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Can Groups be configured to create SharePoint collections in somewhere other than the root of SharePoint Online?  It's made our environment very messy.

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We've set the default managed path to /teams instead of /sites, and thus all Group sites are located under /teams. Buy would be greatnto have had more options.

I'm also curious as to why the default wasn't "tenantname/teams/groupname" (or at least the ability to set it like this)

 

That way there wouldn't be any conflict if the gr

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Are you referring to the fact that all Group SharePoint sites are configured under the url path: https://domain.sharepoint.com/sites/groupurl?  Unfortunatly at this time

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Provisioning Group Team Sites "at the root" is important as they need to be separate site collections and all site collections in SPO are essentially peers of each other,... Read More
I don't mind the root so much, but I would have preferred if maybe another managed path was turned on (like tenant.sharepoint.com/groups/groupname). Less chance for confl... Read More

Any update on when the limited number of management options (granular enable/disable/, naming, etc.) will be available in the O365 Admin console?  For those of us who will never be trusted with running PowerShell cmdlets (for good reason!), this is a show

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Hello! sorry to post here but this forum won't let me post anywhere else saying I have not enough rights to start a new post! I have a problem. I'm a o365 administrator w... Read More
Generally speaking, agreed! We are working on bringing some of the features to the UI (we have plans to bring the recovery of groups into the Portal, for example). We alw... Read More

We currently have lots of Workgroups and Subteams on those workgroups.  Subteams may often have different membership than the primary Workgroup.

 

Right now we are creating subteams as separate standalone groups.  Is there any thoughts on incorporating a su

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Could you please explain the pain point that you are going through in more detail? Are you finding it difficult to compose a message and send to a list of groups? Is ther

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There was some great conversation about this kind of thing on the latest OfficeDev Podcast with Bill Bliss Podcast Link.

 

Being able to hae dfferent membersip or visibilit

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When will we see the ability to create appointments in the calendar that do not trigger invites to all group members?

 

We have several groups using it for things like "out of office" placeholders for team members, but it gets a little old being invited to

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Hi Brent, this was a very common request and we have built a feature that gives users the option to suppress sending notifications to the entire group. Doesn't look like ... Read More
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We cannot see PowerBI Web App on our SharePoint Modern Sites and Office365 Groups with our First Release users. It has been announced as rolled-out. Do we need to create a support ticket as an issue, or the roll-out has some delay?

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Good question!  I would like to also know if we should expect these web parts soon. We are experiencing some pushback from some folks due to the "limitations" (i.e. conte

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Yes, I would like to also know if we should expect these web parts soon. We are experiencing some pushback from some folks due to the "limitations" (i.e. content editor e

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We are also experiencing the same thing and cannot find many web parts including Content Editor or Script Editor web parts on the sites created with Office 365 groups.

 

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We are trying to simplify our environment and trying collapse public folders and shared mailboxes into Office 365 Groups. However, there are some features today that groups does not support (such as automatic replies to messages) that prevent us from doin

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So will a shared mailbox eventually be an O365 group?  Will there be a conversion process from a shared mailbox to an O365 group?  If so when is this slated for?  Thanks!

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One big thing would be to be able to use folders other than the Inbox. Drag and drop from a PST or other mailbox is another.

When you say "automatic replies" do you mean something similar to inbox rules or something like an OOF message on a shared mailbox?

Not necessarily, what exact features would you like to see in groups in Outlook?

Couple of questions:

 

  1. If we now setup a group with dynamic membership it requires AADP license, what happens if the use does not have a license?
  2. Also is we have a dynamic group is possible to setup mutiple static owners? for group administration?
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1- all users need to be licensed to AAD premium

2- yes you can add static owners via AAD portal

I am looking for availability different metrics available for Office 365 group such as last activity, number of convesation, number of documents shared..etc. Is that something available out of box?

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Is there a way to put groups in a better location in the Outlook client?

 

Right now it is "hidden" underneath the primary inbox.  We have some users that have like a billion folders so it is quite a bit difficult to easily scroll down and locate it.

