Unleash your SharePoint admin superpowers with new admin center capabilities

At Microsoft Ignite, we announced several exciting new features coming to the new SharePoint admin center.

Today we’re excited to share that we’ll start to roll out these features worldwide later this month to organizations that have “Targeted release for everyone” turned on.

What’s coming in this release?

Make the new admin center your default admin center…

The new SharePoint admin experience provides a completely revamped SharePoint admin center that draws heavily on our modern principles… an administrative console designed to help IT achieve more, so their users can achieve more. If you’ve enjoyed using the new SharePoint admin center up until today, you now have the option to make the new SharePoint admin center your default experience while still being able to go back to the classic admin center if you need to.

Improved management experience for group-connected sites

Office 365 Groups is a service that works with the Office 365 tools you use already so you can collaborate with your teammates when writing documents, creating spreadsheets, working on project plans, scheduling meetings, or sending email. Now we’re making it easier to manage group-connected sites by allowing SharePoint administrators manage ownership, change sharing settings, and delete and restore sites.

Simplified hub site creation and association

Sites and data grow as your organization grows. With SharePoint hub sites, you can bring flexible, dynamic building blocks to your organization’s intranet – connecting collaboration and communication.  Now in the SharePoint admin center, you can manage existing hub sites in addition to creating hub sites and associating existing sites with a hub site.  These capabilities also extend to multi-geo scenarios.

Quickly customize and control the site creation experience

Creating sites is one of the most common tasks an administrator performs in many SharePoint environments, and we’ve made it easier to customize and control how sites are created.

New site creation options allow you to create sites on behalf of users and configure common settings such as language, time zone, and storage limit and for classic and communication sites you can now also specify their managed path.

In addition to these site creation controls, you now can specify global settings that apply to all site when they’re created too such as the time zone and site creation path and for organizations who want to control the site creation experience, you can enable or disable self-service site creation.

Improved site management experience

In response to your feedback, we’ve added more management controls across site management and storage, including a simplified view of your tenant-level storage usage and limit and the ability to switch to manual site storage management.

Additionally, in many cases you may want or need more than one or two administrators for a site collection.  In response to your feedback, we’ve now enabled the use of security groups as a site collection administrator in SharePoint Online.

Finally, we’re making it simpler to execute site actions by moving many of the common actions to the command bar rather than the site information panel.

Keep your information secure with improved access control and policies options

The freedom to work fluidly, independent of location has become an expectation as has the freedom to access email and documents from anywhere on any device—and that experience is expected to be seamless.  However, data loss is non-negotiable, and overexposure to information can have lasting legal and compliance implications.  IT needs to make sure that corporate data is secure while enabling users to stay productive in today’s mobile-first world, where the threat landscape is increasingly complex and sophisticated.

New updates to the SharePoint admin center include a consolidated view of access control policies to help safeguard your information.   On the new access control page, you can configure policies for unmanaged or non-compliant devices, configure the idle-session sign-out experience for users, as well as configure location policies to restrict or allow access to SharePoint Online from known IP ranges.


We’re looking forward to the ongoing feedback. Use the feedback button at the bottom right of the new UI.  Also, if you see a survey that pops up and asks you how you feel about the new site, don’t be shy, let us know.

Wanted to get started with some of these new features?  Take a tour of the new admin center at https://resources.techcommunity.microsoft.com/resources/demos/.


Manage sites in the new SharePoint admin center https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/manage-sites-in-new-admin-center

SharePoint and OneDrive Management, Migration, and Security Updates

In this post:

SharePoint Admin Center Updates

SharePoint Migration Tool Updates

OneDrive Files Restore

Microsoft has been building enterprise software for decades and running some of the largest online services in the world. We draw from this experience to keep making SharePoint and OneDrive more secure for users, implementing and continuously improving security-aware software development, operational management, and threat-mitigation practices that are essential to the strong protection of your services and data. This update shares upcoming improvements in SharePoint and OneDrive.

SharePoint Admin Center Preview


Innovation in the cloud drives tremendous business value, and it delivers new capabilities to the IT professionals who work tirelessly to support, configure, administer, and secure their organizations’ content and services.

