Here is an interesting scenario I ran into this week. I was asked to do a tenant to tenant migration of some Office 365 Groups. No big deal, just create new groups with the same name in the destination tenant and use a third party tool to move the content. <– Yes I said content, at this time you can’t move conversations.
So I go into the Office 365 Admin Center -> Group and click Add a group…
Unfortunately Office 365 Group is not available. So I got to check the Azure AD general settings for Groups and see Office 365 Group creation is set to No.
*** Update 07/23/2018*** This was partially caused by the Global Admin was set to an unlicensed user.
I then find out that the company has a group policy that only members of the Office 365 Creators security group can create Office 365 groups. I get added to that, but I still have a problem, it doesn’t add the option of Office 365 Group back to New Group page in the Office 365 admin center. You can only add a new Office 365 group through the Exchange Admin center. What’s the problem with that? It doesn’t create the SharePoint site on the back-end, so you can’t migrate your data.
I was stuck for a bit, because I didn’t want to enable Office 365 Group creation in Azure and when I went to the SharePoint admin center, it didn’t look like I could create one there, but it turns out you kind of can… Not in the old admin center, but Microsoft has released the preview of the admin center.
I clicked on Try the preview, went to Sites -> Site management and their is the option to Create site.
I clicked Create site and I get a pop up that asks me the type of site I want. The first option is exactly what I am looking for… Team site connected to Office 365 group.
I click on Team site and from there you just follow the wizard and you will end up with a SharePoint Team site connected to an Office 365 Group. 🙂
Hope this helps you out!