What are the different kinds of groups in Office 365?

This FAQ was last modified on: Monday, August 21, 2017 12:53pm

There are  types of groups supported by OIT in Office 365:

  • Office 365 Groups
  • Security Groups synced from Active Directory

  

Office 365 Groups

Office 365 Groups are centered around collaboration and include multiple Office 365 applications when created.  New Office 365 Groups automatically receive a:

  • Shared Inbox
  • Shared Calendar
  • SharePoint Document Library
  • Shared OneNote Notebook
  • SharePoint Team Site
  • Planner

Who can manage this kind of group?  An Office 365 Group can be managed by any active faculty, staff, affiliate, or student who is eligible for GT Office 365 services.  All Office 365 Groups have an email domain of “groups.gatech.edu”.    

Who can be a member of this kind of group?  Any active faculty, staff, affiliate, or student who is eligible for Office 365 services can be a member of an Office 365 Group.  Guests (users that are not eligible for GT Office 365 services) can be invited to participate in Office 365 Groups. 

Who can request this kind of group?  Office 365 Groups can be requested through OIT by current Faculty and Staff. 

  

Security Groups synced from Active Directory

Security Groups synced from Active Directory are groups that are created by local IT Support/CSRs and can be used for giving access to resources (like SharePoint sites or Exchange Shared Mailboxes). 

Who can manage this kind of group?  A Security Group synced from Active Directory can be managed by any GTAD OU Admin for the department. 

Who can be a member of this kind of group?  Any active faculty, staff, affiliate, or student who is eligible for Office 365 services can be a member of a Security Group synced from Active Directory. 

Who can request this kind of group?  Security Groups synced from Active Directory are created by departmental OU Admins.  Please contact your local IT support/CSR to have one created.