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Be able to Nest Groups like Distribution Groups

Be able to Nest Groups like Distribution Groups. I decided to convert a lot of our team DGs to O365 groups without realizing I wouldn't be able to nest them

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      • Daniel Schnyder commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We have a customer which would like to manage the membership of groups with Azure AD Security groups. So he can handle the membership in AD. For example he would like to add the management to of an department to all office groups which are associated to the department. So we need nesting of AD Groups.

      • ARib commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Using the Groups nesting feature Microsoft could really make available to companies a new and extremely useful and productive feature which would be to set-up the organizational chart of the company in which users could be added to multiple groups in a series of nesting groups.

        Using this aggregation a visual chart should be made available to the entire organization in order to provide an intuitive way to browse through all groups and users, making it easy to find the right groups / people to contact.

      • Capn Ron commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is table stakes for a corporation. I'm a bit shocked it doesn't exist, as Outlook and Office have existed for decades. Gmail is so far ahead of you on this, albeit not without their own quirks.

        There should also be a better way to derive and automatically update the hierarchy from another database like PeopleSoft, Active Directory, etc. Keeping groups up to date has always been a big challenge.

      • Greg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This came up as an ideal feature for a HR team that consists of payroll, recruitment, L&D and generalist, wanting to keep it tidy and clean in our Team's app.

      • T Spriggs commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes, please add this feature. It would be very beneficial to large organizations transitioning to O365, and wanting to make use of dynamic rules and groupings.

      • Ryan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There is an ignite session from 2016 promising this functionality, what is the hold up :)! It would be fantastic to be able to add Mail Enabled security objects, other Office 365 Groups, Distribution List and Security Groups into an O365 Group. Further, if any of those objects had nested items under them like a DL named Marketing-USA which consists of Marketing-EastCoast and Marketing-WestCoast under it.

      • KM@PATH commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We use o365 groups to manage our access to our SharePoint, Outlook distribution groups and Box folders. The absence of nest groups makes nearly impossible to manage access privileges across dozens of groups. I'd like a solution similar to what Google G-Suite developed: https://support.google.com/a/answer/167100?hl=en. What more do you need to know?

      • Oscar Stankard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Come on really, how long is it going to take, you've been 'just about' to fix 365 group nesting for 3 years now? I can't remember the number of times I thought I'd check back on this and find it's been fixed and then find still not.

        If you can't call it nesting perhaps you'd permit us to 'tag' users with certain 'skills' or 'trust' so we can use dynamic membership to build the group, rather than see it as a 'groups of groups'. Either way having to manually add every single member basically renders the system unusable for groups above 20 people. And who's going to learn powershell and develop/find a script just to do what they can do with a normal group? A script that runs several times a day to check updates to subordinate groups, and would have to be the only way group changes are made or cause conflicts, the more I think about it the more broken it sounds.

        Please please please just let 365 groups allow nesting already, or even elude to the reason you can't / no longer want to for the sake of my sanity.

      • Mike Honn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Maybe a way around this if we could populate distribution groups with Office365 groups. So long as they were dynamic it should work.

      • Mike Honn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes for sure. Without this, we have to put people in several groups. If they were nested then we could just add the subgroups to the larger group and the email and sharing would then flow properly.

      • Wai Li (Solution Architect) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree this is missing. If 365 groups are used in a departmental context you will want to nest them in an organisational hierarchy or have the ability to add them to exiting DL hierarchy.

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