Office 365 Powershell issue with Set-UserPhoto for anyone other than myself


I’m a global admin for our 365 environment and I’m having an issue with the Set-UserPhoto command in powershell. If I run it for my own username, it works just fine but if I run it using anyone else’s username, it errors. Is there some kind of access I need to give myself to make this work? I’m a domain admin and global administrator in 365 so I should be able to do anything.

Connected through PowerShell 3.0 using the following:

Command I’m running:

Works fine for my username, for any other username I get this:

Error on proxy command ‘Set-UserPhoto -Identity:’username’ -PictureData: Tons of numbers here that scrolls for quite a while -Confirm:$False’ to server Server version 15.01.0534.0000, Proxy method
The WinRM client cannot process the request. The connection string should be of the form
[://][:][/] where transport is one of “http” or “https”. Transport, port and suffix are
optional. The host may be a hostname or an IP address. For IPv6 addresses, enclose the address in brackets – e.g.
http://[1::2]:80/wsman“. Change the connection string and try the request again. .
+ CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Set-UserPhoto], CmdletProxyException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.Exchange.Configuration.CmdletProxyException,Microsoft.Exchange.Management.Reci
+ PSComputerName :


just ran into the exact same problem.

the solution was to run Microsoft Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell ‘as administrator’ (Elevated)

as seen here


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