04-21-2017 04:21 AM
04-21-2017 04:21 AM
As I get a better insight in the use of Microsoft Office365 groups it becomes clear to me that the Office365 Group is an object in the Azure Active Directory. This object in conjubction with one or more different functions.
At first Office365 groups was an invention to replace distribution lists in Exchange. This new invention was so powerful that other productgroups als used it. Think about Planner and ofcourse Microsoft Teams. The functionality that was already in place also wanted to hook up with this new object, so Yammer and Sharepoint functionality was added.
At the moment, to create an Office365 group it is only possible when creating a mainfestation of this in Office365 group. I think that in the near future other functionalities will be added or developed.
Would it be feasable to create an Office365 group and add functionality to it instead of creating an Office365 group per manifestation?
04-21-2017 04:40 AM
If you mean creating a Group and "ticking" features for it (conversations, Teams, Planner etc.), no.
This kind of functionality has been requested many times here, but it is neither available nor promised.
04-21-2017 05:23 AM
04-21-2017 05:33 AM
04-25-2017 04:52 AM
So there is more to it than an entry in AAD. And more services are needed when creating an Office365 group. But once created, do in need to enhance it with every new manifestation of this phenomenon.
What is the rationale in it, to have so many manifestations of the same infrastructural object.
04-25-2017 05:43 AM
An Office 365 Group is an AAD object which could be "decorated" by a number of features, some of which are mandatory (meaning that they are always created when a Group is created - e.g. SPO modern team site) and others are optional (meaning that they are created only when explicitly requested - e.g. Teams). But, in any case, when one of the optional Group feature is activated, a Group is consequently created (together with its mandatory features).
04-25-2017 05:48 AM
Thanks @Salvatore Biscari.
Do you by any chance have a link to a matrix or something about which things are mandatory on what manifestation and which things are only optional per manifestation?
With kind regards, Jaap
04-25-2017 06:07 AM
No, unfortunately I don't have such a link.
Maybe @Juan Carlos González Martín could help...
04-25-2017 06:39 AM
Check any of the @Christophe Fiessinger slides about Groups (Ignite 2016 or TechCommunity ones)...basically there are 3-4 pillars that are mandatory for Groups:
(1) Azure AD
04-25-2017 12:52 PM
This is an infographic that I find helpful in explaining how an O365 AAD Object works.
04-25-2017 01:16 PM
05-01-2017 10:59 AM
It would be so much easier if the membership service had a different name than the UI instantiation.