Cloud Services Thread, Skydrive Pro - Syncing folder redirected documents in Technical; I'm currently looking into the use of Skydrive Pro for use in a school environment, while we are still on ...
1st July 2013, 01:06 PM #1
Skydrive Pro - Syncing folder redirected documents
I'm currently looking into the use of Skydrive Pro for use in a school environment, while we are still on the 2010 version of 365 waiting for the 2013 version I want to clear a few things up....
Can SkyDrive be configured for each users redirected home folder so effectively they have a direct synced copy of their my documents in their SkyDrive cloud area?
How is the above managed, certain requirements such as roaming profiles? GPO's available?
Does SkyDrive pro support SSO?
1st July 2013, 02:05 PM #2
In theory, yes, but in practice it's much more difficult.
SkyDrive Pro will by default sync to C:\Users\username\SkyDrive @ School Name
This can be changed, but only by the individual user on first run. It's not possible to pre-stage the preferred location in any way (that I'm aware of). There are no GPOs or registry settings you can alter programatically. Also I'm pretty sure the SkyDrive @ School Name bit can't be changed.
In terms of sign-on, I'm pretty sure you have to sign in at least once and the credentials are remembered. We don't have ADFS here so I'm not able to test that for certain.
1st July 2013, 02:43 PM #3
The SkyDrive Pro client isn't really designed to be used in this way.
Users can drag and drop content directly into SkyDrive Pro via the browser, and of course if they're using a compatible version of Office they can save Office documents directly to their SkyDrive Pro document library. As @AngryTechnician says, the SkyDrive Pro client uses a local folder to sync to.
1st July 2013, 03:13 PM #4
Speaking of using Office 365 in the browser, I don't suppose you have any idea if this SharePoint Online/IE10 bug will be fixed come September, @jamesbmarshall? It's the last problem that is holding back our IE10 rollout.
1st July 2013, 04:12 PM #5
12th July 2013, 11:05 PM #6
- Rep Power
As far as I can tell skydrive pro will only work with indexed locations.
It may be possible to index a mapped drive on32 bit systems with this: Download Windows Desktop Search: Add-in for Files on Microsoft Networks from Official Microsoft Download Center. But that still leaves us the problem of redirecting the default save location.
6th November 2013, 11:49 PM #7
I just found this post: How To Sync Any Folder To SkyDrive, And How To Use SkyDrive On Windows XP. There is a shell extension you can install as well as a command you can issue if you only need one or two folders.
7th November 2013, 09:01 AM #8
The linked article is about the consumer version of SkyDrive, which is completely different to SkyDrive Pro. Both the backend and the clients work completely differently.
Originally Posted by shalomlej
15th May 2014, 10:50 AM #9
have things got any clearer on this?
we'll be getting office 365 soon and people are imagining that we can dispense with local user areas and map a drive to onedrive instead but I'm getting the impression it wont be that simple...
15th May 2014, 11:18 AM #10
You're right; unfortunately it's not that simple. That have been a few threads on this recently. Mapping a drive to OneDrive for Business isn't going to be an option; instead the sync client is the supported route to getting access to files from the desktop. That's great for 1:1 devices, but for shared devices you're going to need to look at using the browser to drag and drop, etc.
Originally Posted by browolf
Storing files in the cloud needs a bit of a rethink - for example using Office 365 ProPlus to save files directly to SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business, etc. rather than saving to a locally mapped drive.
15th May 2014, 11:36 AM #11
Originally Posted by jamesbmarshall
On a similar note, not mapping but favorites..... is there a way to add a users OneDrive to their windows explorer favorites?
Below is a screenshot of my office PC running 8.1, having installed the OneDrive for Business Sync tool this appeared in explorer however on a windows 7 test computer it didn't, can't see any obvious differences besides the OS as this might be an 8.1 thing?
Last edited by bondbill2k2; 15th May 2014 at 11:43 AM.
19th May 2014, 03:27 PM #12
I'm playing around with this and the OneDrive is listed under the favorites (@bondbill2k2 - it didn't appear for existing accounts but it did appear for any account creating a new profile) but when I try and access it I get a prompt to log in. We are using office 2013 and I am logged into the Office software with my current (test) account but it seems not to like automating OneDrive. Is this because the SSO hasn't been configured properly or is it just not designed to be like that?
As others have already been doing we are looking to providing SSO for OneDrive so users can use it as their home drive but it seems from what I've read it's not really designed to work like that?
20th May 2014, 10:35 AM #13
OK, I think I remember reading this on here somewhere before now. We have Office 365 accounts which we are using for email, I have also used this account for logging into the OneDrive Storage but am I right in thinking Office 365 account and the MS Account are 2 separate accounts? The reason I am asking is I used the Office 365 account to log on to OneDrive and it seemed to work but I can only see OneDrive if I login with a Microsoft Account (both accounts have the same name - hence the confusion).
20th May 2014, 12:54 PM #14
Quick bit of terminology refresh:
Live@edu = predecessor to Office 365 Education
Windows Live ID = Microsoft Account
ORGID, MOSID = Office 365 Account / Organisational / School Account
SkyDrive = OneDrive
SkyDrive Pro = OneDrive for Business
When the Live@edu upgrades happened we split out the accounts that existing users had into two: a Microsoft Account and an identically named Office 365 Account (different GUIDs underneath basically). This meant that existing users at the time of the upgrade got to keep their existing OneDrive contents, etc.
Subsequent users, created in Office 365, were only given an Office 365 Account. It is possible to use this Office 365 Account to associate with an identical Microsoft Account (through a process called EASI - no different to using your Gmail account to sign up for OneDrive).
So you're either in the Live@edu upgraded user bucket, or at some point you've signed up for OneDrive using your existing email address (Office 365 Account).
Hopefully that makes sense?
Thanks to jamesbmarshall from:
20th May 2014, 02:37 PM #15
@jamesbmarshall - thanks, I think that makes it slightly clearer, although I'm not sure if I manually created a Microsoft account with an Office 365 account. Anyway, can I just ask another dumb question. When using you Office 365 account, I assumed this included the web version of Word, Excel etc. but this doesn't seem to show in the tabs except for under the Sharepoint option. I was expecting to see the same options as when I log into my personal Outlook.com (hotmail) account. Meaning when you click on the pulldown option next to Outlook (top left)you get the icons show as below
When I log into Office 365 there isn't a pull down icon available so I can't see how to navigate through the different options easily. Is it supposed to be like this or has it been configured wrong? I thought a 365 account offered the web based version of Office and assumed it would look the same as my hotmail account?
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