Installing on the new Skype for Business Online PowerShell Module on Windows 10

A new Skype for Business Online PowerShell Module was released on April 19, 2017.

Recently I commissioned a new Windows 10 desktop client and downloaded and installed this new module. When I went to use it, I received an error while trying to acquire an authentication token (e.g. Get-CsAccessToken) because of a missing Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory assembly.

I was somewhat surprised to see Windows 10 not officially listed as a “Supported Operating System” as shown below.

However, after resolving the missing assembly error, I have been able to use it without any issues. This blog article describes how to resolve this issue.

Installation of the Skype for Business Online (SfBO) module should go fine, but you will likely get this error when trying to use the SkypeOnlineConnector (e.g. via Import-Module):

  • SkypeOnlineConnector Get-CsAccessToken : Could not load file or assembly ‘Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35′ or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.

Human translation: either Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory is missing, or one of its dependencies.

The Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory assembly is the Azure Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL). The SfBO module uses it to authenticate the credentials used in the script against Azure AD. It is installed with the SkypeOnlineConnector Module. The SfBO Connector ships with Version 2.19 of the Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory.dll as shown below, but the there are other dependencies in this library that need to be installed.

The ADAL library can be downloaded here:

The client-side SfBO module running on Windows 10 will use the .NET Client version (either V2 or V3 will work; I would use V3 since it’s the latest).

For some reason the built-in Install-Package cmdlet of the Microsoft PowerShell Package Management cannot find the ADAL library as shown here:

There is probably an easy fix to that, but instead I just downloaded and used the NuGet Command Line Interface (CLI). It is built into Visual Studio 2017, or you can download it here: Download the “nuget.exe” and call it from the command line as shown here:

You now need to exit and restart your PowerShell console or ISE session for it to take effect.

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