Groups should be hidden from the GAL by default
Due to the fact that is no proper validation in group names apart from suffix/prefix, the GAL is now an inconsistent mess. By default, all groups should be hidden from the GAL where admins can upon request based on the nature of the group< can un-hide them.
This is currently the case if groups are created via MS teams and it is causing so many issues. It should have a simple tickbox to hide or unhide in the group settings.
Mike DiVergilio commented
I like this idea, but I would only apply this to private groups as well as hide the group members. Public groups should remain in the GAL and unhidden by default.
add a simple check box, check here to make the email address available for everyone to see in the GAL.
Also here is another thread for the same request:
Just ran into this today. It was confusing for the user, who is on a Mac, know if they were sending to the correct group of people or not. Our issue was the display name was exactly the same for the Office 365 group and for an email distribution list.
There should be a GUI feature (like a checkbox) for Admins to enable or disable the appearance of an Office 365 group in the GAL.
100% agree. Spend I do not know how much effort on a clean, harmonized GAL and now it becomes a mess.
Stop this function
Bob Wilkerson commented
These Office 365 Groups that users can create have become a real problem in education. Teachers and students create random groups either out of boredom or some teachers think they are contact/distribution groups for their private outlook. They should be hidden by default or at the very least have the option to check a box in Office 365 to hide them and not have to go through complicated PowerShell scripts.
I would like to see at least 4 "Global Options"
1 Allow anyone to add groups to the GAL
2. Don't allow any groups to be added to the GAL
3.Only allow groups created by "name the group" to be added to the GAL
4.Any groups created are submitted to "name the group" for approval
Star D. commented
We are trying to clean up our AD and GAL, and O365 Groups just gave every Tom, **** and Harry in our organization the ability to add entries to the GAL!
The end users aren't familiar with IT's naming conventions and policies because they've never had access to the GAL before. If these groups functioned like contact lists and remained personal, this wouldn't be an issue.