Microsoft's plan to depreciate Remote PowerShell or Exchange Online is kicking into high gear, with the company moving to the next phase. In an announcement this week, Microsoft says Remote PowerShell will no longer be in Exchange Online for new tenancies, starting from April 1, 2023.
It is worth noting the company is not changing its cutoff data for organizations that currently have Remote PowerShell for Exchange Online. That date is still set for June 1, 2023, the same block date Microsoft initially gave in its original December announcement.
The April 1 Remote PowerShell cutoff is specifically for new subscribers to Exchange Online.
“Today, we are announcing that starting April 1, 2023, we will start blocking RPS connections for all tenants created on or after April 1, 2023. After April 1, 2023, new tenants will not be able to use RPS when connecting to Exchange Online and will have to use the v3 module with REST cmdlets instead.”
Microsoft has decided to block Remote PowerShell in Exchange Online due to security. More specifically, because the company now has REST-based Exchange Online PowerShell v3 module on the platform since September 2022.
The company wants all Exchange Online admin to be handed on REST-based APIs. Microsoft understands that some IT departments will not have updated to Online PowerShell version 3. In those cases, customers can request an extension to the end date.
“We heard your concerns related to deprecation timelines. We will soon release a tool to allow tenant admins to request an extension to use RPS for a little longer. We will keep you posted.”
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