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The Office 365 deployment assistant is a great tool to assist with deploying and configuring an Office 365 migration. Several steps require PowerShell work and you can use PowerShell deployed locally on an on-premises server to configure Office 365 remotely. This is very convenient but holds a little gotcha.

The Microsoft instructions for connecting remotely to an Office 365 installation include the following commands:

$LiveCred = Get-Credential

$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri -Credential $LiveCred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection

Import-PSSession $Session

While it is true that these commands will create the remote session, after running the last command you will see a long list of cmdlets that were not redirected to the remote session. That is because those commands are already defined for the local session. This list is especially long if using PowerShell on an Exchange server which is typical since the configuration involves a mix of local and remote steps.

In order to be to use the commands that are duplicated in the cloud, there are two options.

First, you could use the following addition to the last line: Import-PSSession $Session –AllowClobber. The ‘–AllowClobber’ parameter will let PowerShell overwrite the locally registered commands with the Office 365 ones.

This approach works well but does prevent you from managing the local environment using the same commands. This can be resolved by opening another shell window or by following the second option.

The second option is to use this addition to the last line instead: Import-PSSession $Session –Prefix o365. The ‘-Prefix’ option allows both sets of commands to be available with commands that are sent remotely designated with the prefix string. So instead of running: Enable-OrganizationCustomization, the command would be: Enable-o365OrganizationCustomization.

Using the prefix option may require changes to script examples and a little getting used to but over the long term if you need to manage both an on premises and Office 365 environments, it saves a lot of time.