While our new user experiences are designed to be simpler, more intuitive, and more powerful we also believe administration should be just as simple, just as intuitive, and just as powerful, and to that we’re introducing a completely revamped SharePoint Admin center that draws heavily on our modern principles. An administrative console designed to help IT achieve more, so their users can achieve more.

For Targeted Release customers the option to try the new SharePoint Admin Center will be available through the existing administration experience for SharePoint Online (see illustration below).  This permits the use of both administrative experiences as we continue to refine and add capabilities to the new admin center that are currently not present in the existing administrative experience.

  • Sign in to Office 365 as a global admin or SharePoint admin.
  • Select the app launcher icon in the upper-left and choose Admin to open the Office 365 admin center. (If you don’t see the Admin tile, you don’t have Office 365 administrator permissions in your organization.)
  • In the left pane, choose Admin centers > SharePoint.

To see more of the new SharePoint Admin Center check out the video below:

To learn more about the new SharePoint Admin Center refer to https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Get-started-with-the-new-SharePoint-admin-center-0bb250bb-1d3c-43f8-b751-b322522ccf33.

General Availability of the SharePoint Migration Tool

GENERAL AVAILABILITY ON 1/9/2018 refer to complete article at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/SharePoint-Blog/General-Availability-of-the-SharePoint-Migration-Tool-amp/ba-p/143689/jump-to/first-unread-message.

Taking advantage of cloud services doesn’t have to be difficult or a long-phased migration project.  In addition to the new SharePoint Admin Center, we’re also announcing General Availability of the SharePoint Migration Tool, a new free, simple, and fast migration solution to help you migrate content from on-premises SharePoint sites and file shares to SharePoint or OneDrive in Office 365.

Based on the learning and experience from Microsoft FastTrack, using the SharePoint Migration Tool from Microsoft with a few simple clicks you can begin to bring your information to the cloud and take advantage of the latest collaboration, intelligence, and security solutions with Office 365.

Whether you’re looking to migrate from file shares on-premises to SharePoint or OneDrive or from on-premises versions of SharePoint, the SharePoint Migration Tool is designed to support the smallest of migrations to large scale migrations with support for bulk scenarios.

Using the SharePoint Migration Tool, you can quickly and easily migrate files from file shares, SharePoint sites, or support bulk migrations with a few simple clicks in the intuitive user interface.

To get started with the SharePoint Migration Tool refer to https://support.office.com/en-us/article/How-to-use-the-SharePoint-Migration-Tool-65462df1-42fe-40cf-88f7-e39f82f5130f..

While the SharePoint Migration Tool provides support for many migration scenarios, we recognize your needs may differ in scope and complexity.  For more complex migrations, support with adoption and usage, or help planning Microsoft FastTrack includes resources, tools, and experts to make your rollout of Office 365 a success.

To learn more about Microsoft FastTrack visit https://fasttrack.microsoft.com/office.  In addition, consider one of Microsoft’s many partners that can help ensure your migration to Office 365 is both seamless and successful.

Getting Started
To get started and preview the new SharePoint Migration Tool from Microsoft visit https://aka.ms/spmt.

OneDrive Files Restore Rolling out to Production

ROLLING OUT NOW refer to complete article at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/OneDrive-Blog/Announcing-New-OneDrive-for-Business-feature-Files-Restore/bc-p/147462#M387.

Data loss is non-negotiable, it’s not something that can be bought back.  From corruption, to ransomware, to just accidental deletion—losing content can completely disrupt a business.  The recent issues with WannaCry and other ransomware attacks showed just how disruptive it can be.

Keeping your data safe has always been a top concern.  In addition to simplifying control with the new SharePoint Migration Tool and migration with the SharePoint Migration Tool, we are also excited to announce that “OneDrive File Restore”, a complete self-service recovery solution to allow content owners to go back in time to any second in the last 30 days is now rolling out to our customers.   Now your users and your administrators can rewind changes using activity data to find the exact moment to revert to.

Files Restore starts rolling out today and will be fully rolled out by Spring 2018.


To learn more about the new SharePoint Admin Center, the SharePoint Migration Tool, and Files Restore with OneDrive and more security, admin ,and migration capabilities in SharePoint and OneDrive, watch the video below.