Channel Limit (Increase beyond 200 limit)
We have run into a situation on a team, let's call it "Vendors" where we post data on vendors that we use. We set up a channel for each vendor but have "reached the limit" on the number of channels in a team. Is this something that can be controlled through an admin panel or is there another way to increase/remove the limit.
As mentioned in the prior status, the channel limit was raised from 100 to 200.
In the near future a retention limit will be set so you can still go back and reinstate a channel you had deleted. Once the retention period has expired then the channel will get a hard delete which will free up the space and no longer count toward the 200 channel limit.
This will help with some of the issues you have voiced in the comments below.
But I understand many of you wish the limit to be further increased. I will continue to provide your votes and comments to the feature team.
I already reached the 200 limit and this is crazy! We need to go beyond 200 easily. I agree with Steven Rockwell that at least a couple thousand would be good.
Steven Rockwell commented
We have a great team that works on company-wide projects. Each project is represented by a channel. We will quickly exceed the 200 channel limit for this Team. The Team limit of 500,000 seems very large compared to the small number of channels that can be created for a team. A smaller number of teams is ok for us. We need a few thousand channels. If we cannot get over 200 channels, Teams will not work for us at all. We like Teams, we want it to work for us!
Hitting the 200 limit in Q1 2020, feeling a little stress here.
Please implement the quickest fix of these 2:
- Function to easly move a channel to another team (= I can create a Team A-L and another M-Z)
- Increase limit on a first stage to 300 to gain time to find a more permanent solution (+1000)
Thanks in advance,
Deleted a bunch of channels more than 30 days ago but am still getting the maximium channels restriction, is the rention period not hard deleting when it's supposed to?
Marc Gehri commented
Our company wants to switch to teams.
It was planned that we would create 1 team for the customers and in this team 1 channel per customer.
However, we have around 600 customers of which 350 are customers that we actively support.....
Until now we had 1 SharePoint Library with one folder per customer - actually analog 1 team with channel per customer.
Therefore we absolutely need more than 200 channels...
Otherwise, this is not accepted by our sales and sales office staff and the way they work becomes much too time-consuming/complicated for them.
They switch between the customer folders several times per hour...
We also thought about creating 1 team per customer. However, each user on his computer would have to manually synchronize each customer team. Or the IT creates/updates each time, with a new customer, GPO's to automate the synchronization.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/limits-specifications-teams says the hard delete will free up the channels. Our IT company says their MS Devs are telling them it is still a lifetime limit. What is the real answer?
So.... Partially done still?
"In the near future a retention limit will be set so you can still go back and reinstate a channel you had deleted. Once the retention period has expired then the channel will get a hard delete which will free up the space and no longer count toward the 200 channel limit."
Is the "near future" still in the future - because that would explain my issues.
Our company has fully embraced Teams. So, our Services department wants to use channels to communicate certain customer-specific information among their reps and share files specific to those customers. Being limited to only 200 channels is a total deal-breaker for them. They're abandoning the pilot where they were testing this and going back to using email and network fileshares. A big step backwards for sure. But, what else are they to do?
Please increase the limit.
I just hit the max limit but I am only at a little over 100. The ones that have been deleted in the past are a long time ago so when does the hard delete happen?
Microsoft, users will use channels like Folders.... you need to increase the Channel limit to whatever the SharePoint list limit is.
Rachel Bradford commented
In our company, we use specialty departments. We would like the communication for each client dealing with a specialty team to be set up under a specialty department so those employees can better see and respond to questions for various client-teams. Yes, please increase the limit!
Stephen Brown commented
We have been using customer centric teams in Teams, but want to shift to departmental teams with customer channels. This limitation is painful as the current model requires departments to be members of dozens of teams potentially. Increase the limit!
Francisco Alfaro commented
I am working hard to convince the directors of the company to move all operations to Teams, but the 200-channels limit is a dealbreaker. I implemented Teams quite successfully in my area of operations, and opened up 1 channel per client (the structure is: one Team per company area, that is, one for Operations, one channel per client and one thread in the conversation per project).
In my area of operations, I currently have 79 clients, and more than 400 projects. I have been fine with this but once I bring this up company-wide, we will hit the 200-channel limits pretty soon.
A 200-channel limit seems irrisory nowadays.
Please provide an option to increase the number of channels within the Team. We need at least 1000.
Antonios Makris commented
We are using a Channel per project. At the moment we have 187 projects. We are going to hit the limit soon and I really think that the limit should be lifted. Can we expect the limit to be raised in the foreseeable future?
Rich S commented
Actually amazed this isn't getting more votes! With our proposed Groups structure of:
We will easily breach 200 channels for some clients over time. It's nonsense to impose such a seemingly arbitrary limit.
****! still waiting for an update? Come on MSFT!!!
Jonathan Davis commented
The last update on this is from over 8 months ago, and was listed as "Partially Done" - that implies, to me, that this is something being worked on, but an update with some specifics on what will be done along with an idea of when would be extremely helpful. Is the retention period implemented? Are we still capped at 200 lifetime channels per team? Info please!
Carlo Cabanlig commented
Are there any updates on increasing the limit or even making it unlimited? As a Service Provider, we do need to have a lot of channels to separate discussions properly.
We would really prefer at least the deleted channels not to be counted to the 200 AND the 200 being raised.
We need to user channels quite granular which forces us to face the 200 channel-limit ...
Steve Ruby commented
Please raise this limit, or allow is to configure on our own. We need to use one channel per project and will hit 200 in about a year. There isn't a limit on sharepoint directories so why the teams count limit?