Private Channels populated by a security group in Teams

Copper Contributor

Hey all,

I am working on a project that involves moving out a large amount of semi-official collaboration spaces to a centralized official area. 

I have about 30 groups that need a centralized place to collaborate but also have their own private spaces not accessible to other groups. Additionally, the group makeup changes often throughout the year.

I built a sharepoint site that has a Microsoft Team. The Microsoft Team has a public general channel accessible to anyone in my org, while there are several private channels, the idea is that each group has their own private channel but can collaborate in the general channel, add their events to the calendar in the general channel, etc.

I created security groups for every single group and I have segmented out the sharepoint site according to the security groups. However, I have hit a roadblock with the private channel permissions.

I seem unable to add a security group to allow access to a private channel in teams and this is a huge deal breaker. 

I need some way to dynamically populate a private channel, it is borderline unfeasible for someone to manage the 30 groups manually in teams throughout the year as each group changes nearly constantly.

Is there anyway that I can make this work? I can add security groups for the team itself, but not private channels.

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Microsoft Teams does not support adding security groups to private channels directly.

Private channels in Microsoft Teams create focused spaces for collaboration within your teams.

Only the users on the team who are owners or members of the private channel can access the channel.

The person who creates a private channel is the private channel owner and only the private channel owner can directly add or remove people from it.

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