Office 365 Groups

What are Office 365 Groups?

Office 365 Groups are groups of both internal and external colleagues as well as a collection of resources that differ based on your requirements. The basis of an Office 365 Group is a SharePoint Site Collection. Office 365 Groups connect regular SharePoint groups with collaboration tools like Planner or OneNote. You can create Office 365 Groups with Outlook, Planner, Yammer, Teams, Stream, SharePoint, Admin Center and our Collaboration Manager 365. In the following we will take a look at how Office 365 Groups are created with Outlook, Teams, Admin Center, SharePoint and the Collaboration Manager.

Create Office 365 Groups with Outlook

If your conversations happen primarily per email, Outlook should be preferred to create Office 365 Groups. Outlook provides a mailbox for the Group where emails are shown with all the responses. Your Office 365 Group also includes a SharePoint Document library integrated into Outlook, a shared calendar and OneNote as well as a complete SharePoint Site Collection.

Create Office 365 Groups with Teams

You should create Office 365 Groups with Teams if your conversations happen primarily per live chat and online meetings. Teams provides live chatrooms where you can create channels to split conversations on specific topics. Meetings support both audio and video with the chat being saved. Chatbots are also a possible addition.

Create Office 365 Groups with the Admin Center

You can create an Office 365 Group through the Admin Center and add other tools later.

Create Office 365 Groups with SharePoint

If you are already using SharePoint, you can create an Office 365 Group through SharePoint and add other tools, like Planner, later.

Create Office 365 Groups with Collaboration Manager

Creating Office 365 Groups is also possible using our Collaboration Manager App for SharePoint. You can simply create an Office 365 Group by choosing O365 Group as a Content Type and filling in the form. You even have the option of migrating it directly to Microsoft Teams.

Tools included in Office 365 Groups

Office 365 Groups mostly include the same tools, Office 365 Groups created by Yammer are currently an exception. Outlook mailbox and calendar for managing meetings and events, a fully functional SharePoint Site Collection, Teams Chat if the Office 365 Group is private and has less than 600 users, Planner for managing tasks, OneNote for keeping notes and if the Office 365 Group is created by Outlook or Teams an integrated Document Library. An Office 365 Group created with Yammer doesn’t include Teams Chat, an integrated Document library or Outlook.

Office 365 Group Visibility

When creating an Office 365 Group there are a few things to keep in mind. For example, there are two different visibility options available: public and private. In public Office 365 Groups everyone in your company has access to the content and any colleague can join. If the visibility is set to private, only the members of the Office 365 Group can see the content and only the owner can invite other members.

The default visibility is based on the tool used to create the Office 365 Group but can be set while creating. Outlook apps, Planner and Yammer create public Office 365 Groups, while Outlook on the web, SharePoint, Stream and Teams create private Office 365 Groups.

Default Permission Groups

There are three different default permission groups. Owners are like moderators. They can add and remove members, delete Chats and change Office 365 Group settings like description and name. Members can see all the content and can invite Guests but can’t change settings. Guests are external colleagues and have the same permissions as Members. You can of course add your own permission group and configure the permissions for each one.

Provision Office 365 Groups

There are two ways of provisioning Office 365 Groups. Office 365 Groups are “open” per default. Therefore, all members can create new Office 365 Groups. The other option is “controlled” which means that only a security group can create new Office 365 Groups. Controlled provisioning is especially helpful to keep an overview of the created Office 365 Groups.

Manage Office 365 Groups

To manage Groups, you can use the Microsoft 365 Admin Center, Microsoft Azure, Collaboration Manager or PowerShell. In the Admin Center you can change the general settings of the Office 365 Group like name and description and add members and owners to an existing Office 365 Group.

Deleting an Office 365 Group

Because there is no automatic way to delete Office 365 Groups, you can manually delete them through the Admin Center or the Collaboration Manager. You have to delete Office 365 Groups separately in the Admin Center, while you can delete multiple Office 365 Groups simultaneously through the Collaboration Manager.

Collaboration Manager 365 Update – Enjoy new features!

We are happy to announce an update for our popular site provisioning tool Collaboration Manager 365.
Enjoy our new features and learn about current fixes!

 

Solutions2Share is proud to announce a new update for the Collaboration Manager 365. Our popular site provisioning tool was updated on 19.06.18.

Besides the update of our companies logo, we made a couple of fixes and upgraded the Collaboration Manager 365 with additional features.

 

We deliver you an overview of changes made with the update on 19.06.18:

 

Features:

  • Teams: Provisioning of Teams is now possible! Use the ContentType ‘O365 Group’ from the WorkspaceList. Reinstallation of CM365 is required to use this new feature
  • Remove deleted sites from the SP recycle bin! We added a hidden site to CM 365 to remove deleted sites. Visit our Knowledge Base to learn more
  • Unlicensed users are now able to create and own Classic Sites, Groups and Teams!

 

Fixes:

  • Classic Sites: Standard permission groups form the template have been copied to Workspace. After provisioning, permission groups were available both from the template and Workspace
  • Classic Sites: WorkspaceList deleted all permissions of the type ‘SecurityGroup’
  • Workspace permission page displays CM-fields Owners and Members. These fields may only be used for the provisioning of groups and teams
  • General improvements of the provisioning engine

 

In order to maintain our product, regular updates are made. In this time, some of our features may not be available. Our support team informs you in time about the next maintenance window.

If you have any questions regarding the update or our products, don’t hesitate to contact us: support@solutions2share.net

New Collaboration Manager version released for SharePoint Online – May 2017

We are happy to announce a new Version of the Collaboration Manager for Office 365 or more specifically for SharePoint Online. The new version has been released today (12.05.2017), please contact support if you experience any issues with it.

What is new?

  • Support of BindTuning themes.

What was fixed?

  • Bug in the provisioning of SharePoint Designer 2013.
  • Process of generating sub site URL’s.

Thanks for your patience while we did the release. We want you to have the best possible online experience and sometimes that means we need to perform maintenance activities. Our priority is always the health of your solution.

Collaboration Manager 365 supports BindTuning themes

The Collaboration Manager 365 (CM365) supports now the provisioning of BindTuning themes. You can easily activate and configure your BindTuning theme in our SharePoint template. Finally, you just have to save the template. Now your template includes the BindTuning theme and you can create workspaces from it!

Let me show you how to do that:

1. Activate the BindTuning theme in the Solution Gallery of your CM365 template.

Activate BindTuning theme

2. Configure the settings for the BindTuning theme.

Navigate to the BindTuning settings page and configure your BindTuning theme.

Navigate to BindTuning settings page.

In this example, I configured tokens that will be added to the page footer.

Configured BindTuning tokens

3. Save the template.

Navigate to the Template list and save the template.

Save the Collaboration Manager template

4. Create workspaces based on your CM365 template.

Go to the Workspaces list and create a new list item based on your template which contains the BindTuning theme.

Create workspace based on BindTuning theme

As you can see, the Collaboration Manager 365 has imported your BindTuning theme with all settings.

Provisioned workspace with BindTuning theme

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