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Integrate Viva Engage with on-premises SharePoint Server environments

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Although SharePoint Server provides basic enterprise social features, Viva Engage provides a richer enterprise social experience to drive increased collaboration and innovation across your organization. You can add Viva Engage functionality to SharePoint sites by adding it to the navigation bar, replacing SharePoint Server social features with Viva Engage, and embedding a Viva Engage feed into SharePoint pages.

Before you integrate Viva Engage into your SharePoint Server environment, you should learn about:

  • Viva Engage networks, groups, and users, and how they combine to create a foundation for providing you with a rich Viva Engage experience within SharePoint. For more information, see Viva Engage networks, groups, and users overview.

  • Directory synchronization and enforcing Microsoft 365 identity in Viva Engage. By using directory synchronization, your organization can use existing on-premises user accounts. Your organization can also significantly reduce operational costs and give its employees safer and easier access to Viva Engage.

    Microsoft 365 uses Microsoft Entra ID for identity management, and Viva Engage can be set up to enforce Microsoft 365 identity so that users only have to sign on once to access both SharePoint and Viva Engage content. If you're using an on-premises directory, in order to manage users in one place, you need to sync your on-premises directory with Microsoft Entra ID by using Microsoft Entra Connect.

    For more info, see Plan for directory synchronization for Microsoft 365, Integrate your on-premises directories with Microsoft Entra ID, and Enforce Microsoft 365 identity for Viva Engage users

Add Viva Engage to the navigation for SharePoint

In SharePoint Server 2019 and SharePoint Server 2016, you can add a Viva Engage tile to the navigation. For instructions, see Add Viva Engage to the navigation bar for SharePoint Server.

Here's what it looks like in SharePoint Server 2019:

SharePoint Server 2019 Microsoft 365 navigation showing the Viva Engage app

Here's what it looks like in SharePoint Server 2016:

SharePoint Server 2016 navigation showing the Viva Engage app

In SharePoint 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) for SharePoint Server 2013, you can replace the Newsfeed link with a Viva Engage link on the top navigation bar.

SharePoint Server 2013 navigation bar with Viva Engage

Use Viva Engage instead of SharePoint Newsfeed features

To take advantage of the features that are provided by Viva Engage, it's a good idea to replace the default SharePoint Server enterprise social features with equivalent Viva Engage features. You can remove the SharePoint Server social web parts from My Sites and team sites, and you can hide the user interface controls that provide social functionality.

Viva Engage home feed on a My Site page

For more information, see Hide SharePoint Server social features.

Use Viva Engage Embed to add feeds to SharePoint pages

You can use Viva Engage Embed to embed Viva Engage feeds into on-premises sites. Viva Engage Embed is a JavaScript widget that you can add to a SharePoint page to display different kinds of Viva Engage feeds.

For more information, see Add the Viva Engage Embed widget to a SharePoint page.

Social scenarios

Take a look at the most common social scenarios, and learn the steps required to integrate Viva Engage with your on-premises SharePoint Server environment. The steps for each scenario depend on the state of your existing environment and your current Viva Engage deployment.

For more information, see Social scenarios with Viva Engage and SharePoint Server.

See also

Other Resources

Viva Engage Adoption

Viva Engage Admin Guide

Viva Engage Help Center