Hide private groups from GAL by default
As soon as someone creates a private group, this should by default be hidden from GAL.
There are PowerShell CmdLets which allow administrators to hide/show the groups from the GAL. However this is a post-facto activity. With many users and groups this is very tedious and many times we don't even come know that a group has been created by someone somwhere.
Following up on the previous update, if a workload (such as Planner) is enabled for Outlook by default, we don’t plan on hiding those groups from the GAL. The only other scenario currently under consideration where we would hide groups by default is “Secret Groups”. “Secret Groups” would be hidden from everywhere unless you are a member. “Secret groups” is on the Microsoft 365 Groups backlog, but there is no delivery date available at this time.
Can't believe this isn't fixed yet as it seems like the most basic of functions. Why the #"$! would we want a bunch of random groups cluttering up the address book? I'm trying to find ways to disable Planner, Teams and SharePoint to avoid this problem altogether.
When you release this option, please allow admin to manage the options to allow users to create only secret groups across Organization or all 3.
We prefer the option like end users can create only Secret groups in my Organization and Admins can create Private or Public Groups.
Adam Janecke commented
Any updates on this O365 Feedback team? Our environment would have serious problems with the current options of public/private. Can you just change private to have the same settings as "Secret"? The "private" group setting is not that "private" if people can email that email address and it shows up in the GAL (I just had this happen today).
its 2018 now, this option is still not available. its not a big issue until firm wide MS teams adoption. Every group created by users in MS teams are (suppose to be O365 group, but its kinda not) showing in the Global Address list, creating mass confusion. MS support tech has given us a command to hide all O365 groups from Global Address list, however its not ideal since we need to run in periodically. Anyways, for those who are interested:
To hide all O365 groups from GAL
Get-UnifiedGroup -ResultSize unlimited | Set-UnifiedGroup -HiddenFromAddressListsEnabled $true
To enable specific O365 group in GAL
Set-UnifiedGroup -Identity email@example.com -HiddenFromAddressListsEnabled $false
would be awesome to hide groups from the GAL.
This is the only reason we haven't deployed this outside our IT group. If this goes on much longer I fear we'll be forced down the Spark path because of Microsoft's inability to create a legitimate admin console for Teams.
This has been in the plans for two years - will it be implemented?
Just want to add my voice to the others. We need this ability at the time of group creation.
There should be just simple check boxes for the O365 Group owner from the group edit properties whether to show the group in GAL and/or members are allowed to send mail to it as there are many many O365 groups get created from Many O365 apps/service and some has many many users in them. This is simple crazy as everyone is allowed to send mails to these groups by default....
"later this year" lol we are coming up on 2 years since you made that declaration. WTF
Much Needed fucntionality, which is missing. As Groups integration for backend user needs it is creating clutter in OWA. What practice does MS recommend to manage this? We want to see clean managed Gloabl Address list and give user the flexibility to be able to create groups for other office related fucntionality.....
Tony W. commented
Need an easy way to limit visual ability. Same here about students requesting access to Private Groups that are meant for faculty and staff. It's not their fault, they just think it's related to courses they're taking. We just rolled out Teams with the new semester, and now getting several requests for students to join groups.
Alex Torrens commented
for something as simple as hiding a group in office 365 should be an option to click on or off, instead of doing a powershell script. Thank You
Simon Wright commented
A problem highlighted for us since #MSTeams has taken off - can't have these going into the GAL by default, it's just wrong and will prevent our adoption.
John Moe commented
This should be merged with this one so votes can be counted together: https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/286611-office-365-groups/suggestions/8158710-ability-to-hide-groups-that-are-considered-privat
Andrew Schwalbe commented
This is definitely a needed feature. Bonus if we can make secret the default option for newly created groups. We like having the flexibility for associates to create their own groups, but it is destroying our GAL and the option of hiding all the groups from the GAL, although workable, has it's own set of drawbacks.
Alex Pitzner commented
This is fast becoming a problem for us as well. As soon as we make a new group it is bombarded with requests to join from our students.
We need the ability to create groups private by default.
Murray Webber commented
The lack of progress on this, and/or option for default HiddenFromAddressListsEnabled option, has resulted in our School SERIOUSLY considering the disabling of Office 365 Groups for our users. In fact, I've recently been made of aware of several nearby schools, and the administrators for a very large group of schools, that have already chosen to disable Group creation. Come on Microsoft. You're losing momentum, and people are disabling your functionality, because things like this aren't in place; and once people make a decision to disable, it's going to be super-hard to convince them to re-enable it down the track. This is bad.
I asked Christophe Fiessinger (Office 365 Program Manager) about this, and he told me it's still on the backlog but not something they have prioritized.
Clearly the first rule about secret groups is... You don't talk about secret groups.
You can hide them from the GAL with powershell though:Co nect to exchange online and Set-UnifiedGroup -Id Group -HiddenFromAddressListsEnabled $True