Microsoft Teams

Using Teams PowerShell Unattended

Introduction If you are responsible for administering Teams within your organisation, you’ve almost certainly come across the Teams PowerShell module. It is used for pretty much all admin and configuration tasks within Teams. If something can be done in the Teams Admin Center (TAC), it will almost certainly be able to be achieved in Teams PowerShell - and in many cases only in Teams PowerShell. And - if you are like me - when running repeatable tasks or commands, I think automation and hence this article.

Manage Teams Devices in Graph

Introduction Have you wanted to manage your Teams devices within a script, or from the command line? Well, now you can. I will cover how you can do this for pretty much any Teams Device that is provisioned in Teams by using Microsoft Graph. What can you do? As of 7th June 2022, with Microsoft Graph endpoints can achieve the following: List devices Get device Restart device Get device diagnostics Get device operations Update device software Get device health Get device config There are a couple provisos to be aware of in using Microsoft Graph and Teams devices:

Make a simple bot using Webhooks in Teams

Introduction Have you ever had an idea to ask a bot to perform a simple interaction? Then this article is for you. A simple interaction could be an answer to a question you asked: You: What time is it? Bot: It’s 3.56PM You could achieve this (and more) by building a bot using tools such as Power Virtual Agents or Bot Framework, but that is a little overkill for a simple interaction.

Use the Teams PowerShell Module in Azure Shell

A neat little trick I came across recently was that you can connect to a Teams PowerShell session within the Azure Shell. Even better, you do not need to install or import the module, or even enter your credentials (thanks Managed Identity)! Simply do the following: Login to Within the PowerShell prompt enter Connect-MicrosoftTeams -Identity Run a Teams PowerShell command “Cs” Cmdlets Cs cmdlets (e.g. Get-CsApplicationAccessPolicy) do NOT currently work with the above method and return an error.

Get your To Do tasks daily in Teams using Power Automate

This blog post is inspired by Ayca Bas’s excellent blog post on this subject using Azure Logic Apps instead of Power Automate Introduction Microsoft To Do is a great tool for allowing you to keep lists of tasks across your personal and work life. This could be something as simple as a shopping list or a project or anything that can be split down into individual tasks. With the release of the To Do APIs in Microsoft Graph, it is now possible to integrate with your To Do tasks outside of To Do.

Monitoring Microsoft Teams Network Traffic

Introduction Have you ever wondered how much network traffic Teams uses? I have. Not just for curiosity, but for performing a network impact assessment when helping organisations roll out Teams. Although Microsoft do provide estimated figures for this purpose, it doesn’t hurt to see how real-life usage compares. I have previously written about preparing your network for use with Microsoft Teams, and part of the process is determining the estimated network bandwidth that Teams will consume and the path it will take.

Create your first Teams app using 'Yo Teams' (A Yeoman Generator for Teams)

What is Yo Teams Yo Teams is a fantastic tool that generates Teams apps using Yeoman. By populating a few parameters you are able to generate a basic structure (scaffolding) of a Teams app. The benefit of this is all basic dependencies such as UI, frameworks and Teams SDK are already in place, allowing you to just start building out your app. I have tried to write this post in a way that caters for all and that anyone (not familiar with web app development) can read.

Developing Teams Apps for Beginners

Background Microsoft Teams apps is something I have been keen to blog about for a long while. However, there was one issue with that, I had never learned what they are, how they work and how you go about creating one. So, I set myself a challenge at the start of the year to learn, hoping to help others in the process. Let’s get started! Fundamentals What is a Teams app?

Adaptive Cards and Teams

Adaptive Cards explained Adaptive Cards are actionable message cards that are adaptive depending on user interaction. Adaptive Cards can be used in different Microsoft 365 applications such as Outlook, Teams, Bots etc. but maintaining a native look and feel to the application they appear in. Whilst this post is centred around Microsoft Teams, one great feature about Adaptive Cards is that any card created can be re-used, no matter what application, within another application that supports adaptive cards.

Getting Started With Teams in Linux

Disclaimer: Although I have dabbled with Linux over the last 20 or so years, I mainly use it as a server OS rather than a desktop OS. As such, what you read below is the way I understand it, I am not a Linux expert! This had been announced for a little while, but just before the end of 2019, Microsoft released a version of Teams for Linux. At this time (January 2020), it is in public preview so there will be bugs and still room for changes or improvements to be made.