Moving Microsoft Teams Data Location

If you are a existing Office 365 customer who have been waiting Microsoft to allow you to move your Teams data location, It’s now time to do it.

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Office 365 now allows you to decide where your Teams data residency should be. We have noticed that most of our clients got their Data residency set to Australia as the data region.

Microsoft now offer existing O365 customers listed in the following table an option to request early migration of organization’s core customer data at rest to their new datacenter geo.

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Changing the geo location is completely taken care by Microsoft behind the scene. You as a customer, only have to opt-in to allow Microsoft to do this in the backend (despite your request, this will anyway happen eventually) and the change is seamless with no user interaction, interruption.

To see your current data location for each workload, go to Office 365 Admin center –> Settings –> Settings –> Organization Profile

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Navigate to Data Location to see where your data currently resides

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Switch to Data Residency and “check the tick box” below to opt-in. You will not see this option if:

  • Your tenant is not eligible for the Office 365 Move Program. Eligibility is determined by tenant signup country.
  • All of your core customer data at rest is already located in the new geo (see Data Location section of the page).

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And wait for a few months as advised in the notification. Microsoft will notify you stage-wise in the Office 365 Message center when the activity is being actioned or completed.

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Note: The information on this page only applies to customers who had existing Office 365 tenants before the new datacenters in their geo launched.

More details are here – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/Office365/Enterprise/request-your-data-move

Setup PowerShell to connect Microsoft Teams Administration

Error “Connect-MicrosoftTeams : The term ‘Connect-MicrosoftTeams’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet

Root cause – Obviously because of the PowerShell module availability in the machine you are trying to connect from. Every module needs its presence in the local machine to be able to work with PowerShell properly so, installing it and keeping it up to date is vital for commands to execute against the target workload (like Teams, SharePoint or Exchange etc..)

Let’s get through the basics of installing Microsoft Teams PowerShell module. Ensure you launch the native PowerShell from your machine, not Exchange Online PowerShell or SharePoint ones.

Type PowerShell in the start menu and –> right click on the native PowerShell tool and run as Admin

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Type this in PowerShell and Enter

Find-Module -Name MicrosoftTeams

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Now let’s install this. Type this in PowerShell and Enter

Find-Module -Name MicrosoftTeams | Install-Module

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Type “Y” to continue

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Now let’s run the connect command to interact with the Office 365 tenant

Connect-MicrosoftTeams

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And this should prompt you for authentication where you will provide the Admin credentials to connect

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Once done, you will get connected to the tenant as below

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Now, let’s just verify the functionality by running a simple Teams command. If this succeeds, you have installed PowerShell module for Microsoft Teams properly!

Get-Team

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