How to add Resources to Office 365 accounts

Creating and managing Resources and Room Lists with Office 365

As part of our Enterprise Connect solution we support the discovery of Resources (Rooms and Equipment) via the Listing Resources endpoint.

To create a Room or Resource you can use the Admin Web Interface for Office 365: https://portal.office.com/adminportal/home#/ResourceMailbox

Exchange users can add Resources to Distribution Lists but unfortunately Office 365 does not give the option to do this via the Admin Web Interface.

It is, however, possible via Powershell. You will first need to connect to your Office 365 instance as detailed here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj984289(v=exchg.160).aspx

Once you have done that you can issue the Powershell commands required to create a Room List and add your Resource to it.

Creating a Room List

To create a collection of rooms called "Meeting Rooms" issue the following Powershell command:

New-DistributionGroup -Name "Meeting Rooms" -RoomList

Adding an existing Resource to a Room List issue the following

For an existing Room is "Board room" and an existing Room List named "Meeting Rooms" issue the following Powershell command:

Add-DistributionGroupMember –Identity "Meeting Rooms" -Member "Board room"

After you have added your Resource to a Room List you should be able to see it appear when calling the Listing Resources endpoint with an Enterprise Connect account.