Refresh Updated Security Group Name in SharePoint Online Sites

Daniel Chee 251 Reputation points

Hi MS Q&A,

Seeking advice and recommendation if it is possible to via PowerShell to manually refresh a renamed Security Group name reflected against SharePoint Online Sites or it will automatically reflect updated name over time?

Security Group A had been granted permission to a SharePoint Online site.
Security Group A has been renamed via AAD to Security Group B.
SharePoint Online site still shows Security Group A and does not refresh to display updated name.

People Picker shows updated Security Group name subsequently after rename, however re-adding the same Security Group will still show up with the old name.
The displayed name was only able to update once purging the Security Group from the All People listing (.../_layouts/15/people.aspx?MembershipGroupId=0), however this is not preferred in cases where the Security Group might be explicitly associated on multiple subsites / items and attracts increased overheads to track and re-apply explicit permissions.

Appreciate any advice or information.

Thank you.

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  1. Jake Harvey 11 Reputation points

    The solution is to remove the group from the site collection.

    I had a hunch (based on some other, similar SharePoint issues regarding syncing and Azure) and just went through the steps. And then coincidentally had to perform the same action in our production site because someone accidentally flipped two words in the Azure name.

    The basic steps are to visit the list of people and groups, in the "all people" view they don't link to anywhere (good luck finding it if you have a lot of each).

    Locate the group and delete it. Then go back to your SharePoint group, and re-add the Azure group and the name will be correct.

    I'm jumping into a meeting, hopefully that helps everyone. Otherwise leave a comment and I'll try to clarify.

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  2. Kuratli Ueli DIF_IDS 5 Reputation points

    Any solution on this?

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  3. Elsie Lu_MSFT 9,791 Reputation points

    Hi @Daniel Chee ,

    I did a test, first created a security group Sion1, and it can be found:

    Then change the group name to Sion2:


    You can try to refresh the page in the Admin center and the permission page. Then wait for some time, usually the Group name will be updated automatically.

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  4. timo 1 Reputation point

    Same issue, any resolution?

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  5. Philip Sumesgutner 1 Reputation point

    Same issue with one of my tenants. Any solution?

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