Linking new MS Teams to existing SharePoint

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Hi,

 

When creating new MS Teams an underlying Sharepoint site is automatically created.

However, we already have a SharePoint structure with a hub (communication site) and several team sites below. We would like the Teams SharePoints to be part of our existing SharePoint structure - instead of them just floating around by themselves. How do we do this?

 

/Anne

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You can (optionally) delete your default Teams Connected (Group Connected) SharePoint site first:

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/delete-a-sharepoint-site-or-subsite-bc37b743-0cef-475e-9a8c...

 

And then connect your existing site as described in the article below:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/skypehybridguy/2017/10/28/microsoft-teams-use-an-existing-sharep...

 

Hope this helps...

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Not sure if it's a good idea to delete the SharePoint site first since it's required for Teams to work...what I would do here is to take a look at the Groupify concept that allows you to connect an existing site (this is not supported for the site types we have in SPO) to a Group and then create a Team using the exiting Group for membership and to re-use the other Group components
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Yup what Carlos said. However I don’t think it’s possible to groupify yet, as I don’t recall it being released? Also comm sites can’t be groupified either I think only classic siTes.
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Hi! The link you provided regarding this topic now says that this is no longer a valid process. What is the new process for taking my existing Sharepoint and adding it to my new Teams channel?

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I have the same issue. Any practicable solution yet?
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Hopefully this helps:  Was able to connect existing O365 SharePoint site to new Teams Group by clicking on 'Add cloud storage' - Select 'SharePoint' - Relevant sites - displayed list of existing SharePoint sites - Selected the desired existing SharePoint site, clicked Next and now the desired SharePoint site displays in my new Teams Group.

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I acctually have the same situation, but I would like to create a Team in MS Teams from existing SharePoint Modern site. We have a lot of sites already in use. Have you find a easy way to do that?

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Hi @tinca13

There is currently a uservoice on this to be able to have this native functionality, but it's on the backlog

https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/16930312-create-team-from-exis...

I think you would need to consider the workarounds suggested in this article. I would include a rip and replace of the SharePoint site if you really need this functionality. There just isn't a simple way to do this at present.

Best, Chris
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@condrami I tried this approach as well, but was unable to get past inserting the link to the SharePoint site due to our SP instance being server-based vs. cloud.  I like to think that it would work with the cloud version, but am skeptical...

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Hi,

The best solution I found for my application was to add my existing Sharepoint page as a website.

 

The way to do this it to click the "+" at the top of your Teams' page, then select "Website".  You can then paste the link to your Sharepoint page and name the tab as you please.


For me, I just wanted teammates to be able to navigate through the Sharepoint without having to open a browser page.  This fulfilled this need.

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There is one other way if it hasn't been mentioned.

 

If you're a SharePoint Admin, use the SharePoint Migration tool or a tool such as ShareGate to migrate the existing Sharepoint site to the new O365 Group site. Probably the simplest thing to do for smaller sites.

 

@KVandy22 

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I was wondering if this solution allows the Document (Channel folders) library in the underlying SP Team site, to be updated when someone in the TEAM side adds an file to the Channel.
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@Paul Pascha 

That article no longer works.
The UI is substantially different and there is no obvious correlation between the old screenshots and what is available today.

 

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@DavidBarnes In my experience if you create a channel with the same name, capitalization, etc. in Teams it will link to the existing SharePoint doc library of the same name.

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@condrami Click on 'add cloud storage' where?

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I have a similar situation. We have an existing SharePoint site which we want to continue to use. However, I have a new Teams site and wish to connect few select folders within our existing SharePoint. When I'm trying to connect the cloud in Teams, it's prompting me to connect to something akin to the larger SharePoint site. I just want a few folders, not the whole thing. Is it possible to do that?