Associate Office 365 Groups to Existing SharePoint Sites
When creating an Office 365 Group, a SharePoint site is automatically created. Neither the user nor the administrator, however, have any control of where that group lives or what template it uses.
Ideally, users would be able to alternatively associate an Office 365 Group with an EXISTING SharePoint site, thus allowing them to a) choose any location, b) choose any template, and c) associate with current SharePoint infrastructure (instead of potentially duplicating content).
Obviously, the site would need to a) meet some preconditions, b) be upgraded to satisfy requirements, or c) have limited integration support. For instance, the site would need to have, at minimum, a Document Library and a (OneNote) Notebook to take advantage of current integrations. My preference would be to automatically add those features if they aren't already enabled, although this may introduce permissions issues.
I love the integration between Office 365 Groups, Planner, Yammer, SharePoint, and Exchange, but wish it provided more control, especially on the SharePoint side.
The SharePoint team has completed work that allows a user to begin with an existing SharePoint Team Site and “groupify” the site, thus creating a new Microsoft 365 Group attached to the existing site.
This functionality already exists, but you have to create the new Office 365 Group from within the SharePoint site to which you want the new group associated. This is done by clicking the gear icon within the site and selecting Connect to a new Office 365 Group.
There is a separate issue specifically for connecting an existing O365 Group to an existing SP site: https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/286611-office-365-groups/suggestions/35079844-connecting-existing-sharepoint-team-sites-to-exist
There is also a separate issue for merging two O365 Groups: https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/286611-office-365-groups/suggestions/19564996-merge-the-two-office-365-groups
It's possible these separate issues could all be rolled into one feature update, since they are requesting similar, if distinct, functionality.
Any progress on this? We already have a sharepoint site. When our O365 group was created, it automatically created a new sharepoint (sharepoint 2). I can use the group for planner, etc, which is great, but I wish I could link everything.
This has got to be worked on ASAP. It's almost 2019. The request was submitted 2 years ago.
This is really a great help in administering SharePoint sites.
Hi guys, is there any update on this?
We need to be able to change the link to the SharePoint site, so that it does not have to route to the Documents library. I would rather have it link to the Home page. Is it possible to change the url? I am referring to the SharePoint icon in the ribbon that links to the Files for the Group Site. Thank you.
Our ideal scenario would be to associate an O365 Group to an existing Doc Library, instead of to an existing Site. We are a small organization (5-10 people). Right now we collaborate on one site collection with about 10 Doc Libraries.
Any status on this ?
Ian Cunningham commented
I really can't understand why it is helpful to have every group create its own site. I have a simple application in a local council. We have some libraries and practically every library uses a column called meeting date - to collate documents by the meeting. (Councils by law can only do stuff at meetings so practically every document we have relates to one meeting or another). users find documents by using meetingdate in a view.
So this column is a site column.
But of course it cant be used in any of the office 365 groups that are created and as far as I can see my only option is to define the columns for each site (group) and then add i. Even programmatically that's a bore and explaining it to the office admin staff who have to help councillors access stuff is next to impossible.
Add a vote for me. I would love to be able to create a private group and attach it to my project server online pwa sharepoint sites.
It amazes me that you can't do this now. It's rather stupid to think that Microsoft would make a product and the only recourse you have as an admin is to tell your staff, well if you want a group, start over, or have documents, data, files, conversations and history in 2 locations.
I've also been told if you have an existing site mailbox...that will literally stop working in September of 2017.....
Brian Brant commented
Add a vote from me for this one