The python script checks the service status every five minutes and shows it with colors on the unicorn phat.
Since the unicorn phat is just a grid of 8×4 rgb leds, I needed to color code the different service statuses (more on the statuses later in this post). I came up with these color combinations. It doesn’t matter what combinations they are as long as they mean something to you (or as long as you can decode them).
🟩 🟩 🟩 🟩 ServiceOperational
🟩 🟩 🟩 🟨 ServiceRestored
🟪 🟪 🟪 🟪 Investigating
🟩 🟩 🟩 🟪 FalsePositive
⬜️ ⬜️ ⬜️ ⬜️ InformationUnavailable
🟥 🟥 🟥 🟥 ServiceInterruption
🟥 🟥 🟥 🟨 ExtendedRecovery
🟥 🟥 🟨 🟩 ServiceDegradation
🟩 🟩 🟩 🟦 PIRPublished
🟥 🟨 🟨 🟩 RestoringService
There is a list of all possible statuses you can get for Microsoft 365 Services, and it is here:
Install the cli-microsoft365 npm package globally.
sudo npm i -g @pnp/cli-microsoft365
You have to log in, admin consent (if you run this for the first time) and then you can get the status of the Microsoft 365 Services by running:
m365 tenant status list
There are many services in Microsoft 365. I choose the 8 most important ones (from my point of view), because there are only 8 rows on the unicorn phat, you can choose your services and order them as you prefer of course. Beware the spelling and the casing:
Assembling the hardware
I had my raspberry pi zero w, with raspberry pi os already installed. I attached the unicorn phat using solderless pogo pins. I found a little white cardboard box, cut out a rectangular hole for the unicorn phat and glued the raspberry pi with unicorn inside the box. On the front side I put a sticker with the actual service names for every led row. I connected it to the power, ran the script.
Other tips and tricks
The pogo pins were to loose and the leds did not work. I had to shorten the plastic holders a little to tighten the the pins.
Login to cli-microsoft365 as sudo
When I explored the m365 commands, it worked perfectly. My login was cached. Then I needed to run my scripts as sudo, since it requires communication with GPIO pins and the unicorn phat. It didn’t work. The login cache is in different place if you run as sudo. Obvious, when I look at it afterwards, but it took some time to realize that. So, if you are going to do the same, just make sure you log in to m365 as sudo as well, before running the script:
sudo m365 login
This web resource is gold, it shows the pinout and connections to many hats etc:
Nowadays a Yammer Community gets a corresponding Microsoft 365 Group (Office 365 Group, Unified Group). In your work as an SPO Admin, you might need to differentiate “ordinary” Modern Team Sites from those ones that were created for a Yammer Community.
They both have GROUP#0 as Template. On the actual SPO Site object, there is nothing that you can use to differentiate those. Neither you can use the Office 365 Group information. But there is a way: if you connect to Exchange Online and get the group from there, then there is something useful.
I’ll share a piece of code with you, as the rest of the posts and code snippets, it is “evergreen”, it changes all the time, maybe when you read this in future, there is a better way, but today I am using this code:
# AllowBasic as Admin, perhaps in a separate window