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Article ID: 129689, created on Oct 26, 2016, last review on Jul 19, 2018

  • Applies to:
  • Operations Automation 7.0
  • Operations Automation 7.1
  • Operations Automation 6.0
  • Business Automation 7.1
  • Business Automation 7.2


The task Provisioning "Subscription" for APS application Office 365 fails with the output as below:

500 Internal Server Error
[ApplicationUnknownError] Provisioning: resource 969388d3-8882-4e1b-aa02-0e7febf70fd8 of type 'subscriptions' ( for APS application 'Office 365-17.1.3': Object reference not set to an instance of an object..

Body: {
"code": 500,
"message": "Object reference not set to an instance of an object.",
"additionalNonlocalizableMessage": "",
"error": "ApplicationUnknownError",
"http_request": "POST /O365App/aps/subscriptions to ''"

The sitelog on the endpoint server contains entries indicating that it is unable to set up a password for the admin user:

2016-03-23 12:21:49,259 [ 212] DEBUG aps_endpoint: Going to set the password policy ForceChangePasswordNextLogin for the admin to FALSE
2016-03-23 12:21:49,259 [ 212] DEBUG flow        : CSP: Reset admin password policy of customer 'John Doe'
2016-03-23 12:21:49,259 [ 212] DEBUG flow        : CSP: Change admin password of customer 'John Doe'
2016-03-23 12:21:49,384 [ 212] ERROR aps_endpoint: SubscriptionsController.Post finished by exception System.AggregateException: One or more errors occurred.
2016-03-23 12:21:49,384 [ 212] ERROR aps_endpoint: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.


In case Office365/Tenant APS resource has bind_to_domain property filled - this is software-related issue #APSA-18590.

Otherwise: the reason is Global Admin user was removed or renamed on the MOP side. Issue also happens when Global Administrator permissions are revoked from the user on the MOP side.


Software-related issue #APSA-18590 is fixed in Office 365 17.2 package version. To workaround the issue it is enough to create user (where is the domain name specified on the order placement) with Global Admin role for customer in the Microsoft Online Portal.

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