FAQ

What are the differences between a Unified Group and a SharePoint site?

Unified Groups are exactly what they sound like, groups that incorporate features from various O365 products in one unified feature.  These groups have simplified and stripped down functionalities designed to make self management more simple, at the cost of customizability. They include a group Distribution List, Calendar, SharePoint Site and can be self managed and created.

A full fledged SharePoint site doesn't have an email address or a calendar like a Unified Group does, and includes the full featureset for SharePoint.  Site collections must be created by HUIT, or sites Read more about What are the differences between a Unified Group and a SharePoint site?

How do "Restricted Links" work?

A restricted link is only valid for individuals who have been granted permissions to a resource.

For example, if the resource is shared with A, B, and C, and you send this link to D, D will not be able to access this resource.

This can be very helpful for when you are trying to avoid having an individual wait for an invitation to the resource, you can simply give them access, and send them the link to the resource in a personal email.  It also is useful for sharing sensitive information, even if someone obtains a link to the resource, they will not be able to access it

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Why is the O365 login page different?/Why can't I login?

On Friday, August 5, HUIT successfully performed a major upgrade to the Office 365 authentication engine. This upgrade changed the look of the login pages, improved security and added several important product features.  You will notice a different login page when you sign into Office 365.

If you cannot log into Office 365 please clear your browser's cache.
Make sure you have 

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How do I move my personal or departmental files to OneDrive or SharePoint?

If you're looking to migrate personal or departmental data/files from your computer, DropBox, Google Drive, Network Share/s to your OneDrive, SharePoint Site or Group there are 3 basic ways to move your data:

  1. Drag and drop to OneDrive in your browser
  2. Open in explorer view (Windows only) and drag and drop into your OneDrive folder
  3. OneDrive Sync

These methods are covered

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What happens to my data in Office 365 when I leave the University?

When you leave Harvard your Office 365 data is immediately deleted.  This includes your email, calendar, contacts and OneDrive files (including documents you've shared).  Documents stored in a Team Site (SharePoint) or Office365 Group will not be deleted.  Prior to your departure from the University you should coordinate with your manager and provide copies of any and all business critical documents stored in your OneDrive or email.  Your account is recoverable for a period no greater than 30 days from the date your affiliation with the University ends.

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How do I log in to Office.com?

When you are trying to log in to Office.com you should always select the "Work or school account" option instead of the "Microsoft account" option.  If you select the Microsoft account option you won't have access to your Harvard data.