Monday, April 04, 2011

Creating a Room in Office 365 Beta

Working in Office 365 Beta we found it very simple to set up users but a little confusing to set up a Conference Room. So we're documenting the process here. First create the room as though it were a regular old user, like so (you could do all this through PowerShell but I like the simplicity of the Office 365 Admin interface): Now use PowerShell to set up your session: $LiveCred = Get-Credential This will prompt you for your admin credentials on Office 365. Follow this with the next two commands: $Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri -Credential $LiveCred -Authentication Basic –AllowRedirection and Import-PSSession $Session You are now ready to rock and roll by changing your “room” into a ROOM. This PowerShell command will now transform the ID into a Room. Set-Mailbox room222 –Type Room Check this by trying to add it in Outlook: And we’re certain that it is now behaving like a room! Since you’re here you might as well also configure the room as you wish. My preference for daily use (though for a calendar migration you’d want to turn OFF AutoAccept): Set-CalendarProcessing -AutomateProcessing:AutoAccept -DeleteSubject:$FALSE -AddOrganizerToSubject:$TRUE -AllowConflicts:$TRUE -EnforceSchedulingHorizon:$FALSE Wash, rinse, and repeat for any other resources you need. When done, be a good doobie and disconnect PowerShell from Office365: Remove-PSSession $Session


techSage said...

You can do this in the Office 365 Admin Home Page under Exchange Online. Click Manage, then under the Mailboxes "tab" you can click New | Room Mailbox and continue setup from there.

zyg said...

NOW you can do this in O365 Admin. When it was written in the beta cycle you could not.