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My suggestion - I think it might be helpful for Outlook to a "Groups" item in the Left Navigation view (a peer of Folder, Calendar, People)
Billion folders? Sounds like my kind of person! :) I add groups that I really work in often to favorites which makes it better but yes - as Christophe mentioned, this nee... Read More

Brent we are looking to improve groups discovery whithin Outlook desktop.

Similar question here. Quite a few users asking me where the Groups are.

We do a lot of teams that will shut down when their purpose has been met.

 

What is the best way to archive the group content for long term storage, but shut down use of the group? 

 

Keep the group indefinitely?

Figure out how to lock it down to read-only?

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Brent we are currently investigating archiving/shelving of groups and would love to set up a call to better understand your exact needs, please send a private message wit

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With the onboarding of Teams, there are some groups out there that have changed their Group Name.  While as a Global Admin I know I can successfully change the email address of said group via powershell, but there doesn't seem to be a way to change the Sh

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We have been renaming all our Yammer groups knowing that in May they will all magically become 0365 groups with all the additional features that entails.  I do not want e

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Is there anything you'd like to see documented (or better documented) about Office 365 Groups? We'd love to hear your feedback!

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An outline on Office365 groups and its manifestations along with a roadmap on the different manifestations and the functions of this manifestations. Second to that a guid

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So many customers I talk to are confused with Groups vs Teams vs SharePoint vs Yammer. It would be useful to have a great diagram that explained these differences. I've n... Read More
A 101 guide to getting Data Classification working. As I'm no PowerShell expert! Thanks
Documentation around detailed security & compliance capabilities specific to Groups and more specifically the workloads within them.

Today unused groups are able to be identified by looking at the SharePoint library activity.  Can we extend this to look at other features like shared mailbox activity?

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SharePoint activity is not really tracked well. See https://www.itunity.com/article/identifying-obsolete-office-365-groups-powershell-3533 for a solution using audit reco... Read More
Thanks Ben. Could you provide any examples of those scripts? The previous Powershell methods that I found only focused on the SharePoint file activity - which is why I as... Read More
Our products are currently able to look at the mailbox and SP site for detecting inactivity. Looking forward to the public light up of Planner and Teams APIs so we can fa... Read More
...I've also seen people create custom PowerShell scripts to identify unused groups.
I would use the Office 365 Reports in the admin center to check on Group activity. See if this helps: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Office-365-Reports-in-the-admin-center-Office-365-groups-a27f1a99-3557-4f85-9560-a28e3d822a40 Read More

If groups are created via Planner, Yammer, StaffHub, etc... they don't go through a naming restriction filter.  If it is created via Exchange, it does.

 

I've been told this feature was coming and it's been lingering around the roadmap for a bit, but withou

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That is correct. We are working on this already, announced here: https://blogs.office.com/2017/04/06/whats-new-in-office-365-groups-for-april-2017/ Read More
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I'm sure the answer is we are working on it, but please get some better options for managing Planner notifications rolled out.  This is killing our users right now.  Join one or two groups that uses Planner, and all the sudden you get like 100 new emails

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Brent, have you seen the new option in Planner under the ellipsis > Edit Plan? There is a feature available to turn off sending notifications for task assignment and task

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Are these things coming?

 

I am unable to grant an O365 Group permissions to an O365 Video Channel.

 

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Additionally I am also unable to share a Power BI Dashboard to members of an O365 Group (I don't want to publish the dashboard/dataset INSIDE the group, I w

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For O365 Video we originally blocked adding O365 Groups as permisisons on the channels due to issues that have since been addressed in SharePoint Online. Originaly if we

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For the Office 365 Video tagging @Marc Mroz

Very much agreed on this need. Nothing is worse than convincing a group in your org to start using an Office 365 Group, and then them discovering that it doesn't work for

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On a Group Calendar, if at least one person from the group is selected in the invite, the Send Invite to the Group button cannot be unchecked - it gets checked by default (even if it was specifically unchecked before that)

Is this a bug and can you fix it,

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It would also be nice to selectively not include people in a group when creating a calendar event. For example, we use a department group calendar to report absences. It

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Thanks for reporting this! I've actually never noticed and I will follow up with the team. As a workaround, you could create the calendar invite without inviting anyone i... Read More
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In the recently published Groups blog post about what is new and coming for Groups in April it was highlighted at the bottom that certain management capabilites will require Azure AD Premium now.  

