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Microsoft Teams Permissions – Manage Team Settings & Assign User Permissions

Microsoft Teams permissions

Managing permissions in Microsoft Teams is essential for IT administrators to control access and ensure security of their environment. These permissions in MS Teams define what actions users can perform, from creating teams and channels to accessing sensitive data. Team owners, members, and guests each have distinct roles with specific capabilities.

In this blog post, we will take a look at what you need to know about permissions in order to prevent unauthorized access and maintain data integrity.

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Team-Level Permissions

Team-level permissions allow users to perform administrative tasks within a team. Owners can create and delete teams, add or remove members, change team settings, and manage channels. In more detail, these actions are included in team-level permissions:

  • create teams
  • delete teams
  • add members
  • remove members
  • change team settings
  • manage channels

Channel-Level Permissions

Channel-level permissions manage actions within specific channels. Users can create or delete channels, post and answer messages, manage tabs and connectors, and moderate the channel.

  • create channel
  • delete channel
  • moderate the channel
  • post message
  • answer message
  • manage tabs
  • manage connectors

Permissions for Meetings and Live Events

Permissions for meetings and live events include roles such as organizers, co-organizers, producers (specifically for live events), presenters, and attendees. Organizers / producers control the event, presenters can share content and speak, and attendees participate by viewing and interacting as allowed.

Apps Permissions

Microsoft Teams admins can change security settings for third-party apps as well as Microsoft’s own apps. Setup policies, permission policies, etc. can be defined in the Teams Admin Center.

A short overview of app permissions can be found in this blogpost:

Additional Permissions

Additional permissions cover external sharing of files and private chat conversations. These settings allow secure collaboration with external partners while protecting sensitive information and are an important part of Microsoft Teams governance.

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Types of Permissions in Teams

There are three major permission levels in Microsoft Teams, each belonging to a specific user role.

Team owner permissions

  • assign owner permissions
  • manage team-wide settings

Team member permissions

  • assign member permissions
  • Participate fully within team confines

Microsoft Teams guest permissions

MS Teams guest access is a topic we have covered extensively in several other blog posts, for example here:

Changing User Roles in Microsoft Teams

To change user roles, you will need access to the Teams Admin Center.

Time needed: 3 minutes

User roles can be managed in the Teams Admin Center.

  1. Go to Teams Admin Center

    Open the Teams Admin Center at https://admin.teams.microsoft.com.

  2. Users / Manage Users

    In the navigation bar on the left, go to “Users” and select “Manage Users”.

    Teams Admin Center: Manage users

  3. Select a user

    Click on the respective user.

  4. Tab “Teams”

    Go to the “Teams” tab.

  5. Change the user role

    You will see a list of the user’s teams. For each team, change the user’s role as desired.

    Teams Admin Center: change user role

Communication Compliance Permissions

In the Microsoft 365 Compliance Center, the Communication Compliance role group is an option for managing compliance-related permissions all in one. Assigning this role group allows IT administrators to monitor and manage communication compliance within Teams.

More details can be found in this blog post:

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Teams Manager and External User Manager are great tools for IT admins who are looking to simplify the management of user and guest permissions in Microsoft Teams. These apps provide intuitive interfaces for controlling access, ensuring security, and maintaining compliance.

With Teams Manager, you can create templates that already include roles and permission settings. External User Manager allows precise control over guest permissions, making collaboration with external partners safer and more controlled.

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