Managing Groups: Microsoft Graph vs. Exchange Online


Let's talk about how to manage groups efficiently using Microsoft Graph and Microsoft Exchange Online. Understanding the type of group is crucial, as it dictates the API we should use.

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Group Types

Here's a breakdown of the group types and their corresponding management methods:

  1. Dynamic Membership Groups:

    • Dynamic membership groups are identified by the presence of "Dynamic membership" in the group type property. These groups cannot be directly modified through APIs.

  2. Unified Groups:

    • Unified groups are managed using Microsoft Graph API. They are groups where "unified" is present in the group types property or when mail-enabled is set to false.

  3. Security Groups:

    • Security groups can be managed using Exchange Online if mail-enabled is set to true. If mail-enabled is false, they are managed by Microsoft Graph API.

  4. Distribution Groups:

    • Distribution groups are also managed using Exchange Online.


By understanding the nuances of different group types and mapping them appropriately, you can efficiently handle group operations within your applications.

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