Create a Microsoft 365 group with a specific preferred data location
When users in a multi-geo environment create a Microsoft 365 group, the group preferred data location (PDL) is automatically set to that of the user. Global, SharePoint, and Exchange Administrators can create groups in any Geography they select.
If you need to create a group with a specific PDL, you can do that using from the SharePoint admin center or through the Exchange Online New-UnifiedGroup Microsoft PowerShell cmdlet. When you do this, both the group mailbox and SharePoint site associated with the group will be provisioned in the specified PDL.
To create a Microsoft 365 group with the PDL that you specify, go to the SharePoint admin center in the Geography location where you want to create the group site.
If you want to create a group site in your Australia location, you can go to
- Select + Create.
- Follow the process to create a group site.
Your group site will be provisioned in the Geography location corresponding to the SharePoint admin center from which you initiated the site creation request.
Using Exchange PowerShell
Connect to Exchange Online PowerShell and pass the parameter -MailBoxRegion with the geo location code.
New-UnifiedGroup -DisplayName MultiGeoEUR -Alias "MultiGeoEUR" -AccessType Public -MailboxRegion EUR
SharePoint group site provisioning is on-demand. The site will be provisioned the first time a group owner or member attempts to access it.
Geo location codes
|Geo location||Code||eDiscovery data location|
|Macro Region Geography 2 - Asia-Pacific||APC||Southeast or East Asia datacenters|
|Australia||AUS||Southeast or East Asia datacenters|
|Brazil||BRA||(eDiscovery data location coming soon)|
|Macro Region Geography 1 - EMEA||EUR||Europe datacenters|
|India||IND||Southeast or East Asia datacenters|
|Japan||JPN||Southeast or East Asia datacenters|
|Korea||KOR||Southeast or East Asia datacenters|
|Macro Region Geography 3 - Americas||NAM||US datacenters|
|Norway||NOR||(eDiscovery data location coming soon)|
|Qatar||QAT||(eDiscovery data location coming soon)|
|South Africa||ZAF||Europe datacenters|
|United Arab Emirates||ARE||Southeast or East Asia datacenters|
|United Kingdom||GBR||Europe datacenters|
Connect to Exchange Online PowerShell
Create groups with a specific preferred data location using Graph API
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