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Introduction to Druva inSync for Groups

License editions: To understand the applicable license editions, see Plans & Pricing.


With the increasing adoption of Groups for easy collaboration, it is essential to safeguard this critical data from corruption, compromise, or loss. To safeguard your Groups data, Druva cloud is the perfect solution for you that ensures the integrity of data by protecting it from ransomware and provides hassle-free backup and recovery.

Refer to the video-based Quick Reference Guide to get started with Groups.


Let's look at the benefits of using Druva cloud for Groups data protection.

  • Recover Groups data and avoid any business disruptions caused due to data loss in case of accidental deletion or ransomware attack.

  • Auto-configuration and retention settings that help in reduced time and efforts to protect Groups data.

  • One-time configuration to secure, manage, track, monitor, and get notified of compliance risks of Groups data in your organization.

Supported Microsoft 365 editions

The following Microsoft 365 editions are supported:

Microsoft 365 For Business

Microsoft 365 Business Basic

Microsoft 365 Business Standard

Microsoft 365 Business Premium

Microsoft 365 For Enterprise

Microsoft 365 E3

Microsoft 365 E5

Microsoft 365 F3

Office 365 For Enterprise

Office 365 E1

Office 365 E3

Office 365 E5


Office 365 E1

Office 365 E3

Office 365 E5


Office 365 A1

Office 365 A3

Office 365 A5

Data backed up for Groups

The data backup is supported for the following group types:

  • Microsoft 365 groups
  • Distribution groups
  • Security groups
  • Mail-enabled security groups

Private as well as public groups data is also backed up. The backup includes the following components:

Groups Metadata

Name, email, type, membership type, privacy, created on, members and owners, groups settings, the sensitivity label


  • The owners of distribution groups and mail-enabled security groups are not backed up.
  • The Microsoft 365 group user context property isSubscribedByMail is not backed up.


All sites and subsites content, document libraries, lists, pages, and all metadata

Supported tasks for Groups

The following table displays the various tasks that you can perform for Groups by using inSync:

Backup  Restore  Download  *Federated Search Legal Hold **Scan the data for compliance risks








Required roles and permissions for access to Groups

For more information about the required permissions to access and protect Groups data, see Microsoft 365 App Permissions for Druva App.

Integration with SharePoint 

Sharepoint is an associated sub-app only for Microsoft 365 groups. The following table explains how the integration between Groups and SharePoint works for different workflows.

Workflow Groups SharePoint



If a Group is discovered

The corresponding site is discovered on the SharePoint side.


If a Group backup is triggered                       

The backup is triggered for the SharePoint site if it is configured and enabled for backup on Druva Cloud SharePoint protection page.

Scheduled backup

If the scheduled backup is triggered

The backup is triggered for the associated SharePoint site as well if it is configured and enabled for backup on Druva Cloud SharePoint protection page.


If you disable a group 

It disables the associated site on the SharePoint side.


If you enable a group 

It enables the associated site on the SharePoint side.


If you delete a group

It deletes the associated site on the SharePoint side.

Restore: Full Group Restore is supported for Microsoft 365 Groups.

In-place restore

Group metadata is restored in-place first 

Then the site data is restored to an existing site.

Restore to a new group

A new group is created. Group metadata is restored to a new group

If the source Group has a SharePoint site associated with it, a site is created linked to the Group where the site data is restored.

Note: If the SharePoint site and Microsoft 365 groups have different backup frequencies, the minimum backup frequency is considered for both.

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