+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 21
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 ...
  1. #1
    bondbill2k2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    West Midlands
    Posts
    1,015
    Thank Post
    81
    Thanked 66 Times in 51 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    42

    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?

  2. #2

    AngryTechnician's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    3,730
    Thank Post
    698
    Thanked 1,212 Times in 761 Posts
    Rep Power
    395
    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.

  3. #3
    jamesbmarshall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Reading, UK
    Posts
    552
    Thank Post
    27
    Thanked 239 Times in 166 Posts
    Rep Power
    88
    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.

  4. #4

    AngryTechnician's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    3,730
    Thank Post
    698
    Thanked 1,212 Times in 761 Posts
    Rep Power
    395
    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.

  5. #5
    jamesbmarshall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Reading, UK
    Posts
    552
    Thank Post
    27
    Thanked 239 Times in 166 Posts
    Rep Power
    88
    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    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?
    Sorry, no idea!

    Of course, you could upgrade to Windows 8...

    ...

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    14
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    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.

  7. #7
    shalomlej's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Greeneville, TN
    Posts
    2
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    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.

  8. #8

    AngryTechnician's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    3,730
    Thank Post
    698
    Thanked 1,212 Times in 761 Posts
    Rep Power
    395
    Quote Originally Posted by shalomlej View Post
    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.
    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.

  9. #9
    browolf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Mars
    Posts
    1,529
    Thank Post
    108
    Thanked 89 Times in 75 Posts
    Blog Entries
    47
    Rep Power
    40
    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...

  10. #10
    jamesbmarshall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Reading, UK
    Posts
    552
    Thank Post
    27
    Thanked 239 Times in 166 Posts
    Rep Power
    88
    Quote Originally Posted by browolf View Post
    map a drive to onedrive instead but I'm getting the impression it wont be that simple...
    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.

    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.

  11. #11
    bondbill2k2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    West Midlands
    Posts
    1,015
    Thank Post
    81
    Thanked 66 Times in 51 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    42
    Quote Originally Posted by jamesbmarshall View Post
    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.

    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.

    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?
    exfav.jpg
    Last edited by bondbill2k2; 15th May 2014 at 11:43 AM.

  12. #12


    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    1,806
    Thank Post
    332
    Thanked 262 Times in 214 Posts
    Rep Power
    120
    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?

  13. #13


    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    1,806
    Thank Post
    332
    Thanked 262 Times in 214 Posts
    Rep Power
    120
    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).

  14. #14
    jamesbmarshall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Reading, UK
    Posts
    552
    Thank Post
    27
    Thanked 239 Times in 166 Posts
    Rep Power
    88
    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?

  15. Thanks to jamesbmarshall from:

    penfold (20th May 2014)

  16. #15


    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    1,806
    Thank Post
    332
    Thanked 262 Times in 214 Posts
    Rep Power
    120
    @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
    Office.PNG
    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?

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Another My Documents error (Folder Redirection)
    By Gilleen in forum Windows 7
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 9th May 2011, 02:50 PM
  2. Folder redirection 2008 - "My documents" or "Documents"
    By j17sparky in forum Windows Server 2008 R2
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 29th April 2010, 09:22 AM
  3. Folder Redirection My Documents Mandatory Profile
    By Liam in forum How do you do....it?
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 16th April 2009, 11:26 PM
  4. My Documents Folder Redirection to a Share?
    By link470 in forum Windows
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 5th December 2007, 02:53 PM
  5. Replies: 10
    Last Post: 14th August 2007, 07:03 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •