Turn on or off Offline Messages for admins
You can send Skype for Business IMs to your contacts even if they aren't signed in. This feature lets your contacts know that you have been trying to reach them. You don't have to wait until someone is online before sending them a message.
For Offline messages, it's important to know:
Offline messages won't be archived in the user's mailbox.
Offline messages will be sent to the user's mailbox, and the user will be notified when they log in to Skype for Business.
If the message recipient's status is set to Do Not Disturb or Presenting, they will receive a missed message that is sent from the recipient's Skype for Business client.
For more information, see Use offline messaging in Skype for Business.
To get you started
Check that you are running Windows PowerShell version 3.0 or higher
To verify that you are running version 3.0 or higher: Start Menu > Windows PowerShell.
Check the version by typing Get-Host in the Windows PowerShell window.
If you don't have version 3.0 or higher, you need to download and install updates to Windows PowerShell. See Windows Management Framework 4.0 to download and update Windows PowerShell to version 4.0. Restart your computer when you are prompted.
You will also need to install the Windows PowerShell module for Skype for Business Online that enables you to create a remote Windows PowerShell session that connects to Skype for Business Online. This module, which is supported only on 64-bit computers, can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center at Windows PowerShell Module for Skype for Business Online. Restart your computer if you are prompted.
If you need to know more, see Connect to all Office 365 services in a single Windows PowerShell window.
Start a Windows PowerShell session
From the Start Menu > Windows PowerShell.
In the Windows PowerShell window, connect to your Office 365 organization by running:
You only have to run the Import-Module command the first time you use the Skype for Business Online Windows PowerShell module.
Import-Module "C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Skype for Business Online\\Modules\\SkypeOnlineConnector\\SkypeOnlineConnector.psd1"
$credential = Get-Credential
$session = New-CsOnlineSession -Credential $credential
If you want more information about starting Windows PowerShell, see Connect to all Office 365 services in a single Windows PowerShell window or Connecting to Skype for Business Online by using Windows PowerShell.
Turning on or off Offline IM
Offline Messages are only available in the latest version of the Click-to-Run Skype for Business client and aren't available when an older Click-to-Run Skype for Business is used or an *.msi file was used to install the Skype for Business client.
To enable or disable Offline Messages send Offline Messages for users in your organization, set EnableIMAutoArchiving to
False. By default, this is set to
To turn it off, use the Set-CsClientPolicy cmdlet and run:
Set-CsClientPolicy -Identity Global -EnableIMAutoArchiving $False
To enable or disable Offline Messages send Offline Messages for a user, set EnableIMAutoArchiving to
False. By default, this is set to
True. You can use an existing policy or create one like the example below.
New-CsClientPolicy -Identity OfflineIM
Set-CsClientPolicy -Identity OfflineIM -EnableIMAutoArchiving $False
Grant -CsClientPolicy -Identity "Tony Smith" - PolicyName OfflineIM
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When it comes to Windows PowerShell is all about managing users and what users are allowed or not allowed to do. With Windows PowerShell, you can manage Office 365 and Skype for Business Online using a single point of administration that can simplify your daily work, when you have multiple tasks to do. To get started with Windows PowerShell, see these topics:
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