 

Why was this requirement added at this time?  As this was

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We were looking forward to the group expiry function but I am sad to hear that it requires AAD premium.

Hi Drew, these features were always intended as AAD Premium features and were part of the paid AAD product set from the start, however we fully acknowledge this was not p

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There is an open user voice (well, for naming policies specifically). Would like to see features like this as part of the free licensing - https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/286611-office-365-groups/suggestions/18893317-naming-policy-for-azure-premium-customers-only

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I believe the only upcoming feature that requires AAD Premium is the dynamic membership?



 

Thank you for joining us during this action-packed hour. We will put together a summary of what was covered during this AMA and share it here.   

 

We hope you will continue ask questions and to share your feedback with the product team in the Office 365 Groups

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Thank you everyone!
Thanks for the replies everyone. Happy Easter if you celebrate it
Thank you all for your questions!
Thanks all!
THANK YOU ALL, enjoy the rest of the week.

Any plans to replace files/notes tab in Yammer with the group site functions? The current integration is confusing having both yammer and sp files and notes.

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yes that's on the backlog

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From my research, it appears Microsoft has ignored many requests to give organizations the ability to guide users into selectng Private for privacy settings of their groups during the creation process. Can you speak to any changes on this issue and/or wha

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Hey Bert - we've designed groups to be public by default because we know that this fosters collaboration within organizations. That said, we understand the desire to set

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Agree that there is a risk here that many orgs are concerned about. To further the problem, it's not clear from the interface the true impact of "Public"-- that everyone ... Read More

Are there any plans to support having the Groups/sites be a different locale than the tenant? Many .no customers have set .no as the default lang, but they have English as the primary language. For manually created SP sites we can set the locale to be def

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Hey Mikael - this sounds like a bug to me, or atleast a consistency issue. Can you contact support for this?

Hmmm.... something is not right here. Do you mind opening a support request on this?
I would like to see a more powerful mobile application for all platforms combining SharePoint, OneDrive and Outlook Groups. It seems some rationalisation would be effective as the platforms mature.
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Agree and stay tune for more inovations across the apps.

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Maybe not a strictly Groups question, but when will Planner and Teams be available in the Government cloud?  I know there are strict security requirements to be met for the feds (that don't apply to us locals), but there's a lot of potential for these ser

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Hi @Joel Markowitz, here's a discussion in the Planner space regarding Government tenants that may answer your question.

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Adding @Brian Levenson who may be able to add to this. 

There is currently a bit of frustration among some users that all MS Team files are stored in a dedicated folder within the Office 365 Group's SP team site. Issues are encountered when renaming channels, moving and accessing files and trying to use advanc

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Completely agree this is a big issue, even just for the Group "Files" library if you only use Groups and not Teams.  We'd like to apply our preferred content types and de

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Hey Shyam, what type of flexible content storage are you referring to or interested in seeing integrated? 

The recent announcements of Yammer and Office 365 groups integration triggered this question. Does the Yammer Groups get its own Office 365 group in outlook? Or is it other way around - The office 365 group gets an Yammer group.

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Also you may find this article helpful for more info on what you get with Office 365 connected Yammer groups: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Yammer-and-Office-365-Groups-d8c239dc-a48b-47ab-b85e-6b4b8191a869 Read More
Neither, actually. Office 365 connected Yammer groups don't get an Inbox in Outlook; and groups in Outlook don't create a Yammer group.
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How the team site creation is handled during migration? Will the newly migrated AD groups get a Team site space?

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Hi Saravanakumar, when you say 'newly migrated', are you talking about DLs that you have upgraded to O365 Groups?

In the past we knew that this feature is not available

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365-Groups/Cannot-add-a-quot-contact-quot-in-Exchange-Online-to-an-Office/m-p/13910#M670

But Microsoft announced recently that it has been rolled-out to our

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This is on our roadmap:

Add Mail Contact as guest to Office 365 Group

Office 365 Groups users can add Mail Contacts as Guests to the group.
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Are there plans to leverage Office 365 Groups in Delve? For example, I'd like to see Groups I am a member of within my Profile page and view others' membership on their profile.
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John we are on working on a new group card that will surface across Office 365 and shows groups info.

