Series: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
So far in this blog series I’ve covered the basics of user licensing in Office 365 with PowerShell by demonstrating how to add and modify license skus. This is very useful in scripting the service entitlements for new users, but not all users are static and in many cases you’ll need to manage licenses as users move between positions and licensing needs change. This isn’t as easy as it sounds (or should be), and has a couple of obstacles.
Problem 1 - DisabledPlans
The biggest drawback to configuring user licenses via PowerShell lies in the design of the New-MsolLicenseOptions cmdlet. The problem is that the -DisabledPlans parameter is inherently the wrong approach to license automation. For example, let’s say we’ve set up a script that licenses users for the EnterprisePack and you’ve added Sharepoint to the disabled plans. In it’s original state, this would have enabled Exchange, Skype for Business, and Yammer. However, last year Microsoft added a new service plan to the license - Sway. This means that as soon as Sway became available as an assignable license in your tenant, Sway would have been assigned to your users because it hasn’t been explicitly added to the list of disabled plans.Read more...