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Helper II
Helper II

Do groups require Office 365 license?

Do groups/workspaces require an Office 365 subscription?

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For some options for the Office 365 Groups you need an exchange license, strangly enough.

If you want to turn of the Welcome Email for the Office 365 Group for example you need an exchange license.

Powershell commands to do this:

$groupName = "GroupName"
$UserCredential = Get-Credential
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
Import-PSSession $Session
Set-UnifiedGroup $groupName -UnifiedGroupWelcomeMessageEnabled:$false
Remove-PSSession $Session


Error you get:

The following error occurred during validation in agent 'Substrate Only Agent': 'Organization "" i
s not licensed for Exchange email functionality. Cmdlet usage is restricted.'
    + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [Set-UnifiedGroup], ProvisioningValidationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : [Server=VE1P189MB1149,RequestId=b45e9174-9de6-45f4-994a-e953d8b4ab64,TimeStamp=19-3-2020
    12:12:35] [FailureCategory=Cmdlet-ProvisioningValidationException] F7111EC1,Microsoft.Exchange.Management.Recipie
    + PSComputerName        :


So for adding, deleting an basic changes you do not need a license but for more advanged stuff you need an Exchange license (or office which contains exchange i believe).


Power BI groups do not require an Office 365 subscription! If you do have an Office 365 subscription, you get to take advantage of extra features like connectiong to a group's OneDrive account, but without a subscription, you can still create and manage groups and connect to the other data sources.

Memorable Member
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@Amanda since I do have an Office 365 subscription I can't really test it out, but... is there a way to delete a group if one does NOT have an Office 365 subscription?


The only way to delete a group that I have been able to find was to use the Office 365 Admin portal.

@andre yes there is! You can edit the group and under that there is a button to delete the group.


delete a group.png

Memorable Member
Memorable Member

hmm, i don't have that option when i go to Edit group.  this is what i seeCapture.PNG

@andre are you the owner of the group? I just checked mine and both public and private with and without members give me the option to delete.

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i should be, i created it

I have the delete group button available...I've already used it several times.


BTW, there appears to be a name length limitation on the group name, but it doesn't generate an error. The process that creates the OneDrive folder locks up. My computer spend all night telling me that it might take a while. I tried several variations on the name, but finally shortened it, and it worked.

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