Using the latest version of PnP PowerShell some new Cmdlets have been introduced.

I’m going to have a look at some of these new commands in this post that help you manage Office 365 groups.

Connecting to Microsoft Graph

First to setup a connection to Microsoft Graph the Cmdlet Connect-PnPMicrosoftGraph has been created.

Connect-PnPMicrosoftGraph -Scopes “Group.ReadWrite.All”

Within this command the permission scope(s) need to be supplied.DEpnding on what you want to do you will need certain permissions. In my case I’m going to take ReadWrite permissions.

After a login window where I’m logging in with my MSDN account I’m now getting a dialog asking me to confirm the required permissions:


Once I click on Yes. The connection has been made.

Now I’m going to see if I can get to my groups using Get-PnPUnifiedGroup

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Get-PnPUnifiedGroup -Identity “PnP”


Ah ok, So I first need to get my access token with the following command

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$token = Get-PnPAccessToken

So I’ve now got 3 lines of PowerShell
<blockquote>Connect-PnPMicrosoftGraph -Scopes “Group.ReadWrite.All”

$token = Get-PnPAccessToken

Get-PnPUnifiedGroup -Identity “PnP”

Get-PnPAccessToken seems to be giving a warning.

WARNING: The Azure AD OAuth 2.0 Access Token has expired. Authenticate again using
the Connect-PnPMicrosoftGraph cmdlet.

And the Get-PnPUnifiedGroup gives another variation of issues.

Get-PnPUnifiedGroup : No Azure AD connection, please connect first with
At C:\Users\pveenstra\Downloads\graph.ps1:6 char:1
+ Get-PnPUnifiedGroup -Identity “PnP”
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Get-PnPUnifiedGroup], InvalidOpe
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : System.InvalidOperationException,SharePointPnP.Powe


Get-PnPUnifiedGroup : Exception of type ‘Microsoft.Graph.ServiceException’ was
At C:\Users\pveenstra\Downloads\graph.ps1:6 char:1
+ Get-PnPUnifiedGroup -Identity “PnP”
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Get-PnPUnifiedGroup], ServiceExc
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.Graph.ServiceException,SharePointPnP.Powe

Ok, so the connection isn’t setup correctly.

Now I’m trying to use my corporate Triad account (Both accounts have admin rights wherever possibly needed) so there shouldn’t be a difference. However when I run with my company account I’m suddenly getting my groups back.


Creating new groups

Now finally I’ll look at creating new groups. With the New-PnPUnifiedGroup I can create new groups.

New-PnPUnifiedGroup -DisplayName “My Test Group” -Description “This is my group” -MailNickname “Testgroup” -Owners “pieter.veenstra@…”


For more information on the permissions requests see Permission scopes | Graph API concepts


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Business Applications and Office Apps & Services Microsoft MVP working as a Microsoft Productivity Principal Consultant at HybrIT Services. You can contact me using

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