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Office 365 Groups Gains the Ability to Enforce Company-consistent Group Names

Office 365 Groups Gains the Ability to Enforce Company-consistent Group Names
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Microsoft is rolling out a new function for Office 365 Groups to allow companies to help make sense of the group names being created by end-users. Office 365 Groups is a valuable feature that gives users the ability to connect with like-minded or collaborative partners for corporate projects, business, and community. But, due to the ability to generate groups, the group names can become unruly.

Azure AD Naming Policy for Office 365 Groups is now generally available and contains two rules that can be applied:

  • Prefix-suffix naming policy You can define prefixes or suffixes that are then added automatically to enforce a naming convention on your groups (for example, in the group name “GRP_JAPAN_My Group_Engineering”, GRP_JAPAN_ is the prefix, and _Engineering is the suffix).
  • Custom blocked words You can upload a set of blocked words specific to your organization to be blocked in groups created by users (for example, “CEO, Payroll, HR”).

NOTE: Office 365 Groups Naming Policy requires Azure Active Directory Premium P1 licenses or Azure AD Basic EDU licenses.

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