Managing Teams Through the Teams and Skype for Business Online Admin Center

TSBAC and Team Management

Yesterday, I published an article on Petri.com covering the introduction of team management in the Teams and Skype for Business Online Admin Center (TSBAC). The new functionality is in private preview, but tenant administrators should see it sometime in October (depending on how the preview goes).

As I note in the article, the implementation is a first version and there’s lots to be done to build and deliver a truly comprehensive management UI for Teams. The good news is that the general availability of the new functionality should be accompanied by an upgraded PowerShell module for Teams. I don’t know if this will happen definitely, but it’s logical to assume that the combination of the new TSBAC functionality and the new Teams administration roles are likely backed up by improvements in the module.

The Microsoft View

In any case, if you’re at the Ignite conference this week in Orlando, you can get more information about team management in session BRK3113 “Deep Dive into the Modern Administration Portal for Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business” (a truly horrible name) featuring Isabella Lubin and Jamie Stark. The session takes place today, Thursday, at 16:00 in the Tangerine Ballroom in the OCC West.

And if you’re not in Orlando, you can live stream the session when it’s on or look at it later by accessing the recording through the Microsoft Technical Community. I do hope that they don’t contradict anything I said in my article!

We’ll include details of the new administration UI in the next update for the Office 365 for IT Pros eBook, expected around October 19. As you might imagine, we have a ton of work to do following all the announcements and news Microsoft delivered at Ignite, but the joy of an eBook is that we can release a fully-updated book soon after an event.

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