Introduction to SharePoint and OneDrive in Microsoft 365 for administrators

SharePoint and OneDrive in Microsoft 365 are cloud-based services that help organizations share and manage content, knowledge, and applications to:

  • Empower teamwork
  • Quickly find information
  • Seamlessly collaborate across the organization

The resources on this page are designed to get you started. Depending on the needs of your organization, you may want to read about migration and governance options before you start rolling SharePoint and OneDrive out to your users.

If you're ready to get started with SharePoint and OneDrive, read Plan for SharePoint and OneDrive in Microsoft 365 and follow the planning and rollout articles that are listed in that article.

If you're just starting out with SharePoint and OneDrive, learn about the FastTrack onboarding and adoption services, find a SharePoint certified partner, or visit the SharePoint community.

Once you're using SharePoint and OneDrive, get the OneDrive sync app and the mobile app.


If you have files that you need to move to SharePoint and OneDrive, the resources in this section can help you get started.

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Learn how to include migration as part of your plan to roll out SharePoint and OneDrive Migration planning for SharePoint and OneDrive rollout
How to migrate content from file shares or other cloud providers using Migration Manager Migrate your content to Microsoft 365
How to migrate SharePoint Server sites and content Overview of the SharePoint Migration Tool (SPMT)


If your organization has legal or other requirements that govern the handling of data, or if you have sensitive or confidential information that you want to protect, these references can help you configure SharePoint for your governance standards and policies.

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How to plan your compliance requirements for SharePoint and OneDrive Plan compliance requirements for SharePoint and OneDrive
How to ensure that you retain files for a specified period of time, or delete them on a specified schedule Overview of retention policies

OneDrive retention and deletion
How to classify documents based on the sensitivity of the information Overview of sensitivity labels

Enable sensitivity labels for Office files in SharePoint and OneDrive
How to prevent the loss or exfiltration of important data in documents emails Learn data loss prevention
Search for in-place items such as email, documents, and instant messaging conversations Content Search in Microsoft 365

If you use OneDrive in your organization and you want to protect important files by saving them to the cloud, govern how much storage space users get, or govern how users sync file, these references will help you configure your policies.

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Protect important files on users' desktops or in their Documents folder Redirect and move Windows known folders to OneDrive and Redirect and move macOS Desktop and Documents folders to OneDrive
Control how users sync files to their devices Use Group Policy to control OneDrive sync settings and Deploy and configure the OneDrive sync app for Mac
Configure the amount of storage space users have in OneDrive Set the default storage space for OneDrive users

Microsoft Teams

SharePoint is deeply integrated into Teams. Files that are stored in Teams are stored in SharePoint sites. When you administer SharePoint sites in the SharePoint admin center, you may find that many of them are connected to teams. Use these resources to understand how SharePoint and Teams are integrated.

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Learn about how Teams and SharePoint work together Overview of Teams and SharePoint integration
Learn how to manage settings and permissions when Teams and SharePoint are integrated together Manage settings and permissions when SharePoint and Teams are integrated


SharePoint and OneDrive provide a rich collaboration environment where people inside and outside your organization can work together, coauthoring documents. Microsoft 365 provides a variety of options to help you create a secure and productive file collaboration environment that meets the needs of your organization. Use these resources to get started.

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Learn about secure collaboration in Microsoft 365 Set up secure collaboration with Microsoft 365
Learn about file collaboration and how to plan your implementation Intro to file collaboration in Microsoft 365

File collaboration in SharePoint with Microsoft 365
Learn about collaborating with people outside your organization External sharing overview

Collaborate with guests
Use the security and compliance features in Microsoft 365 to help secure your guest sharing environment Create a secure guest sharing environment

Modern intranet

SharePoint provides a rich set of tools to help you create and maintain your organization's intranet. Use these resources to get started.

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Learn about the different types of SharePoint sites Plan your SharePoint site
Select whether to allow users to create their own sites Manage site creation
Learn how to plan an intelligent intranet for your organization Plan an intelligent SharePoint intranet

Planning your SharePoint hub sites


Administrators are often called upon to teach others in the organization how to use new technologies. Use these resources to help your users be successful with SharePoint and OneDrive.

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Get a list of training resources for your users Training and change management for rolling out SharePoint and OneDrive
Set up a customizable training portal with Microsoft training content for your organization Microsoft 365 learning pathways
Show your users the basics of SharePoint SharePoint help & learning
Show your users the basics of OneDrive OneDrive help & learning


SharePoint provides a wide range of options for customization. We recommend using the out-of-box features and functionality as much as possible to meet your organization's needs. If you do need to customize SharePoint, see these references.

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Understand how to customize SharePoint using modern tools and techniques Customizing SharePoint
Build SharePoint Framework solutions, apps, add-ins, and solutions SharePoint development

SharePoint Limits

Getting started with the SharePoint Online Management Shell

Microsoft Partner Center

Tips and tricks for navigating Microsoft 365 technical documentation