O365 Group created from Teams don’t show up in Outlook desktop and online

Up until a few months ago, when I created a new Microsoft Teams team, it would also show me a mailbox and calendar for the underlying O365 group in Outlook 2016/2019 and OWA.  I then spent a lot of time baffled and trying to figure out what changed.

Finally I found the answer on a Tony Redmond post.  Clutch as usual, thx Tony!  The short answer was that Exchange Online has an O365 Groups setting called “HiddenFromExchangeClientsEnabled” that was used to be defaulted to false, but Microsoft changed it to default to true.

I get the rational…for most non-Exchange O365 services (Teams/Planner/others) default implementations/use cases (where there is no implemented governance controls on who can create a team/plan/etc.), users may not want/need or even understand that there is a mailbox tied to their new group when they create the team.  The problem is that there are many use cases where access to the mailbox was intended/needed.

The only current solution I found so far to this issue is to create the O365 group in Exchange/Outlook first and then when creating the Teams’ team, use the existing O365 group.  This however is a bit of a hassle and not at all practical in any organization where you want to allow users (non-IT staff) to create teams.

Others have proposed that Microsoft should allow the option to show the mailbox when creating the team in Teams (see User Voice post).  I agree with this, but also wanted to find a way to add this option as part of an automated controlled Teams creation/governance process.  Unfortunately other than using the Exchange PowerShell module, I haven’t found an API solution yet (including Graph/AzureADPreview).  If someone knows of or finds one, please hit me up!!!

If you are running into this issue as well and you want to use the Exchance PowerShell module for now, I found a few articles on the interweb, but Tony Redmond’s is the best explanation and Morgan TechSpace has the most concise directions.  Cheers.


SharePoint & OneDrive round-up from #msignite

When Ignite 2017 closed, like many others, I’m was blown away with all the updates…Its like they actually listened to most of my customers’ asks for the past 5 years and finally got around to implementing them.  The shear amount of updates is what is mind blowing!  SharePoint and OneDrive are almost a complete revamp after they finish with pushing out all these updates.  This isn’t to mention all the integration improvements with all the other O365 products, services, and apps.

Nick Brattoli from Collab365 has written a great round-up of all the updates.

Andrew Connell also wrote a great round-up of all the SharePoint Dev specific updates.

Below are some of the things that I found worth noting as major announcements:

  1. Greatly improved analytics (including file view)
  2. SharePoint Framework (SPFx) Web APIs & Permission Scope access
  3. SharePoint Framework (SPFx) ALM APIs & Permission Scopes
  4. Files on demand for OneDrive & SharePoint
  5. SharePoint HUB Sites
  6. Self-service OneDrive restore
  7. Universal Sharing interface, no matter which application you are in
  8. No Microsoft account needed for sharing securely
  9. Group enabled site collections will finally be listed in SharePoint Admin center
  10. SharePoint Framework (SPFx) tenant wide deployments
  11. SharePoint Site Collection App Catalog
  12. New SharePoint Admin center
  13. File preview for 270+ content types
  14. Page embedded Microsoft Forms & custom forms via PowerApps
  15. Microsoft built migration tool
  16. SharePoint Server 2019 – on premise (along with Office, Exchange, and SfB 2019)
    • Note that the SfB client is planned to be integrated with the Teams client…I therefore expect the branding of SfB Server 2019 will change before release
  17. General improvements and improved integration to many of the other O365 apps and capabilities (SPFx, Search, Groups, Teams, Planner, PowerApps/Flow, PowerBI, Reporting, Security/Privacy/Compliance, etc.)
  18. SharePoint Conference NA

Others have been voting on their favorite features.

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