Using PnP Office 365 CLI in Azure Shell

At the European SharePoint Conference 2017 in the Hackathon results session, Waldek Mastykarz from the PnP team announced the Office365 CLI which gives you the ability to manage an Office 365 on any platform.

We had the idea to run this inside the Azure Shell, giving you the ability to manage the Office 365 platform on any device including mobile Azure app. Awesome!

Initially, this proved to be challenging at the start because running the npm install with the global flag generates an permissions denied error and the command requires elevation.


Example connection error when running the NPM install command


It doesn’t appear to be a feature of the shell to let the user elevate so we were stuck on installing this package; but we managed to find another Microsoft resource to change the NPM config and run the installation and the Office 365 CLI in the Azure Shell.

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Build function app with cloud shell on your iPhone

On the usual train travels to my current client, I had planned to build a Azure Function App for a upcoming project on my Surface Pro but the train that turned up was so busy it was standing room only.

So, in a huge moment of geekiness, I thought let’s give the new Azure Cloud Shell a go… on the train… on my iPhone…eek!

Getting started

To get started, you will need an Azure subscription. Next go to the iPhone app store and grab the Azure app –

Open the app and sign in to your Azure subscription.

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