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Has anyone successfully found a way to remove an Office365 group connection from a connected Site Collection. the site was created as a blank team site and connected in the UI to a new group using the settings option.

I cant seem to find any powershell or UI that gives me the option, the only thing I can see is all the extra site properties added in SharePoint Designer.

I want to save the site collection as a template and reuse it but it carries its Group connection when I recreate it.

Or maybe is there a way to simply associate the site with a different group after it has been created?

TIA

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This was my experience dated 6 months ago: a site+group (basically an O365 group) had been deleted by mistake and logging a call with Microsoft, the engineer guided me to retrieve only the site (let's say resuscitate).

I ended up in the SharePoint queue and not in the exchange/o365 queue so the guy helped me retrieve the site portion (which was the one we wanted) and not the whole combo site+o365 group. If I had logged it in the right queue, we would have gotten back the whole combo.

So I ended up having the 'site' and not the inbox. This is my only experience of 'separating' what normally is not possible to separate. Keep in mind that clicking from the Site to anything that used to send you to the group ended up in an error message since the 2 were once joined and that part remained dead and inaccessible. We only needed the site part to take out some documents so we did not care about all functionalities being ok.

Not sure if this helps your cause, but I was able to get a site from a once joined site+group by deleting it and 'resurrecting' only the site part with powershell.

I would not do it in a normal scenario like yours because the risk of having something glitch is high and I would re-create the template in a normal site.

  • thanks, sounds like there is no easy way to just turn the Site Collection back to a non groupified site collection, will just have to mark it as a feature. I have just rebuilt the site and saved it as a template BEFORE connecting it to a group which should serve my purposes going forward, – Col.Cook Sep 17 '18 at 13:40
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In case anyone is interested. Now it's possible to do this using below PowerShell CMDLET.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/sharepoint-online/remove-spositegroup?view=sharepoint-ps

Remove-SPOSiteGroup -Site https://contoso.sharepoint.com/sites/marketing -Identity GroupToRemove

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