Office 365: Convert Distribution List to Office 365 Group

Requirement: Convert a distribution list to an Office 365 group.

How to convert a Distribution list to Office 365 Group?

Before upgrading to Microsoft 365 group, please note: Distribution lists allow any E-mail as its member, whereas the Office 365 Groups only supports mailboxes. Furthermore, this change is permanent!

Most people are familiar with distribution lists in Outlook, but did you know that you can convert them to Office 365 groups? This can be a great way to take advantage of all the features that Office 365 groups have to offer. In this article, we’ll show you how to upgrade the distribution list to Office 365 group using the Exchange admin center and PowerShell.

Converting a distribution list to an Office 365 group is easy, and can be done in a few simple steps:

  • Login to Exchange Online Admin Center as an Exchange Administrator or Global Administrator at: https://admin.exchange.microsoft.com
  • In the Exchange Admin Center, Click on Recipients >> Groups >> Distribution lists >> Select any Distribution List from the Distribution Lists page that you want to upgrade >> Click on the “Upgrade Distribution List” icon from the toolbar.Convert Distribution List to Microsoft 365 Group
  • Confirm the conversion by clicking the “Upgrade” button on the “Ready to Upgrade?” prompt.how to convert distribution list to office 365 group
  • Wait for the distribution lists to be converted to O365 Group. You should see the “Distribution group(s) has been upgraded” notification message shortly. You can also verify that the distribution list has been converted by navigating to Microsoft 365 group page.change distribution list to office 365 group

After converting your distribution list to an Office 365 group, you’ll be able to take advantage of all the features that come with groups, including chat, calendar sharing, and file sharing. Plus, with Office 365 groups, you’ll be able to easily manage membership and permissions.

Upgrade distribution list to Office 365 group using PowerShell

It’s an easy process to migrate the distribution list to Office 365 group through Exchange Online Admin Center. However, you can only upgrade one DL at a time! To convert multiple Distribution Lists, we can use PowerShell!

Step 1: Connect to Exchange Online using PowerShell and get all eligible Distribution Lists for upgrade

#Connect to Exchange Online
Connect-ExchangeOnline

#Get All Distribution Lists eligible for Upgrade
Get-EligibleDistributionGroupForMigration -ResultSize unlimited

Step 2: Upgrade the Distribution List to Office 365 Group

#Upgrade Distribution List to Microsoft 365 Group
Upgrade-DistributionGroup -DLIdentities [email protected]

You can also pass multiple distribution lists to this cmdlet. E.g.,

Upgrade-DistributionGroup -DLIdentities [email protected],[email protected],[email protected]

How about upgrading all eligible distribution lists to Microsoft 365 group?

Get-EligibleDistributionGroupForMigration | Foreach-Object { Upgrade-DistributionGroup -DLIdentities $_.PrimarySMTPAddress } 
convert distribution list to office 365 group powershell

More on converting distribution lists to Microsoft 365 group is here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/admin/manage/upgrade-distribution-lists?view=o365-worldwide

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack - SharePoint Expert with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. Love to Share my knowledge and experience with the SharePoint community, through real-time articles!

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