Hide Modern Team Sites From the Global Address List During Provisioning

Microsoft announced an addition to the Graph API beta endpoint for Groups that allows administrators and developers to hide Microsoft 365 Groups from the Exchange Online Address Book at any time, including provisioning of Groups via SharePoint Online Team site creation. This extends to any service that creates a Team site, such as provisioning a Microsoft Team.

This script is designed for Azure Automation, which I would encourage all IT Pros to look at when Site Designs and Power Automate don’t cover a particular provisioning scenario. You can attach a Site Design to a site template, including the default Team site template, to call a Power Automate flow which in turn calls Azure Automation to apply any settings you wish.

This does require a registered App in Azure AD with the Group.ReadWrite.All API permission. The script has a couple of variables that need to be created in the Azure Automation account Variables section. The script input requires the Power Automate flow to send the Group ID as a variable.

I will have a step-by-step guide for this coming in the near future that covers this script.

Here’s the script you would use, in Azure Automation, to hide the Microsoft 365 Groups from the Global Address List in Exchange Online.

  [Parameter (Mandatory=$true)]
  [String] $groupId

$connectionName = "AzureRunAsConnection"

#Get the connection "AzureRunAsConnection"
$servicePrincipalConnection = Get-AutomationConnection -Name $connectionName

    "Logging in to Azure..."
    Add-AzureRmAccount `
        -ServicePrincipal `
        -TenantId $servicePrincipalConnection.TenantId `
        -ApplicationId $servicePrincipalConnection.ApplicationId `
        -CertificateThumbprint $servicePrincipalConnection.CertificateThumbprint 
catch {
    if (!$servicePrincipalConnection)
        $ErrorMessage = "Connection $connectionName not found."
        throw $ErrorMessage
    } else{
        Write-Error -Message $_.Exception
        throw $_.Exception

try {
    ### Microsoft 365 Group Hide from GAL
    $ClientSecret = Get-AutomationVariable -Name 'ClientSecret' #from Azure AD registered App
    $loginURL = "https://login.microsoftonline.com"
    $tenantName = Get-AutomationVariable -Name 'TenantName' #contoso.onmicrosoft.com
    $scope = "https://graph.microsoft.com/.default"

    $body = @{grant_type="client_credentials";scope=$scope;client_id=$servicePrincipalConnection.ApplicationId;client_secret=$ClientSecret}
    $oauth = Invoke-RestMethod -Method Post -Uri $("$loginURL/$tenantName/oauth2/v2.0/token") -Body $body
    $token = $oauth.access_token

    # Note we're using a _beta_ endpoint! Update to 1.0 when this API is updated.
    $Uri = "https://graph.microsoft.com/beta/groups/$($groupId)?`$select=hideFromAddressLists"
    $Header = @{"Authorization" = "Bearer $token"}
    $Body = @{hideFromAddressLists = 'true'}
    $ApiBody = ConvertTo-Json -InputObject $Body

    Invoke-RestMethod -Uri $Uri -Method PATCH -Headers $Header -Body $ApiBody -ContentType "application/json"
catch {
    Write-Output "Error occurred: $PSItem"

I’ve waited for years for this property, so I’m glad Microsoft has finally released this capability. It will make your Exchange Online administrators very happy!

Trevor Seward is a Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP who specializes in SharePoint Server administration, hybrid scenarios, and SharePoint Online. He has been working with SharePoint for 16 years from SharePoint 2003 on up, managing environments with terabytes of content for 150,000+ user organizations. Trevor is an author of Deploying SharePoint 2016 and Deploying SharePoint 2019. You can find him at /r/sharepoint.