Create Team from existing SharePoint site, and other requests
1 User Request on SharePoint:
Enable integration of Microsoft Teams to an existing SharePoint site rather than to always create a new site collection
There have been a few ideas raised on integrating lists, OneNote, document libraries, etc. from an existing SharePoint site with Microsoft Teams, but in summary, it will be best if we could create a team upon on existing site, so that the "Files" and "Notes" tabs would directly reference the existing document library and OneNote in SharePoint. It does not make sense to have two separate sites: one for all the usual SharePoint stuff, and another just for Microsoft Teams.
2: Link to Existing SharePoint Sites
Trying to link my Team up to an existing SharePoint site - only seem to be able to link to individual folders rather than the whole document library, meaning that if i want all folders on the Team i need to create multiple tabs to get this. Would be good to link to a whole document library rather than one folder.
3: Other Asks
Post Team chat to SP microfeed
Connect team sites onenote if available (replace default notes)
Add links to existing document libraries (replace default files)
Add links to existing lists
Add support for SharePoint taxonomy and managed metadata, SharePoint views etc :D
This feature request is working its way through the backlog queue. No new details are available yet.
Re creating a Team from an existing SP site: it needs to apply to classic templates as well as modern.
Anna-Marie Ferguson commented
We are desperate for this function to prevent the creation of all of the siloed file organisation and hide the default file storage and link to an exisiting heirachy to give visibility accross our more senior people to access without being a member of every Team and enabling the channel posts to stay private. I echo Marie in March i cant believe this wasnt thought of by Microsoft.
A Val commented
We have a few hundred older SharePoint sub-sites (NOT BASED ON GROUPS) that need to be converted to Teams.
We have professors trying to save as much of the old documentation as possible on loose USB sticks> and then attempting to transfer everything manually into Teams! We'd be so relieved if we could upgrade the standard SharePoint doc libraries from older sites to Teams.
Teams deployment has been super limited for our Org. for this exact reason.
We have spent years developing our SharePoint sites "not group sites" and need to keep our doc libraries with-in them.
It would be huge to have request #2 implemented for teams.
Nead sharepoint subsite to Teams team, cant make subsite to group site, niead ide or tool
This can be done
- create a Group from your existing SharePoint Site
- then create your Team from that group
It will actually upgrade your existing SP site to the new version while existing site content, hierarchy and permissions remain the same
Anglican Family Care commented
Yes! This would be really useful to our organisation too.
1. Login to the Admin 365 Center
2. Navigate to Groups from the left side menu
3. Select the existing group (Sharepoint site)
4. Select the Microsoft Teams tab
5. Click the Create a Team button
@Jennifer, that is only a workaround and not the request.
I can add 50 tabs with sites from SP but that will not connect my new team with an excisting SP site that is even an office365 group.
Hi! Add the website part and paste your current SharePoint site URL. :) Now, you can access your existing SharePoint site within Teams. There is also an icon to quickly open the site in your browser.
current available choices are: create a new team from
- Office365 group
In your screenshot it's obvious a group. Currently it is not possible to create a team based on "normal" SharePoint Online site.
Maria Espino commented
Guys.... SHAREPOINT CAME FIRST, its been around for nearly 2 decades, you don't think that people will want to create new Teams workspaces for EXISTING SharePoint sites AND be able to retain the hub site functionality? That's crazy to think that you didn't think of this.
Does anyone know if it's possible to add a O365 Group / MS Team to a specific subsite rather that just the top level site collection?
Manoj K commented
Seems this capability is already there ! See the attached. You can go to the SharePoint site and simply click on that purple link below to associate a new Team for that site.
If you are using modern sharepoint sites (with office 365 groups) it is pretty easy to create a Team from an existing sharepoint site. (see attached).
To make teams work, you will need an O365 group
Is there an update on this request? This should be standard functionality. There is so much effort that goes into managing sharepoint sites that having randomly created sites from teams that don't link to existing sharepoint sites ultimately results in 2 sharepoint sites for a project and becomes a maintenance nightmare.
Shawn Fielding commented
Wait, isn't being able to create a Team from an existing SharePoint site already done? Swear I have done it.
Maria Espino commented
We absolutely NEED this ability... in fact when you create a new TEAMS workspace, it should NOT automatically create a new SharePoint site, but rather give you a pop up to either create a new site OR link to an existing site.
So many of us have had SharePoint running in our organizations for YEARS now, have invested a TON of money into its management, migration, and governance. This makes SOOOO many of my clients HOLD OFF on getting into Teams (they are HANGING ON to SFB for dear life) because they don't want new freaking sites created every time they use a Teams workspace!!!
PLEASE UPDATE THIS TO A PRIORITY and off the backlog, Warren.
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Managing Consultant for Catapult Systems, Inc.
Are there any updates on this request? The last message from the development team is from August 2018, it is now December 2019.
Why is Microsoft creating silos within SharePoint - with existing historical drives/files on one side and "Team" files on the other?
In my own company, the Document Libraries replaced the "Drives" of our old, on-premises server. Each drive (main company, subsidiary, HR, etc.) had many sub folders for different operations (marketing, accounting, stats, etc.) that had been accumulating projects and files for years. This separation, however, has made Teams the workspace and our existing SharePoint an historical repository for final documents. That only works if people remember to transfer their files back over once they are done in Teams. What if the Team leader leaves for another job, who's going to remember to transfer the files?
When creating a new Team it would be a great option to select WHERE the files will be saved 1) in Teams as a stand alone as is done now, or 2) in an existing SharePoint folder. There is an option to link to an existing document library but that falls short. That requires linking to existing folders, whereas Teams should be able to create and save new folders/files within the existing SharePoint site.
Example: I have my computer's File Explorer open on one screen and the Teams App open on the other. I also have synced all of the existing SharePoint document libraries to my computer. When I create a new team within the Teams App, I could select to CREATE a new folder for saving documents anywhere within my existing SharePoint site. When I create that folder in the Teams App, it now pops up in my in my synced File Explorer. That new team folder would have a general folder for files. If I create another channel, another folder pops up alongside the general folder and so on.
Now everything is saved and stored in one place but you can CREATE everything in the Teams workspace.