Windows 10 1709 offers a new version of OneDrive sync client out of the box. Since this version doesn’t include the “for Business” in its title, you’re probably supposed to use this for personal use. Right?
Well, maybe not. If you have OneDrive for Business installed on Windows 10 1709 (fresh install), try starting it (I already installed and activated the latest version of Office 365 ProPlus, which is version 1710 build 8625.2132 at the time of writing).
Clicking the Sync Now button however:
So, the Office OneDrive for Business application doesn’t seem to work anymore.
Maybe we can use the native OneDrive client to access OneDrive for Business as well. And if we can, will it offer the same functionality?
Let’s start with configuring a personal account for OneDrive, for which the client was actually meant. Just so we can see all the steps needed to complete the configuration.
In a fresh install without any policies or modifications, the user is greeted with the OneDrive option.
Clicking the message will take you to the wizard. If you’re not greeted with that message, simply click the OneDrive icon in your System Tray, it will take you to the wizard as well.
Enter a personal account email address and click “Sign in”.
In this case (@hotmail.com address) you’ll be redirected to the Live sign-in page, so enter your password and click “Sign in”. Your results may vary.
You’ll have the option to choose where this OneDrive instance’s files will be synced. I’ll leave the defaults here, but if you want to change this, remember that the “OneDrive” folder will be auto-created. Click “Next” to continue.
With the new sync engine there’s no need to deselect anything, as I will show later, but you can do so if you wish. Click “Next” to continue.
Click “Not now” to skip the ad, or click “Go premium” if you want Office and 1TB of OneDrive space.
You’ll then see an introduction to OneDrive. Read through the introduction or skip to the end and click “Open my OneDrive folder”, or just open File Explorer.
File Explorer now shows that OneDrive was configured:
Right-click this folder and choose Settings:
On the Settings tab select to Save space and download files as you use them. This is the new Files On-Demand option that makes this new client great.
The Files On-Demand feature will change the OneDrive view in File Explorer:
If you want to change the status you’ll simply right-click any item you wish to change and change the cloud status to any of the options that are available.
More info on the different status icons and file states can be found here.
And that concludes setting up OneDrive with a personal account. Now for the good stuff.
As I said, I’ve installed Office 2016 ProPlus and activated it using my company account. If I open Excel and check the account settings you’ll notice several things:
Since I used my company account and I have access to Sharepoint Online and OneDrive for Business using this account, my Office products are connected to these services. This simply means I can browse these locations to open or save files.
I also configured a personal OneDrive account and I can connect this service to Office products by connecting it using the Connect button in the screenshot. If you didn’t configure a personal OneDrive account yet, clicking Connect here will take you to the OneDrive wizard again.
Go back to File Explorer and open the settings for the OneDrive folder in File Explorer again.
On the Account tab, click the Add an account button.
This will open the Add Account Wizard again, exactly the same one as we used to configure the personal account.
This time however, I will enter my company account to configure OneDrive.
This page is a little different. Since I entered an email address that uses a custom namespace, I get to choose between a “Personal” or “Work or School” account, so in this case I choose “Work or school” account. You’ll also see this screen if your personal OneDrive account is linked to a “Non Microsoft” account (meaning not Hotmail, Live, or Outlook).
If the company has a federation setup you’ll be redirected to the company’s ADFS servers.
The Wizard will add the “- Company” extension to the OneDrive folder.
The remainder of the Wizard steps are identical to the personal setup.
File Explorer now shows that OneDrive – IT-WorXX was configured as well, which is my company OneDrive:
Right-click the new folder and choose Settings.
On the Settings tab choose to Save space again.
And there it is. The same new Files On-Demand feature that we have for Personal OneDrive accounts, now enabled for OneDrive for Business accounts.
Two fancy icons in your System Tray. The white clouds represent your personal OneDrive, the blue clouds are for your work account’s OneDrive. You can have multiple white cloud icons and multiple blue cloud icons.
That covers your My-Site from Sharepoint online. So what about other Sharepoint Document libraries? In OneDrive for Business there’s an interface for that.
Notice the startup screen no longer shows that you can sync your My-Site, because I configured that using the native OneDrive client.
Pasting a Url and clicking Sync Now?
Nope, doesn’t work.
So how do we sync Sharepoint libraries using the new sync client since there’s no option in the interface?
Simply browse to the library you wish to sync, and click Sync.
Accept by clicking Yes.
You’ll get a notification, and if you open File Explorer you’ll get another new icon:
Clicking that fancy new icon opens the synced sites:
You can see here that the new Files On-Demand feature is active for Synced Sites as well.
If you want to sync it to your local machine, right click a Site folder and choose “Always keep on this device”. The same icons and statuses apply. Again, more info on that here.
To manage the OneDrive sync settings and more you can use Group Policy Objects. More info on that here.
Just make sure you have the Windows 10 1709 Fall Creators Update ADMX files, which you can download here.
And that’s it. Switched from OneDrive for Business to OneDrive sync client in Windows 10 1709 Fall Creators Update.
I advise you to install Office without the OneDrive for Business client, since you won’t be needing it anymore and it will only confuse your users.
If you’re deploying the Office 365 ProPlus version you can remove the OneDrive for Business client by specifying that in the XML file you use for deployment, like this:
<Configuration> <Add OfficeClientEdition="32" Channel="Monthly"> <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail"> <Language ID="en-us" /> <ExcludeApp ID="Groove" /> </Product> </Add> </Configuration>
TIP: You can generate these XML files online using the Office IT Poo Deployment XmlEditor.
RIP OneDrive for Business, it was good to have you around.
Until next time,