Sync Teams and Office 365 groups with email distribution lists
Any organization provides email addresses for their employees. Usually the organizations create an email address (distribution list) for each of their teams so that users could contact a certain team without knowing their member's email addresses - just the email address of the group / team.
These team/group email addresses (distribution lists) are managed by IT Admins through Office 365. An IT Admin is able to add / remove a user from a certain distribution list and they are responsible to keep those lists acurate. Is there any possibility to allow the IT Admins to create a team in Microsoft Teams based on that email distribution list, directly from Office 365? This should be an option next to the specific distribution list... somthing like "Create a team in Microsoft Teams for this distribution list". Similar option should be available for Office 365 groups.
The IT Admin should be able to Activate / Deactivate the team (that is now in Microsoft Teams) directly from Office 365. This way, the IT department will have the posibility to control the "organization official teams" in Microsoft Teams and they should not bother about having new groups of users to manage.
When an employee is leaving the company, the IT Admin should just remove him from the distribution list and he should automatically be removed from the related Team in MS Teams (or in case he is just moved into another team, the IT Admin should just put him into a new distribution list).
Right now you have
- email distribution list
- Office 365 groups
- teams in Microsoft Teams
Nobody will be able to manually manage and keep in sync all these 3 types of groups.
PS: If the Teams in MS Teams would be created this way, nobody besides the IT Admins should be able to add/remove users to that team. If the option for private channels will be available, the owners of the specific channel should be able to add/remove users from that particular channel (but only users from the team).
For large organizations the ability to synchronize AD Distribution Groups to O365 and then leverage them to assign privileges to Teams would provide for a seamless experience for admins.
Amy Waterbury commented
Agree! ("Nobody will be able to manually manage and keep in sync all these 3 types of groups.") Having these 3 areas synched would be very very useful and ensure the right people are on the right communications.
Bogdan Manolache commented
Also, the IT Admins should be able to associate a distribution list with an existing Team in MS Teams (the members should get notified that the Team is now managed by Organization's IT department).