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Export Office 365 group members to CSV

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    Managing Office 365 group memberships effectively is crucial for organizational administration, migration, and information sharing. Exporting these memberships to a Comma-Separated Values (CSV) file not only simplifies day-to-day management but also enhances the visibility of group structures when loaded into spreadsheets, allowing for a clearer analysis and better decision-making. On this page, we'll delve into what Office 365 group members are, demonstrate the process of exporting these members to a CSV file, explore various use cases for such exports, introduce an alternative method for CSV exports using Sourcetable, and address common questions about exporting Office 365 group members to CSV.

    Office 365 Group Members

    Office 365 group members are individuals who participate within Office 365 Groups, which are designed to facilitate collaboration by providing a set of shared resources. Group members can create their own groups or be added by group owners, who have the authority to add and remove members. This addition or removal of members can also be performed by global admins, Exchange admins, Group admins, and user admins. A notable feature is the ability to use Add-UnifiedGroupLinks to efficiently add large numbers of users to groups.

    Once part of an Office 365 Group, members have access to all group resources, including a shared mailbox, calendar, SharePoint site with a OneNote notebook, and a Microsoft Planner. These resources are integral to collaborative efforts within an organization. Members also have the capability to invite guests from outside the organization, thus extending collaboration beyond internal personnel.

    Administration of Office 365 Groups requires proper authority, typically held by global admins, user admins, and groups admins. They are responsible for the creation and management of groups. It is important to note that users can join groups regardless of their licensing status, although usage reports will identify those who require a license. By training users in the best practices for group creation, organizations can ensure consistency and avoid confusion or redundancy in shared resources.

    Export Office 365 Group Members to a CSV File

    Using PowerShell to Export Distribution List Members

    To export Office 365 distribution list members to a CSV file, you need to use PowerShell. Start by ensuring you have installed the Exchange Online PowerShell module and that you have the necessary permissions to access Exchange Online. Once set up, you can use the Get-DistributionGroupMember cmdlet to retrieve the members of a specific distribution group. Then, select the desired properties, such as display names and primary SMTP addresses, with the Select command. Finally, use the Export-CSV cmdlet to save this information into a CSV file.

    Connecting to Exchange Online and Exporting Group Members

    First, use the Connect-ExchangeOnline command to establish a connection with Exchange Online. Once connected and authenticated, utilize the Get-DistributionGroup cmdlet to list all distribution groups. With the list of groups, you can iterate over them and use the Get-DistributionGroupMember cmdlet for each group to get its members. After gathering the members' details, use the Export-CSV command to export the data into a CSV file for each distribution group.

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    Streamline Your Data Management with Sourcetable

    Using Sourcetable to import Office 365 group members directly into a spreadsheet is a superior approach compared to the traditional method of exporting to CSV and then importing to another spreadsheet program. One of the key benefits of Sourcetable is its ability to sync your live data from a variety of apps or databases, including Office 365. This means you can have real-time access to your group member information without the need for manual exports.

    Sourcetable simplifies the process of pulling in data from multiple sources, offering a seamless integration that saves time and reduces the potential for errors that can occur during the transfer of data between formats. Its intuitive spreadsheet interface makes it easy to query and analyze your data, providing a powerful tool for automation and business intelligence. By using Sourcetable, you can streamline your data management processes, allowing you to focus on insights and decisions rather than data handling.

    Common Use Cases

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      Reporting on current group membership
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      Tracking usage and adoption of Office 365 Groups

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the methods available to export Office 365 Group members to a CSV file?

    There are two methods available: using the Exchange PowerShell script or using the Exchange Admin Center.

    Which method of exporting Office 365 Group members to CSV is easier for users with less technical knowledge?

    Using the Exchange Admin Center method is easier.

    What does the PowerShell script require to export Office 365 Group membership to a CSV file?

    The PowerShell script requires knowledge of Exchange PowerShell and the Exchange Online PowerShell module. The user must also have permission to access Exchange Online.

    Can the CSV file obtained by exporting Office 365 Group members be used for other purposes?

    Yes, the CSV file can be used to manage group membership, re-imported, or used for tenant to tenant Office 365 migration.

    Is there a tool to backup Office 365 Groups to PST files?

    Yes, the KernelExport Office 365 to PST tool can be used to backup Microsoft 365 Groups, mailboxes, shared mailboxes, and public folders to PST files.


    Exporting Office 365 group members to a CSV is a streamlined process that can greatly assist with reporting and auditing tasks. By utilizing PowerShell with the Get-DistributionGroupMember and Get-DistributionGroup cmdlets, you can efficiently gather details such as display names and primary SMTP addresses of distribution group members, as well as the owners of the distribution lists. While these methods require the Exchange Online PowerShell module and appropriate permissions, there is also a simpler alternative for administrators who prefer not to use PowerShell. From the admin account, user data can be exported directly to a CSV file using the available export option within Office 365. However, if you're seeking an even more straightforward approach, consider using Sourcetable. Sourcetable allows you to import data directly into a spreadsheet, bypassing the need for CSV files altogether. Sign up for Sourcetable to get started and simplify your data management today.

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