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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

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  • Aaron commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Would really appreciate an update on this one. It's getting harder and harder to manage our enterprise as we're seeing a proliferation of sites because different apps are automatically creating them, E.g Teams, Project Online, meaning sometimes we end up with 3 sites when we need just one.

  • RW commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    So many things are on back-log now - you are Microsoft, I hope you don't struggle for money to hire real developers to, you know, do some tangible work?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is vital for organizations to not duplicate information regarding projects in progress between teams archive folder and already existing sharepoint project folder. Please let us know any update in this subject since it's difficult to track which ideas are being implemented. Thank you.

  • Chris Tobler commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any news on this? We would like to create a new Team site using an existing SharePoint site and connect the default (Files tab) to an existing document library.

  • rtsrt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Having the ability to create a Team associated with an already-existing SharePoint site would be a HUGE feature as it would prevent the oh-so-common issue of "The org already stores files in an SP site, but Teams users now store files in the Files tab for the Teams group" madness.

    This would also help those users who are annoyed by the fact that you cannot change the SP site location for the Files tab in Teams.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Adding support for linking to a site and not a site collection so team sites reside within the one site collection. Information managers and SharePoint governance would greatly benefit.

    I understand Microsoft has struggled with its culture of Teams not collaborating. But other organisations don't operate like this, especially academia. Reduce information silos and empower cross team communication/rollup. Remove barriers, don't create them by default.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I cannot locate the link to create the MS Team from the SP Team Site, and I'm in the Root site of the site collection. Where is this link located?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Quick update.. The link to create an "MS Team" from a "SP Team Site" will only appear in the "Root" site of a site collection. It does not appear for "sub sites" that may themselves be "SP Team Sites" /Marcus

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi All, I noticed that a link appeared yesterday (22 Nov 2018) that allows me to create a "MS Team" from my existing "SP Team Site".
    The only confusing thing for end users is that "Conversations" in the "SP Team" links to the "Group" in outlook whereas in the "MS Team", the tab "Conversations"relates to the threaded "MS Team" discussion.
    The "Files" tab in the "MS Team" now correctly navigates to a folder in the "SP Team Site" document library to a folder with the same name as the Channel.
    I also noted that the the "SP Team Notebook" did not come over to the "MS Team" automatically and needed to be added manually as a tab in Teams - but it DID work nonetheless.
    Also when I went back to the "SP Team Site", the Quick Links menu automatically gets a new entry "Team" - which links directly to the corresponding "MS Team".
    This is a great feature. Thanks to all those on the Microsoft team that made this happen.

    PS. Whilst this is a fantastic feature, it would have been even better had the "SP Team Site Notebook" been added automatically and "Conversations" in the Quicklinks was renamed to "Group Conversations" so end users realised it was different from the "MS Team" "Conversations"

  • Revathi SC commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Adding to the request for integration with SP site, it will avoid duplication of effort and documents. During actual execution, there will unwanted confusions of which document to use.
    Can also enable the calendar feature or integrate with SP calendar to track leave and enable in resource planning. The current feature only has task tracker

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I need the "files" tab in a channel point to an Existing SharePoint Site. Having existing SharePoint libraries linked to as "tabs" does not help us. If someone accidentally uploads a file in the "conversations" tab, now it's in the New Team SharePoint and not our existing site. Having more that one place where files are stored and not being able to control where files get uploaded is pretty unmanageable.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    this needs to be a thing..... we are looking to deploy teams around our company and like the teams integration it has with SharePoint team sites. BUT all of our SharePoint sites are legacy sites and we cannot link them to teams. cannot believe this is in back log and not urgently being worked on! also when you are trying to push a product like teams having the functionality working before release would be advised! but we area ware that this is unheard of by Microsoft so i guess ill just have to wait for a long time!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    When is it expected to get this feature to link to sharepoint sites as this is required to really benefit from using Microsoft Teams and not having to copy paste which is WASTE in my books.

  • Bart Louwagie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agreed. Is crazy how complex Microsoft makes this. Why is there a "open this in Sharepoint" when you then can't really connect to a Team's location from SharePoint.
    If that is not possible then make Flow be able to use/be triggered by Teams's lists.

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