How can I create a data room in Microsoft Teams?

When it comes to collaborating on documents and projects within an organization, Microsoft Teams offers a robust solution for secure data sharing. One common use case is setting up a data room where sensitive information can be accessed and reviewed by specific team members. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of creating a data room in Microsoft Teams.

  1. Prepare Your Environment
    Before diving into the creation process, ensure that your Teams environment is ready for a data room setup.

    This includes:

    • Teams License: All team members should have valid Teams licenses to access the platform.
    • Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Enable 2FA for all users to add an extra layer of security.
    • Sharing Policies: Set up sharing policies that suit your organization’s requirements, such as password protection or expiration dates for shared links.
  2. Create a New Team
    To create a data room, start by setting up a new team. This can be done in the Teams admin center or via the Microsoft Teams desktop client:

    • Teams Admin Center: Navigate to the Teams admin portal (, go to "Org-wide settings", and under "Team Settings", click on "+ Add a team".
    • Microsoft Teams Desktop Client: Click on the Teams icon in your system tray, then go to "Teams" > "Join or create a team" > "Create a team from scratch", and give it a name.
  3. Set Up Channels
    After creating the new team, set up channels within it for specific data room projects or topics:

    • Channel Name: Use descriptive channel names that clearly indicate the purpose of each channel.
    • Privacy: Set each channel’s privacy level based on your organization’s needs (Public vs. Private).
  4. Add Members
    Invite team members to join the data room by adding them as members of the team:

    • Teams Admin Center: Go to "Users" > select the user(s) > under "Team membership", click on "+ Add".
    • Microsoft Teams Desktop Client: Right-click on the team name in your Teams app > "Add member" > search for and select the desired users.
  5. Share Files
    Share files or documents with team members within your data room:

    • Upload Files: Upload files directly to a channel using the "Attach file" option when composing a new message.
    • Link External Files: Share links to external files, such as those stored on SharePoint or OneDrive.
  6. Collaborate and Review
    Use features like @mentions, comments, and inline editing to facilitate collaboration within your data room:

    • @Mentions: Use "@username" to tag team members in messages or files.
    • Comments: Add comments directly on files to discuss specific points.
    • Inline Editing: Edit documents together in real-time using Office Online integrations.

  7. Set Up Notifications
    Configure notifications for your data room to ensure you stay informed about important activities:

    • Email Notifications: Set up email notifications for specific events, such as new messages or file uploads.
    • Desktop Notifications: Enable desktop notifications for real-time updates within Microsoft Teams.

By following these steps, you will have created a secure and collaborative data room within Microsoft Teams to manage your organization’s sensitive information effectively.