Acquire an access token (PowerShell)

The example shown demonstrates how to call an external PowerShell script to obtain an OAuth2 token. A valid OAuth2 access token is required by the implementation of the authentication delegate.


  • Complete (MIP) SDK setup and configuration. Among other tasks, you'll register your client application in your Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) tenant. Azure AD will provide an application ID, also known as client ID, which is used in your token acquisition logic.

This code isn't intended for production use. It may only be used for development and understanding auth concepts.



We create a single function called AcquireToken. Since the return value will be hard-coded for this tutorial, we accept no parameters and return a string (the token).

#include <string>

namespace sample {
  namespace auth {
    std::string AcquireToken();


Our source file returns a token value that will be hard-coded in a future step.

#include <string>
#include "auth.h"

namespace sample {
  namespace auth {
    string AcquireToken() {
      std::string mToken = "your token here";
      return mToken;

Mint a token

Finally, mint a token to put in the mToken variable. The example below demonstrates a PowerShell script that can be used to quickly obtain the OAuth2 token via ADAL and PowerShell on Windows. This token is granted for the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center endpoint only. Consequently, protection actions will fail unless the resource URL is updated.

You can skip this step if you completed it previously in (MIP) SDK setup and configuration.

Install-Module -Name ADAL.PS

Use Get-ADALToken to Obtain the Access Token

#Install the ADAL.PS package if it's not installed.
if(!(Get-Package { Install-Package -Name }

$authority = "" 
#this is the security and compliance center endpoint
$resourceUrl = ""
#replace <application-id> and <redirect-uri>, with the Redirect URI and Application ID from your Azure AD application registration.
$clientId = "<application-id>"
$redirectUri = "<redirect-uri>"

$response = Get-ADALToken -Resource $resourceUrl -ClientId $clientId -RedirectUri $redirectUri -Authority $authority -PromptBehavior:Always
$response.AccessToken | clip

Copy the token from the clipboard in to auth.cpp as the value for string mToken, replacing "your token here" above. Running the script again may be required, depending on how long the following steps take.