft’s Admin portal, but it’s a very common task we felt we should have in 365 Command)
You can assign licenses to existing accounts through the Office 365 Users screen by clicking the Licenses tab on the user. (Same functionality exists in Microsoft’s Admin portal, but it’s a very common task we felt we should have in 365 Command)

Ability to Set Passwords (with options for never expire)

Manage Cloud Users
Assign Licenses to Existing Accounts
Reset Passwords
Instead of just resetting the password to a random value and requiring it to be changed at first login (behavior of Microsoft’s Office 365 portal), 365 Command gives you the ability to choose the password, set whether it must be changed at first login, and set whether or not it ever expires. Additionally the same settings can be applied to multiple users at once, giving them all the same password, if so desired.
During migrations it is sometimes necessary to reset all users passwords to the same value. Typically this would require a PowerShell script, but it’s possible in 365 with a couple clicks.

Change user’s name on Federated User Accounts
In certain scenarios (Directory Sync with or without Active Directory Federation Services) changing a user’s login name can be challenging due to the need to run PowerShell commands. 365 Command provides an easy to use interface which runs the Powershell commands behind the scenes.

Group Management from the user account
Within the native Office 365 Administration tools, if you want to add or remove users from a group, the modification must be done on the group. So if you wanted to add a user to several groups you’d have to go to each group and add the user. With this feature in 365 Command, you can simply go to the user object and add/remove them to multiple groups at the same time.

Easily Change Mailbox Permissions
Forward Mail to an Alternate Mailbox

Remove Cloud Users
Remove Accounts
Remove Licenses

Export Mailbox to a PST file

Mailbox Templates allow you to apply common settings to groups of mailboxes after they have been created in a single step. Once a template has been created, you can easily apply the settings contained in it to new users in the future. The current list of settings that can be applied are:

Set Password to Never Expire
Set Mailbox Quota
Disable Mailbox Access Methods
Apply Mailbox Retention Policy
Set Mailbox Timezone
Set Mailbox Language
Enable Archiving on the Mailbox
Enable Mailbox Access Auditing
Enable Litigation Hold and optionally Set the Duration

Set-up Cloud Mailboxes
Create custom templates to automatically assign common settings to mailboxes after creation.
Templates give 365 Command administrators the ability to automatically assign properties to mailboxes after creation. Settings include quota size, archive, litigation hold, time zone, language, mailbox access methods, password options, and mailbox auditing. As an example, let’s say all your users are in the Eastern Standard Time Zone and you want to enable Litigation Hold with a 5 year duration on all new users. You could create a mailbox template which defines the time zone (preventing the user from getting prompted in OWA at first login) and also setting the litigation hold duration without having to go into PowerShell or run a script.

Set up Mailboxes
Create a Shared Mailbox
In the previous version of Office 365 this required PowerShell, but Microsoft has since built the functionality into their GUI. We have extended the functionality a bit, by allowing the administrator to create the shared mailbox, and create a security group which controls access to the shared mailbox at the same time. This creation of the group saves the admin several steps compared to Microsoft’s portal.

Manage Cloud Mailboxes
Edit Mailbox Permissions (Send As, Full Mailbox Access)
The previous release of Office 365 required that administrators run PowerShell commands to set Full Access and Send As rights on mailboxes…two very common tasks. While Microsoft has filled that gap in the newest release of Office 365, this screen still gets a lot of use. The capability to grant people read-only access to the mailbox.
Edit Mailbox Folder Permissions (Reviewer, Editor, Owner, etc)
The setting of folder level permissions with in a mailbox has typically been done through Outlook. Folder level permissions are most commonly used for controlling who can do what with your calendar, but they are used in other ways. Using 365 Command, administrators can set folder level permissions on mailboxes without having to go through Outlook or run PowerShell commands.

Group Membership Modification
Convert Mailboxes to Shared, Room, or Resources
Converting mailboxes between different types (full,shared,resource) requires the administrator to run PowerShell commands. 365 Command provides an easy to use interface which allows easy conversion of the mailboxes.
View ‘Member Of’ Information (see what groups the various objects are a ‘Member Of’)
Set Mailbox Forwarder
In the previous version of Office 365 this was somewhat difficult to accomplish, but in the latest release it’s a lot easier.