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
$creds = new-object -typename System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -argumentlist “admin@stevenwatsonuk.onmicrosoft.com”,$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 http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7468389/powershell-decode-system-security-securestring-to-readable-password 

Script to find out onmicrosoft.com availability

Useful PowerShell script found here https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-check-office-365-tenant-name-availability-aaron-dinnage

# 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 .onmicrosoft.com 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 = "https://portal.office.com/Signup/CheckDomainAvailability.ajax"
$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 https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
Import-PSSession $Session

Skype for Business
May also need http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=294688 beforehand

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