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Adding Groups from Exchange Server in Microsoft Teams

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dejang95
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So we have groups that are on the exchange server, mainly used to dustinguish between different groups of employees that we have. Now, that way in SfB we could just easily add a group called "Active Employees" for example, and than there would be a list of all active employees in the SfB Client.

Now what I would like to see is the same thing in Microsoft Teams. For example in Chats under Contacts I can see that the there is a column called "Active Employees" that is on the Exchange Server, however when I go and expand it, there is nothing there. Not a single employee.

I don't know if this is at all supported by the Teams or if there is something I am missing. So what I would like to achieve is, to see under Chats/Contacts the list of Groups that are already on the exchange Server (e.d. Active Employees, Marketing etc.). I included a screenshot just in case it is not clear what I exactly mean. ("MCP Aktive Mitarbeiter" -> "Active Employees")

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Hi,

 

If I understand it correctly you created a Distribution List in Exchange called "Active Employees" and this you added to the contact list in Skype, when you expanded that group in Skype contact list you were able to see all Skype users in that contact list.

 

That feature is not there in Teams. There is a uservoice asking for this that you can vote for.

https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/34782517-distribution-lists-in...

 

Do you really need this, if you think of Teams as a new tool instead of a 1:1 replacement for Skype. When I moved to Teams i did not get my Skype contacts with me so I had to start over again and I've only added a few new contact to my contact list. Most 1:1 chats I start from the contact list in Calls tab (comes from my Outlook contact list) or I use the /chat command that also uses my contact list to search.

 

The reason that you see  a group in your Teams contact list is that Skype contacts and groups should be moved to Teams but of some reason only your groups were migrated, maybe because your contacts were in a DL.

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/What-s-new-in-Microsoft-Teams-April-upda...

 

But is there still a way to have the list of all contacts at least in the "Contacts" section of Chats, without adding them manually for each user? So that we still have a similar result as we have had with DL, doesn't matter if the DL is actually not being used. I get that Teams should not be a SfB replica, but having an overview of all your colleagues in the company, especially if you are new can be extremely useful.

No, not in the contact list. You can search for contacts from your company directory but no way to add all contacts to your contact list.

I think this is an important feature. Consider this; We have organized our users by workgroup (think department). Having Teams maintain corporate contacts by AD group would be a nice feature so that users can find others in the organization easily and by dept.

 

 

@dejang95 

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