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Applying, Setting or Enforcing Teams Policies and Other Settings for Microsoft School Data Sync (SDS) Users - Stone STEPER

Article ID: 796
Last updated: 23 Jun, 2021
Article ID: 796
Last updated: 23 Jun, 2021
Revision: 32
Views: 415
Posted: 26 May, 2020
by Andrew Sharrad
Updated: 23 Jun, 2021
by Andrew Sharrad

Stone STEPER

STEPER is designed to ensure that Teams Policies and user licensing is automatically configured or deployed for new users in your M365 environment. It is designed to be used in conjunction with a manual or automatic data import via Microsoft School Data Sync (SDS) v1.

By default, is it configured to use the standard licensing group and Teams group names as deployed by Stone Computers in the 2020-2021 DFE Schools Deployment, but any names can be used.

It supports applying Teams Policies via Security group memberships, and/or via user property filters.

Download and Manual

The attached downloads include a manual. The software is available without charge.

Latest Version: 1.0.51 as of 23/6/2021

Key Functionality

Applying Licensing

  • Applying licensing to Students or Teachers by adding them to a licensing group as required

Applying Teachers to the All Staff Team

  • Applying Teachers and the Global Admin to the Staff Team Unified Group

Applying Students to an All Students Unified Group

Setting the Students Department Field

  • Use the SDS Grade field
  • Or alternatively use the SDS Graduation field

Applying Teachers or Students to different Security Groups

  • Use a Powershell style filter to select teachers or students and add them to a security group
  • Additionally, filter students by licensing status, licensing group membership, or via group membership rules
  • Up to 100 Teacher Groups can be configured and 100 Student Groups

Applying Teachers or Students to different Unified Groups

  • Use a Powershell style filter to select teachers or students and add them to a unified group
  • Additionally, filter students by licensing status, licensing group membership, or via group membership rules
  • Up to 100 Teacher Groups can be configured and 100 Student Groups

Applying Teachers or Students to different Distribution Groups

  • Use a Powershell style filter to select teachers or students and add them to a distribution group
  • Additionally, filter students by licensing status, licensing group membership, or via group membership rules
  • Up to 100 Teacher Groups can be configured and 100 Student Groups

Applying Teams Policies Packages

  • Use a Powershell style filter to select teachers or students and apply a Teams Policy Package
  • Additionally, filter students by licensing status, licensing group membership, or via group membership rules
  • Up to 100 Teacher Packages can be configured and 100 Student Packages
  • Configurable thresholds for batch or immediate package processing

Applying Teams Policies

  • Use a Powershell style filter to select teachers or students and apply up to 8 of the most common Teams policies
  • Additionally, filter students by licensing status, licensing group membership, or via group membership rules
  • Up to 100 Teacher policy sets can be configured and 100 Student policy sets
  • Configurable thresholds for batch or immediate policy processing

Export Information

  • Export all user Policy and Package Information
  • Export all user Department Information
  • Export existing Policy Jobs

STEPER ideally uses the following source user groups:

  • All Teachers Group (from SDS)
  • All Students Group (from SDS)

It can filter Students or Teachers in those groups by Username domain i.e. myschool.co.uk

Note: The software is provided without charge. If you have a support contract from Stone, we can offer you assistance with this software too. If you want to discuss a support contract, please contact your account manager.

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Article ID: 796
Last updated: 23 Jun, 2021
Revision: 32
Views: 415
Posted: 26 May, 2020 by Andrew Sharrad
Updated: 23 Jun, 2021 by Andrew Sharrad
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