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I know Groups in Outlook for Mac is in development (Feature ID: 72294).  Any update on the timeframe for release?

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This went into the Insiders ring for Outlook for Mac, stay tuned for more news!

What would be the proper way to manage groups names if Azure Premium is not an option? Will the naming prefixes still exist in apps like StaffHub, Exchange, and Planner? We are concerend with namespace collisions from accounts syncing from on-prem. Is usi

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Naming policy is a major concern of mine.  It's free for Exchange Online where Office 365 Groups are traditionally created but an Azure AD Premium feature if the Office 3

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CC why are you synching back groups on-prem out of curiosity please?

Can anyone please explain why SharePoint search seems to ignore the content of Private Groups - I know the content I want is in the Group but search cannot "find" it. 

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I believe that searching the list should still work. But if not definitely open a support ticket and they can see what's going on there.
Does it make any difference if I am searching for an item in a list rather than a document? I have noticed that searching for items in Modern sites is a challenge.
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That should be working now. If it's still not working for you today, please open a support call so we can take a look at it.
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The groups creates a SharePoint team site space to save the documents.  Is there a  way it can be prevented?  Each groups creating a SharePoint site will increase the number of SharePoint site in the tenant.

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Gonna bet that this is not in the cards as the SP team site is the place that is destined for all files uploaded or attached as part of the group. The concern is valid th

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Yes every group comes with a full SharePoint team site to store content, and it also provides a shared OneNote notebook.

When will we be able to properly nest a group within a DL or other group so mail cascades through them ?

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Hi Steve, we're currently evaluating a few different scenarios with nesting. Is your primary scenario around mail delivery to multiple groups? Also, what is a higher prio... Read More

When will we see a better / more consistent navigation story across the different products.  In my view, it has been the biggest complaint and most confusing for our end users for a long long time.

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Definitely agree, and look forward to this, it has been a challenge to train and explain to users.
I agree. Simply keeping users in one tab as they click through different tiles and links would make a huge difference.
Hey Christophe are you guys envisioning a landing page of sorts for Groups or better consistency of how Groups are referenced/presented from each of the O365 services?
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Brent we agree there is room for improvement and we are currently working to improve the coherence and consistency across the apps.

We are very excited to kick of this hour of live Q&A with the Office 365 Groups product team! 

 

Please submit your questions as a new thread in the Office 365 Groups AMA space so we can easily identify and answer them. You can identify official Microsoft

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Hi, I'm Joel with a local government agency in the SF Bay Area, working with our Office 365/SharePoint team.

 

Hi Everyone! I am CC, O365 Admin at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

William Tait from Chula Vista Elementary School District in sunny San Diego checking in.
Adrienne Andrews - Microsoft Services Admin, SharePoint Primary Admin, University of New Hampshire

Hi, I'm Mike McLean. I'm a Program Manager on the O365 Groups engineering team here in Redmond.

Our team regularly is playing catch up regarding new feature roll out. Due to complexity, compliance, whatever our team usually has to start out by disabling something. Is there a better to stay on top of this? Or rollout to smaller subset of users? Or cu

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There is a feature that should help with this, called Message Center Digest. It is currently available to First Release (either tenant or user level), check it out:

 

https://blogs.office.com/2017/03/01/whats-new-in-office-365-administration-new-service-health-dashboard-now-generally-available/

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Will it ever be possible to have O365 Groups writeback to on-prem AD via AADConnect as Email-Enabled Security Groups as opposed to Distribution Lists?

 

We'd like to use them in other places from Active Directory, but since they are just DL's we have to mai

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Do you mind sharing why you'd like to have writeback? What is the scenario you are trying to accomplish? Groups were not really designed to be "security groups" as such.

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Blake this is something we are currently evaluating not there are third party solutions to transition PF to Groups from Binary Tree & Quadrotech

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We are very excited to announce an Office 365 Groups 'Ask Microsoft Anything' (AMA)!

 

The AMA will take place on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT in the Office 365 Groups AMA space. Add the event to your calendar and view in your

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