Step 4: Sync your SIS using School Data Sync (SDS)
School Data Sync (SDS) is a free service in Office 365 for Education that reads the school and roster data from a school's Student Information System (SIS). It creates Office 365 Groups for Exchange Online and SharePoint Online, class teams for Microsoft Teams and OneNote Class notebooks, school groups for Intune for Education, and rostering and SSO integration for many other third party applications. Key app integration scenarios that SDS enables include:
Teams for Education – SDS enables automatic Class Team creation based on SDS-created O365 Groups and Rostering.
OneNote Class Notebooks – SDS enables automated OneNote Class Notebook provisioning within Teams for Education. When enabled, each Class Notebook will have sections created and permissions set based on SDS class rostering data imported during sync.
Exchange Online and SharePoint Online –SDS creates Office 365 Groups for online messaging, file sharing, and collaboration.
Intune for Education – SDS creates schools-based Security Groups for granular device policy and can also provide automated bulk licensing of Intune for Education for all students and teachers synced.
3rd Party Apps – SDS integrates with numerous apps within the Microsoft Store and enables Rostering and Single Sign-On (SSO) app integration.
Once you have identity integration with On-Premise AD, or you’re ready to create cloud-only Identity, your next step is to enable School Data Sync (SDS). SDS can be used to either create new cloud-only identities or evolve your existing identities for all users. Users will be evolved to “students” and “teachers”, and associated to “grade,” “school,” and other EDU specific attributes and associations.
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