Allow conversion of 365 groups back to distribution lists.
Allow Unified Groups to be converted back into plain old distribution lists. I know this does not align with Microsoft's strategic plans, but frankly groups have too many quirks and many users are accustomed to the way distribution lists work. Please allow easy conversion from a unified group back to a distribution list, either via Powershell or the GUI.
I agree that Office 365 email groups need to have the ability to be converted to a Distribution Group. The O365 groups DO NOT provide all the functionality of a Distribution Group required in our organization.
John Panycia commented
The long end of it is this...ts worth noting that the script link that Clint Oliveira provided that indicates that has a data loss warning is kind of silly. Any thing that converts an O365 group to a DL is going to delete the SharePoint site and the security descriptors that go with the O365 group.
I have not tested the script yet or done the deep dive on the script line by line, but outwardly it appears to recreate the DL's using the information from the O365. It also has some nice mechanics to it that make this more than a simple script. It has some fancy options to it I like. After I do some rigorous testing and analysis, I will report my findings
The short end of it is Clint Oliveira has provided us with an excellent link to a great script that will do exactly what we want it to do. A big hearty thank you goes out to Clint!
John Panycia commented
I can't stand these office 365 groups. The latest for me is I am trying to create a mailbox that currently has its alias (mailbox nick name not the proxy address.) But that is currently being used by an O365 group. I limited options for dealing with O365 groups. I am tempted to write a script that will delete all my Office 365 groups and replace them with DL's. Its absolutely absurd that these things are rammed down our throats. I don't want the functionality in my interface to create or convert. I want these things out of my environment. If they did what a public folder could do, I would use them. But they can't track readers. They don't have sent items. They are useless. These are Microsoft's New Coke!
I need to convert 365 group back to DL because it will not accept an external email as a member.
Clint Oliveira commented
You ca use this script to convert your Unified Groups back to Distros.
Convert Unified Groups to Distribution Lists [Data Loss Warning!]: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/office/Convert-Unified-Groups-to-808ecc71
o365 group is bullsht, sending emails to it , its not even forwarding to its members.
R Artes commented
Agreed. Someone created an Office365 group which they can no longer manager (even though they are the owner) they can't add or remove members.
Do changing back to a DL is a valid option.
I absolutely agree with this. Most of the time, the people creating it only want a list, not the group.
Agreed! Office 365 groups are a mess!
This would be welcome. We've had some "buyer's remorse" from departments who have had the conversion done and it would be good to be able to reverse the process easily.
Yes, please. Not even admins (let alone super users) knows what they are doing when converting old DL's to 365 Groups. They only see the consequences after, and can't reverse it.