The many commercial administrator users of Office 365 have had to use the browser-based admin center to control aspects of Lync Online. However, there are admins who want to use the old fashioned command-line interface that have been available for Windows PowerShell users for some time in Lync Online.
Today, Microsoft announced a new option for Lync Online, allowing admins to use remote PowerShell functions in the application. While both the PowerShell features and the Lync Online admin center can handle the same kinds of remote functions, Microsoft points out there could be certain situations where typing a PowerShell command-line script would be the best choice. The blog states:
For example, if you had to set policies for hundreds of individual users, it would be quite repetitive and tedious to select the options one by one in the Office 365 admin center. With PowerShell, you can write a script with the appropriate cmdlets to automate this repetitive task and save yourself a lot of time.
In addition, there are a few extra functions that are available for PowerShell users that cannot be accessed from the web-based Lync Online admin center, such as managing Exchange Unified Messaging and hosted voicemail policies and managing meeting room endpoint devices with a Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 resource mailbox.
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