How to check the activation type and status of Office

  1. Open an administrative level command prompt.
    1. Navigate to the Office14 folder:
    2. 32bit Office on 64bit OS – “cd \Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14”
  • 32bit Office on 32bit OS and 64bit Office on 64bit OS – “cd \Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14”
  1. Execute “cscript ospp.vbs /dstatus”
  2. Look at “LICENSE NAME” for license type and “LICENSE STATUS” for activation status



Embedding o365 credentials into PowerShell

Sometimes it is necessary to schedule scripts with credentials for services such as Office 365 that require authentication.  These passwords can be stored securely rather than in plain text

read-host -assecurestring | convertfrom-securestring | out-file C:\temp\creds.txt

As an example for usage

$pass = get-content C:\temp\creds.txt | convertto-securestring
$creds = new-object -typename System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -argumentlist “”,$pass
Connect-MsolService -credential $creds

however this is not using strong encryption and there are readily available ways of reversing the stored password just stops the plain text access 

Script to find out availability

Useful PowerShell script found here

# Syntax:	Get-TenantStatus.ps1 -name "microsoft"
# Determines if the tenant name requested is available or already taken within Office 365.
# Provide a desired tenant name without the suffix to check if that tenant name is available.

param( $name )

Function Usage
$strScriptFileName = ($MyInvocation.ScriptName).substring(($MyInvocation.ScriptName).lastindexofany("\") + 1).ToString()



C:\PS> .\$strScriptFileName -name `"microsoft`"


If (-not $name) {Usage;Exit}

$uri = ""
$body = "p0=" + $name + "&assembly=BOX.Admin.UI%2C+Version%3D16.0.0.0%2C+Culture%3Dneutral%2C+PublicKeyToken%3Dnull&class=Microsoft.Online.BOX.Signup.UI.SignupServerCalls"

$response = Invoke-RestMethod -Method Post -Uri $uri -Body $body

$valid = $response.Contains("SessionValid")
if ($valid -eq $false)
	Write-Host -ForegroundColor Red $response

$available = $response.Contains("<![CDATA[1]]>")
if ($available) {
	Write-Host -ForegroundColor Green "Available"
} else {
	Write-Host -ForegroundColor Yellow "Taken"


Connecting to Office 365 using PowerShell

Exchange Online

$UserCredential = Get-Credential
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
Import-PSSession $Session

Skype for Business
May also need beforehand

$UserCredential = Get-Credential
$session = New-CsOnlineSession -Credential $credential -Verbose
Import-PSSession $session


Modern Authentication

Even though SSO or ADFS is used within Office 365 initially both Outlook and Skype clients will prompt for credentials providing a not-so seamless environment.

If enabled, Modern Authentication will make this seamless for Office 2013 and Office 2016. Office 2013 will require a registry which can be deployed via GPO.

HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Identity\EnableADAL REG_DWORD 1
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Identity\Version REG_DWORD 1

Using PowerShell to check

$UserCredential = Get-Credential
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
Import-PSSession $Session
Get-OrganizationConfig | select *OAuth*

To change

Set-OrganizationConfig -OAuth2ClientProfileEnabled:$true

Similarly for Skype for Business

$UserCredential = Get-Credential
$session = New-CsOnlineSession -Credential $credential -Verbose
Import-PSSession $session
Get-CsOAuthConfiguration | select *Adal*

To change

Set-CsOAuthConfiguration -ClientAdalAuthOverride Allowed