Have you wanted to manage your Teams devices within a script, or from the command line? Well, now you can. I will cover how you can do this for pretty much any Teams Device that is provisioned in Teams by using Microsoft Graph.
What can you do?
As of 7th June 2022, with Microsoft Graph endpoints can achieve the following:
- List devices
- Get device
- Restart device
- Get device diagnostics
- Get device operations
- Update device software
- Get device health
- Get device config
There are a couple provisos to be aware of in using Microsoft Graph and Teams devices:
- It is currently in Beta so may not behave as expected. Use at your own risk
- Whilst Microsoft does not currently charge for using these endpoints, it states that is does plan to at some stage (details to follow in due course)
How do I achieve this?
Whilst you can use these endpoints in any application/language you choose, to best illustrate this in an article I am going to use PowerShell. And the the easiest way to do this is by using the official Graph SDK for PowerShell.
Other SDKs/languages are available, and you can see samples within the Graph reference:
To install the Graph SDK for PowerShell Module by following these instructions.
Once installed, if you can check the module is installed by running:
Using the PowerShell module
With the module installed, you can now look manage your Teams devices in PowerShell!
But – before you can do anything – you need to switch the module over to the Beta API. This is done by running:
Select-MgProfile -Name "beta"
(It might take a few seconds to complete, but should return to a prompt).
The next step is connect to Microsoft Graph. This is done by running the following (and specifying the
Connect-MgGraph -Scopes "TeamworkDevice.Read.All"
You should be redirected to the browser to sign in to your Microsoft account (on the tenant where the devices are). You may need to consent to additional permissions.
Now you are connected, the fun can start. Start by querying all Teams devices:
I only have one device in the list, but if you wanted to specify a particular device you can do this by using the
TeamworkDeviceId of the device.
When working with a particular device, you will need to make use of the
TeamworkDeviceId and of device. I tend to save the device under a variable to reference back to when required.
Then you can drill down and query the response:
To restart a device, you can run the following:
Restart-MgTeamworkDevice -TeamworkDeviceId <TeamworkDeviceId>
Run device diagnostics
To start a diagnostics report of a device, you can do the following:
Start-MgTeamworkDeviceDiagnostic -TeamworkDeviceId <TeamworkDeviceId>
You will need to get the report (once complete) separately from Teams Admin Center
Get device operations
To get a list of queued and previous operations (restarts, upgrades, etc.), you can use the following:
Get-MgTeamworkDeviceOperation -TeamworkDeviceId <TeamworkDeviceId>
Update device software
To update the device to the latest software build (hosted by Microsoft), you can run the following:
Update-MgTeamworkDeviceSoftware -TeamworkDeviceId <TeamworkDeviceId> -SoftwareType <SoftwareType> -SoftwareVersion <SoftwareVersion>
- SoftwareType: Can be one of the following:
- SoftwareVersion: Specific version to upgrade to.
You can then check on the status of the firmware using the device operations command (already covered):
Remember software updates can fail and leave the device in an unknown state, be careful!
Get device health
You can query the device health including software and hardware status, pending updates etc:
Get-MgTeamworkDeviceHealth -TeamworkDeviceId <TeamworkDeviceId>
Like a lot of output from the Graph PowerShell SDK, it isn’t terribly useful with the default output. You can use
ConvertTo-Json to make it more useful at a glance.
Get device config
You can query the device configuration by doing the following:
Get-MgTeamworkDeviceConfiguration -TeamworkDeviceId <TeamworkDeviceId>
Not much to show here as the device is a Teams phone. Devices such as MTRs show way more.
And there you have it – manage Teams devices from within Graph. I am keen to see if this will be improved before it goes 1.0. Being able to download the diagnostic files or being able to configure device profiles would be great.
Recommended Blog: Assigning a Microsoft Teams Devices Administrator
About the Author:
Microsoft MVP in Office Development. Solution Architect at Symity. I help people realise their (application) dreams in Teams. I like to make cool things with code and Azure. I also like chocolate. And beer.
Ford, L. (2022). Manage Teams Devices in Graph. Available at: https://www.lee-ford.co.uk/posts/manage-teams-devices-in-graph/ [Accessed: 12th September 2022].