Prevent users from uploading videos to Microsoft Stream

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In this blog post I will go through the process of preventing all users from uploading videos to Microsoft Stream. By default, everyone in your organisation can upload videos to Microsoft Stream, but you may want to limit the employees who can upload videos, for example, you may want to make sure the experience is always curated and hence want to assign a few content creators, or you are performing a proof of concept with a smaller audience before allowing anyone within your organisation to start creating content. Before I begin, let’s start with a little explanation about Microsoft Stream.

What is Microsoft Stream?
Microsoft Stream is an Enterprise Video service where people in your organisation can upload, view, and share videos securely. You can share recordings of classes, meetings, presentations, training sessions, or other videos that aid your team’s collaboration.

Microsoft Stream is a secure video service so you can manage who views your video content and determine how widely to share within your organisation. Secure application access is enabled by Azure Active Directory.

Microsoft Stream also helps you organise content into channels and groups so it’s easier to find. Microsoft Stream works well with other Office 365 apps like Teams, SharePoint, OneNote, and Yammer, giving even more ways to discover more relevant content.

Let’s get started

  1. Login to the Microsoft Stream Admin Center

    Note: If you’re wanting to manage content on behalf of users, the admin mode feature will need to be enabled

    When Admin mode is switched ON, Microsoft Stream admins can manage content on behalf of users, including private content or content they don’t normally have permission to edit.

2. Click the cog icon found towards the top right corner and click Admin settings as shown below

3. Click content creation

Note: by default, All users are currently allowed to comment on videos. If you wish to disable comments, you can do so by clicking comments displayed above the option Content creation

4. Switch the button to on

Note: here you may also prevent all users from company wide channel creation. You may restrict this to certain users

5. and specify who is allowed to upload videos

Don’t forget to click the save option when ready

Other options:

1. Configure live events policy in Microsoft Streams

By default, all users can create live events. Here you can restrict this action.

2. Configure company policy for Microsoft Stream users

Present your company policy to your users here

3. Restore videos in Microsoft Streams

Microsoft Stream Videos will only be accessible from the recycle bin for 30 days

We would love to hear from you, so if you have any further tips on Microsoft Stream that you wish to share, please comment below.