Ability to Copy a Team
It would be really useful to copy a team with all Channels and files/tabs associated, this way we could create a template and copy it when creating new teams
We’ve heard your suggestions and are working on the ability to clone an existing team using a template. When released, if you were to click on Add Team, then Create a Team, you would get the UI pop up that prompts you to “Create your Team” but, if you look to the bottom of the UI you would see the option to choose “Create a team using an existing team as a template”! Once you select that option, you would be able choose which channels, team settings, apps, and members to inherit via a simple setup wizard.
Look for this feature to release by the end of the calendar year! And thank you all for the great feedback. -Warren
Please send an update, this would really help my productivity!
Mark E commented
Your last update was 2 1/2 years ago. Please provide an update.
With the demands of WFH, this is a missed opportunity for a powerful feature. I work in a highly regulated environment with frequent audits.
My use case is to create an audit hosting master team with guidelines, templates, and wikis. Then I could copy the team for each audit event with all of those resources intact. Now that everyone is WFH and audits are becoming virtual, this is more relevant. But this approach could be used for projects, product development coordination, etc.
Now I have to do everything manually which defeats the purpose of the current copy teams feature.
FYI: For all of you with the same problem. You can still manually highlight files and folders and select Copy To and navigate to your new team. It's still a PITA. Doesn't help with tabs and wikis though.
How do I create copy of my existing team with all files and quizzes, assignment and members easily and quickly in no time?
Maybe you can add the option to add files and other content or only the channels and settings.
Jan-Willem Akkermans commented
When do you expect to integrate a full copy function of Teams? At our university we create a separate team for eachcourse for each class. This has to do with working in groups. It would be very nice if I can set up a team for group 1A and that I can use it as a template for 1B to 1H. I know this is now possible but he does not take the data, the wiki, the tabs, the commands and the secure channels. Furnishing takes so much time.
It would be nice if this functionality is added.
André Brandão commented
Creating a Team from an existing template still doesn't carry the tabs information with it. The structure of tabs is copied but the content of wikis, planner and files still have to be built from scratch in the new Team.
The inheritance of all the tabs inner content would be tremendously useful for me in my company. Similar projects that are recurrent would be created with a few clicks from an existing template.
Please include this capability. Thank you.
Sean Grant commented
Yes, please. We would also like to be able to distribute an entire team to another tenant.
Ideally, we would like to provide a backup of an entire team so that an admin could restore import the team into their tenant and begin using the team as is, including all assignments, channels, files, folders, forms etc.
This would enable course designers to offer read-to-go courses, without the need to host the course themselves, which could open up an entirely new marketplace for course development, course provision, course management etc.
This would be similar to migrating a team from one tenant to another, but if it could be provisioned in a similar way to "Upload a Custom App", but as "Upload a Custom Team", this would allow anyone to provide master teams (like templates) but with much more functionality, such as assignments, quizes, surveys, activities etc.
Big T commented
Copying a team is a great start, but then needing to add content and web sites to the channels and still manually copy all files can be a bit of a lift. It would be very nice to get this all done in one shot.
When do you want to finish the work on "Working on it"? This would be soooo helpful. In a first step could be introduced at least copying whole buckets. Individual tasks can already be copied into other plans...
John Schiralli commented
I also would use this extensively.
Nothing happend since two years... MS makes it really hard to use Teams!
Does anyone know the status of coping a existing Team with channels, folders and files?
We would like to created a "master" Team, where a standard structure of folders including standard files is implemented under the tab "Files" in one or more channels and then use this "master" Team as a starting point for creating other Teams.
Setu Patel commented
Hi, my team is looking for a similar requirement. Our clients do demand for having a unique template allocated to a channel or a team where they can engage with their team members for a project. The main idea is to provide our clients with a standard space for all their projects they are taking up with us.
Now, you can create new Team using existing Team as a template.
Or, you can use Templates provided by Microsoft.
However, I would like to create "Template" itself like I can do in SharePoint, and it's what you want too? I vote for it!
Benjamin Doucet commented
When I create a Microsoft Team for a project, our organization would like to be able to keep the Sharepoint structure that goes along with it.
For example if we use a Template team to create a project called 20201 and it has 7 channels in it, we would like the in sharepoint structure to come along with it if each of those channels has general files that are used on every project.
This would allow shorter project creation time, and make project leaders more likely to use Teams for their projects.
This would be a fantastic option for our organization. We would love to run our projects out of teams and we have a standard on how we organize our file structure within a project. In teams, this would be segregated into Channels. This also raises the need to grant or deny access to given users within the overall team, which is a hot topic within the forum.
[Deleted User] commented
Any updates on getting everything copied not just a few aspects of a team? E.g. files, wiki, etcs.
The Teams might have the option of selec all (within the text box) and copy
Warren. Your 11/22/17 comments say this will be completed by EOY, but the current status says 'Working On It.' Is it complete or do you have an ETA? Thank you.
When creating a team in the Microsoft Teams Administration Center, if you can create multiple teams with the same settings at once using templates, it will be very easy to manage, so please do implement it.