Aug 25 2017 12:02 PM - last edited on Nov 09 2023 11:09 AM by rpistor
We have an Office 365 group and I granted a user "owner" permission, but she got permission error in her Outlook like below when she tried to edit the group.
However she is able to edit the Distribution Group in her Outllok if she is an owner.
My questions are:
1. Is there a way that I can convert Office 365 to Distribution group?
2. Is there a way to grant a user permission to manager the Office 365 group memebrs?
Aug 25 2017 02:01 PM
Aug 25 2017 02:22 PM
It doen't work. I added a user as owner but the user couldn't manage the group. See the error message in my previous post.
Aug 26 2017 07:52 AMSolution
Only Outlook 2016 properly recognizes Groups and allows you to manage their members. And you need to use the relevant Group controls, not the address book dialog. Check the documentation here: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Add-and-remove-group-members-in-Outlook-3b650f4a-5c9b-4f94-...
Aug 26 2017 11:26 AM
Yes, it works. many thanks!
I think the message confused me. It should say something like "Please manage members in Group" insdead of permission error.
Aug 29 2017 08:38 AM
Yes, you can convert an Office 365 Group to a distribution group. You'll have to do it with PowerShell, but the code is easy.
Capture the properties of the existing Office 365 group with Get-UnifiedGroup
Create the new DL with New-DistributionGroup
Update the properties with Set-DistributionGroup
Read the details of the group members with Get-UnifiedGroupLinks
Add the owners to the distribution group with Set-DistributionGroup
Update the DL members with Add-DistributionGroupMember
Dec 26 2017 11:37 PM
Dec 28 2017 04:25 AM - edited Aug 09 2021 02:45 PM
Sure. Send me details of a valid credit card and I'll be happy to write the code...
But seriously, the steps are very straightforward as per my earlier response.
Aug 07 2018 12:39 PM
This does not look like a conversion it looks like you are recreating it as a DL but you get an error when you are using the same name from a group when creating a DL. It does not appear you can convert but delete and recreate as a DL.....
Sep 05 2018 05:34 AM
Sep 05 2018 05:39 AM
Dynamic Office 365 Groups are a solution when you want to control membership. Admins need to update AAD before someone can leave a dynamic group.
Sep 05 2018 06:05 AM
This feature requires an Azure AD Premium P1 license. We are a small non-profit with about 20 employees. Paying $120 a month on top of our Office365 subscription just so we can use dynamic groups is not fiscally responsible. Microsoft keeps changing options and features just so it can monetize functionality. As a long time user of MS products, for the first time in my 20 year career, I am starting to seek alternatives.
Sep 05 2018 06:36 AM
It's absolutely true that dynamic groups is a premium feature. To be fair to Microsoft, although I have loudly protested the need for premium licenses for this and other features, they have been consistent in their pricing model for dynamic groups for the last couple of years and did a lot of work to clarify the issue for other premium features at Ignite 2017. See https://www.petri.com/microsoft-clarifies-premium-features-office-365-groups for details.
If you don't want to use dynamic groups, use PowerShell to track the changes made to groups and add back users who leave. See https://practical365.com/collaboration/groups/powershell-script-generate-reports-groups-office-365/ for an example.
Oct 31 2018 03:43 PM
You can use this script to convert your Unified Groups back to Distros.
Convert Unified Groups to Distribution Lists [Data Loss Warning!]: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/office/Convert-Unified-Groups-to-808ecc71
Mar 09 2020 08:01 AM
Aug 14 2020 01:27 PM
@Tony Redmond just a reminder that at some point, you were new to this too. There's no need to treat people like that.