Integrate Yammer with on-premises SharePoint 2013 environments

Summary: Learn how to add Yammer functionality to a SharePoint environment and how to replace SharePoint Newsfeeds with Yammer.

Yammer comes in two varieties: Yammer Basic and Yammer Enterprise. Yammer Basic is free and available to all users. It lets employees collaborate with other members of their organization. Yammer Enterprise is a premium version that extends an organization's basic Yammer network. It's available as part of many SharePoint Online and Office 365 plans. (See Office 365 plans.) Yammer Enterprise provides additional tools and resources to help organizations set up the best possible enterprise social network. Find out more about Yammer at About Yammer.

Although SharePoint Server 2013 provides basic enterprise social features, Yammer provides a richer enterprise social experience. You can add Yammer functionality to SharePoint sites by adding it to the navigation bar to embed a Yammer feed in a site. For more information about Yammer features and SharePoint Server 2013, see Work like a network! Enterprise social and the future of work.

Yammer networks, groups, and users

Before you integrate Yammer into your SharePoint Server 2013 environment, you should learn about Yammer networks, groups, and users, and how they combine to create a foundation for providing you with a rich Yammer experience within SharePoint.

For more information, see Yammer networks, groups, and users overview.

Use Yammer with SharePoint Server 2013

You can choose whether to use the social features in SharePoint or Yammer. If you want to take advantage of the power of Yammer with SharePoint, you can use any of the following methods:

Directory synchronization and single sign-on

By using directory synchronization, your organization can use existing on-premises user accounts. Your organization can also significantly reduce operational costs and give its employees safer and easier access to Yammer.

Office 365 uses Azure Active Directory for identity management, and Yammer Enterprise can be set up to enforce Office 365 identity. If you're using an on-premises directory, in order to manage users in one place, you need to sync your on-premises directory with Azure Active Directory by using Azure Active Directory Connect.

For more information, see Plan for directory synchronization for Office 365 and Integrate your on-premises directories with Azure Active Directory.

User interface integration

To take advantage of the features that are provided by Yammer, you should integrate the Yammer experience into SharePoint, and replace the default SharePoint Server 2013 enterprise social features. This is where users can take advantage of Yammer to drive increased collaboration and innovation across their organization.

To take advantage of the power of Yammer with SharePoint, you can use any of the following methods:

Add Yammer to the navigation bar for SharePoint 2013

You can replace the Newsfeed link with a Yammer link on the top navigation bar for SharePoint. This functionality is included in Service Pack 1 (SP1) for SharePoint Server 2013.

SharePoint navigation bar with Yammer

For more information, see Add Yammer to the navigation bar for SharePoint 2013.

Use Yammer instead of SharePoint Newsfeed features

To take advantage of the features that are provided by Yammer, it's a good idea to replace the default SharePoint Server 2013 enterprise social features with equivalent Yammer features. You can remove the SharePoint Server 2013 social web parts from My Sites and team sites, and you can hide the user interface controls that provide social functionality.

Yammer home feed on a My Site page

For more information, see Hide SharePoint Server 2013 social features.

Use Yammer Embed to add feeds to SharePoint pages

You can use Yammer Embed to embed Yammer feeds into on-premises sites. Yammer Embed is a JavaScript widget that you can add to SharePoint Server 2013 pages to display different kinds of Yammer feeds.

For more information, see Add the Yammer Embed widget to a SharePoint page.

Social scenarios

We describe a set of scenarios common to most customers. For each scenario, we outline the steps that are required to integrate Yammer with your on-premises SharePoint Server 2013 environment. The steps for each scenario vary based on the state of your existing environment and your current Yammer deployment.

For more information, see Social scenarios with Yammer and SharePoint Server 2013.

See also

Other Resources

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