Microsoft 365 learning pathways is a customizable, on-demand learning solution designed to increase usage and adoption of Microsoft 365 services in your organization.
Microsoft 365 learning pathways is a customizable, on-demand learning solution designed to increase usage and adoption of Microsoft 365 services in your organization. Learning Pathways consists of a fully customizable SharePoint Online Communication site collection, with content populated from the Microsoft online catalog; so, your content is always up to date. Learning Pathways provide integrated playlists to meet the unique needs of your organization.
M365 Learning Pathways build atop of the Look Book Provisioning Service and templates (https://lookbook.microsoft.com). In a previous blog post, we detailed the nuances of the Look Book Provisioning Service and additional steps required to deploy templates to GCC High tenants. Since Learning Pathways depend on the provisioning service to create a Communication site with customizations, via a Look Book template, this post details the additional steps to follow those from the earlier blog post.
Challenge – Using Learning Pathways in GCC High
Because of provisioning limitations in the GCC High sovereign cloud, documented installation instructions result in errors.
Microsoft strives to implement functionality parity between all sovereign clouds. However, since each Office 365 cloud type serves a different customer audience and requirements, functionality will differ between these cloud types. Of the M365 clouds – Commercial, Government Community Cloud, Government Community Cloud High, and DOD Cloud, the last two offer the least functionality to observe US federal mandates and compliance.
As Microsoft develops new functionality for Microsoft 365 and Azure clouds, we typically release new functionality to commercial customers first, and then to the other GCC, GCC High, and DOD tenants later as we comply with FedRAMP and other US Government mandates. Open-source offerings add another layer of complexity since open-source code contains community contribution and is seldom developed with government clouds in mind.
Apply Learning Pathways to GCC High
Manual configuration steps detailed below make Learning Pathways in GCC High possible.
Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways offers manual steps to support deployment to an existing SharePoint Online Communication site. Recall from the earlier blog post that the Look Book Provisioning Service is unable to establish a new site collection in GCC High, because of necessary restrictions. We, therefore, deploy Learning Pathways using the manual steps with a pre-provisioned Communication site collection.
Manual setup of Learning Pathways requires experience working with Windows PowerShell and the SharePoint Online Management Shell.
Before getting into the manual steps, we must meet prerequisites for manual install of Learning Pathways, the following is a summary:
Create and designate a new Communication in SharePoint Online for Learning Pathways.
Create a tenant-wide application catalog (steps below).
Install the latest SharePoint PnP.
Perform all steps as a SharePoint Tenant Administrator.
We begin by creating a new Communication site via the SharePoint Administration site: