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.
This basic functionality should be available by now as I am sure there are many like my company with large legacy SharePoint collections who are balking at moving to Teams because of this limitation. Lack of this capability blocks our adoption of Teams.
The comments contain multiple ways to accomplish this functionality, from selecting an existing SharePoint site when creating a Team, to pointing a new Team's SharePoint site to an existing SharePoint and others. How about just allowing us to remove the General tab (or even slide it to the right so it's not the primary tab) and place an existing SharePoint site as the first tab?
Mark Garety commented
I can create a group calendar in outlook and turn it into a fully functioning teams with a rhobust SharePoint site that has web apps, lists, flows, planner, etc integrated into it. The user can access the site through Teams or through SharePoint in my web browser and get to the calendar in outlook...
But, I cant take a SharePoint site and pull it back into teams to create a collaborative working hub? It's all the same features, it's all Office 365, why not have a common architecture enabling integration in whatever way makes sense to the user?
Michael Delpach commented
When creating a new Team, Team must provide an option to choose an existing SharePoint Online site, and integrate that SharePoint Onilne site identical to how newly created SharePoint Online sites through Microsoft Teams behaves.
There are ugly workarounds like adding Cloud Storage and using that but the newly created SharePoint Online site still what Teams think as the integrated one.
Shawn Fielding commented
Any updates on this?
Colm Flynn commented
I want to configure the Files tab in an existing Teams Channel to point to an existing SharePoint folder instead of creating a new folder in SharePoint.
Failing that, I would at least like to be able to rename the new SharePoint folder to distinguish it from the existing SharePoint folder.
I have a Channel in Teams with a Files tab that points to a SharePoint folder which it has created automatically. I cannot change the Channel settings to point its Files tab to the correct, existing folder, nor can I rename or delete the new SharePoint folder which Teams has created.
I know how to add the existing SharePoint folder to a channel (either as a documents library or as cloud storage) but that does not sync with documents shared via a Teams Conversation.
Different from many of the other comments, we do not want partial functionality with linking a document library or page. We are looking for the ability to select an existing SharePoint site when creating a team. Instead of a new site being created, the existing site would be used, libraries linked, security groups merged, world peace achieved and other really cool features that result in a WOW reaction by all who happen upon their implementation.
Tom Gilley commented
agree with the anon request below that the post is no longer accurate;
The blogpost https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/skypehybridguy/2017/10/28/microsoft-teams-use-an-existing-sharepoint-library/
I have found a work around for my needs by adding "Document Library" tab and that tab has ability to use link of existing sharepoint documents, once in that teams tab you can open in sharepoint and see all the sharepoint site
Caron Turner commented
Any update on where this is on the backlog please Warren?
My clients have great document management solutions built in SPO and now that Skype is being replaced by Teams it is no longer an option (in many cases) to ignore Teams. Microsoft, you need to enable better integration between existing SharePoint solutions and Teams. Please.
Is there any updates on the status.
It would be nice if we could import the folders / data files from a SharePoint site into the new Teams SharePoint document library. I'm shocked that Microsoft has over complicated this whole process. It has created mass confusion amongst our employees linking SharePoint site libraries to their new Teams SharePoint. We have issues with employees not working out of the same library or outdated documents because they are in the wrong linked SharePoint Document library.
Mike Williams commented
The blogpost https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/skypehybridguy/2017/10/28/microsoft-teams-use-an-existing-sharepoint-library/ needs to be taken down as it is very misleading.
William Lee commented
Hi - any updates or ETA on this please? thanks.
Shane Gilmer commented
Any updates as yet to this request ? We also have existing SharePoint sites with all the documents and info and would be nice to create a new Teams site off of it
Suzanne Morealnd commented
How is this in backlog? Who thought it was a good idea to create distinct, disparate collaboration tools? Seriously!
Frank Smith commented
On the backlog is not an answer. This approach to Teams is why the general Microsoft and SP base eyes Microsoft's push towards Teams with suspicion. It appears that Microsoft is either not truly committed to Teams, doesn't understand how to integrate it with SP, or doesn't really know what direction to head.
The lack of any kind of response from MS in so long a time signals to us to move on and forget about Teams. Some features seemed appealing, but largely redundant with what we already have.
EVANDRO DONEL FOSTER commented
I need a solution as well...... A well established SharePoint site requires integration to a new MS Team space so that remote working and collaboration can be achieved thus saving time and money
Is it possible to link an existing SharePoint to MS Documents? We have a sharepoint with a lot of data uploaded that we want to link yo MS Docs - not start allover and migrate everything manually.
Silvia Adams commented
HOW ABOUT AN ANSWER???? Why create this when WE are unable to integrate into another program created by Microsoft!