Microsoft Teams Private Channels has finally been made public at Ignite 2019! Here my findings on Microsoft Teams – Private Channels
It dropped to my developer tenant today so I thought I’d try it out and here are my findings. I’ve mostly been looking into the new lightweight SharePoint site with the site template “TEAMCHANNEL#0“. Then seeing how users are added, how the Private Channel is linked to the MS Team and any other quirks I found along the way…
You can create a Private Channel by selecting Private from the drop down for the new Chanel menu:
You can only add users to the Private Channel that are members of the Team
The SharePoint Site behind the behind the private channel. Note the URL https://tenantname.sharepoint.com/sites/TeamAlias-privatechannel so in my case https://leonarmston.sharepoint.com/sites/LeonsTestTeam-TestPrivateChannel
Each private channel has it’s own SharePoint site collection optimized for file sharing and fast provisioning.
I found this interesting going to Site Contents for the new Site. It displays a limited subset of components: Documents, Form Templates and Style Library compared to a typical SharePoint site. Not even a pages library and then the default page for the site is the Documents library view.
$site = Get-PnPTenantSite -Url "https://leonarmston.sharepoint.com/sites/LeonsTestTeam-TestPrivateChannel" -Detailed
$site | select *
Examining the details of the Private Channel Site with PowerShell to identify how the site is linked to the group.
It is linked with RelatedGroupID which shows the ID of the group for the MS Team which the Private Channel is associated to.
The new SharePoint site template TEAMCHANNEL#0 is also displayed in the Template property
There is no embedded Office 365 Groups in the Private Channel, Users are added directly unlike a MS Team site where they are added to an Office 365 group which is then embedded inside a SharePoint group.
This was my findings on Microsoft Teams – Private Channels/ See my other articles on Teams here