Retrieving a headless silent token for using Powershell

A lot of the things we can click on in the Azure Portal cannot be done through Powershell Cmdlets published by Microsoft.

However, using Fiddler, we can see that there is a ‘hidden’ API we can use, for example, to set permissions. I’ve written a ‘clean’ function to retrieve this token silently that you can use in your scripts:

Please be careful using this for production workflows as this is NOT supported by Microsoft.

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Whenever I try this technique I get [Microsoft.Azure.Commands.Common.Authentication.Abstractions.AzureTokenCache] does not contain a method named ‘ReadItems’, i.e. the cache that should hold the refresh token has not been populated.
I’m logged in to AzureRM as a service principal with a certificate; could that be causing problems or is there something else I’m missing?


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