!!! The beta has ended and PSM is now released onto the Office 365 marketplace. !!!!
!!! Click here to find PSM in the Office 365 marketplace !!!
As some of you might know I have been developing a tool built in InfoPath 2010, yes you read right. InfoPath is that Office program that got installed on your pc that you probably never ever started before, kind of like OneNote, a real hidden gem, unfortunately not so many people uses InfoPath but don’t worry, you only need to have it installed and the tool is being delivered in email to your Outlook client so it will always be near at hands when needed and auto updated as I release updates (so creating a folder and a rule for it in Outlook might be a good idea).
Anyway the tool is a question/form based PowerShell tool, for Lync, Exchange & SharePoint. On-premises or online in the cloud doesn’t matter as I designed it to work both ways. So it’s excellent for Office 365 and since I don’t even have an Exchange server anymore all my development and testing are done with Office 365 for now.
Personally I have found it time consuming and some time troublesome to manage my customers systems in PowerShell as I tend to forget some of the different cmdlts. And I got bored of having to ask my customers the same questions over and over again when setting up policy’s for them, so I first created a form to be filled that generated a PowerShell command as output. I then designed this in a kind of a “flowchart way” to easily and quickly install and set up Lync proof of concepts.
The process is now getting fine tuned and setting up a custom Lync front end for lets say a PoC is now a matter of minutes (minus the installation time of course) but the general config can easily be made in the form and then with the press of a button remote PowerShell configures it all for you.
From there I have developed the tool to now work with Office 365 and Exchange Online. Well Exchange on-premises works as well but only some cmdlets are supported in the beta.
Mobile Device management
One section is dedicated for Mobile Device Management (via Exchange ActiveSync) and there are options to completely take control of your organizations mobile platform via policy’s pushed out via ActiveSync. Reporting of devices, block devices wipe, devices, etc..
Partner support so that you can manage all your customers from one tool will be in the tool at V1 and when there is support from Microsoft.
User management, domain management well everything is in there, what you can do in PowerShell against Office365 you can do in PSM.
Lync Server 2010
Flowchart based setup of Lync Server, tuned to save time and make an ultimate configuration for your customers. Management and reporting are built in.
Design Goals in V1
My design goals with the V1 are that 100% of Lync and Office365 should be there.
V1.5 will be 100% Exchange and SharePoint
You as an admin will have full control and the commands being run are always visible for your fine tuning and most importantly (at least for me) for training. In a way PSM is also the perfect PowerShell training tool since its all so visible for you to verify before you hit run. I can honestly say that my PowerShell skills has gone from noob to 100 in some weeks of using the tool.
There will be two or more versions and my goals are that the full version should be very affordable and the free version might be ad supported in the future depending on what I want to do with it for V2.
Beta Sign up?
Beta signup can now be made by sending a email to email@example.com