What's Coming to School Data Sync?What's Coming to School Data Sync?

Below please find a list of features and enhancements in development for School Data Sync. Once a feature has launched, it will be featured on our "What's New" pageBelow please find a list of features and enhancements in development for School Data Sync. Once a feature has launched, it will be featured on our "What's New" page


Upcoming FeatureUpcoming Feature Feature DescriptionFeature Description
SDS Security Groups by DefaultSDS Security Groups by Default
SDS will begin creating an All Teachers and All Students Security Group by default. SDS will also create a Teachers of a School and Students of School security group, for each school synced by default. Currently, SDS only creates these groups if the admin has enabled at least one Intune for Education SKU within the tenant. These Security Groups can be used for advanced administrative capabilities like Group Based Licensing, Conditional Access Policy, and several other security and directory management options.SDS will begin creating an All Teachers and All Students Security Group by default. SDS will also create a Teachers of a School and Students of School security group, for each school synced by default. Currently, SDS only creates these groups if the admin has enabled at least one Intune for Education SKU within the tenant. These Security Groups can be used for advanced administrative capabilities like Group Based Licensing, Conditional Access Policy, and several other security and directory management options.
Parent Identity SyncParent Identity Sync
SDS will begin providing an option to sync Parent/Guardian identities to Azure AD from any OneRoster API enabled SIS. Parents/Guardians will be synchronized as contacts, to facilitate basic email communication to the Parent/Guardian external email address synced. The parents will also be linked to the student, enabling applications to consume the parent and student association via the Microsoft Education APIs. Following the initial release described, parents will be added to the SDS CSV format, to enable parent/guardian identity sync from CSV files. Following that update, parents/guardians will be synced to AAD as full guest accounts, enabling a much broader range of app integration scenarios for Office 365 EDU customers.SDS will begin providing an option to sync Parent/Guardian identities to Azure AD from any OneRoster API enabled SIS. Parents/Guardians will be synchronized as contacts, to facilitate basic email communication to the Parent/Guardian external email address synced. The parents will also be linked to the student, enabling applications to consume the parent and student association via the Microsoft Education APIs. Following the initial release described, parents will be added to the SDS CSV format, to enable parent/guardian identity sync from CSV files. Following that update, parents/guardians will be synced to AAD as full guest accounts, enabling a much broader range of app integration scenarios for Office 365 EDU customers.
Class Expiry and Term Transition ManagementClass Expiry and Term Transition Management
SDS will release several new capabilties for managing classes in bulk for term transition and expired class directory management. These features will provide simple one-click options to rename expired classes, clear student rosters, soft-delete classes, and archive synced classes.SDS will release several new capabilties for managing classes in bulk for term transition and expired class directory management. These features will provide simple one-click options to rename expired classes, clear student rosters, soft-delete classes, and archive synced classes.
OneNote Class Notebook Creation from SDS groupsOneNote Class Notebook Creation from SDS groups
SDS will begin creating groups that can be used within the OneNote Class Notebook Creation Wizard for simplified import and creation of CNBs at a more efficient scale.SDS will begin creating groups that can be used within the OneNote Class Notebook Creation Wizard for simplified import and creation of CNBs at a more efficient scale.
Performance ImprovementsPerformance Improvements
SDS will release several targeted performance and scalability updates to the service. These updates will improve sync processing for large CSV data sets, by providing true delta sync capabilities for all object types synced, and auto-partitioning of CSV files upon upload. These updates will enable customers to run daily syncs for up to one million user tenants and SDS data sets.SDS will release several targeted performance and scalability updates to the service. These updates will improve sync processing for large CSV data sets, by providing true delta sync capabilities for all object types synced, and auto-partitioning of CSV files upon upload. These updates will enable customers to run daily syncs for up to one million user tenants and SDS data sets.