OneDrive for Business - Implement shared folder syncing to desktop client
We need the ability to sync folders that have been shared by another Onedrive for Business user with the desktop client. You just rolled this out for personal OneDrive, but it seems like it's more important for Onedrive for Business.
We’ve recently rolled out support for syncing your shared OneDrive for Business folders and Team sites (including O365 Groups). You can read more here: https://blogs.office.com/2017/01/24/onedrive-brings-new-file-collaboration-and-management-features-to-the-enterprise/ Thanks!
Mohammad Tamim Alkhodary commented
I add my voice to this vote. This feature is extremely important for our workflow.
Make sure you're logged into OneDrive (Not OneDrive for business) on your machine first. Don't rely on the Sync option to open it if you haven't logged in. After logging in, it should sync fine.
In the web client in Shared with me, open the shared folder you want to sync and click Sync. It should open the Sync dialog.
Hi, it's not working for me. I click the icon Sync in a folder I would like to sync. I get popup screen Sync this library to your device for easy access with icon Sync now. When I click on icon, nothing happens.
I have and using ODFB for own files and it sync on desktop. Shared files won't.
Do you maybe have an idea, what should I do?
Thank you, David
Now I just tried this function like road map posted: https://products.office.com/en-us/business/office-365-roadmap?filters=onedrive#abc
Pls check and do it again. Thanks!
Hi Microsoft, while it's now technically possible to do this, I urge you to re-think the process and functionality. It took me a while to figure out that some new, random folder with blue buildings on it had shown up in explorer. Surely, one would think that "sync with OneDrive" would, say, actually mean syncing with what the user understands to be the OneDrive folder. Try adding relevant options in the dialog/notification that says someone has shared a folder with you! Instead of the current process of clicking "view folder" in your inbox, followed by "google it until you find a forum that tells you how to get said folder synced to your desktop", why not just build the UX right? Let's try this: Put relevant options in the notification email, such as "accept" and "add folder to my desktop". Why bury obvious "next steps" somewhere else in the cloud UI? Then, let's actually make the folder appear IN the OneDrive! Seems like a no-brainer. Microsoft, why is this sort of thing (UX) so hard for you folks? You build the most amazing technologies, but they seem to be interspersed with these little "face-palm" moments.
Make it easy like in Dropbox or Owncloud!!! Itf not, my company will not buy Office 365 Business!
This is not "Boom! Its Done".... It doesn't actually sync to your own OneDrive. It creates a seperate Sharepoint folder and syncs to that.. Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, Syncplicity, and others figured out synced cloud folders years ago... why is this an issue? It is the most basic functionality that users expect. It also prevents users from fully leveraging the O365 suite because we must use sharepoint to simply sync files between desktops.
After a number of attempts to get Onedrive working for our company we gave up and went back to Google Drive. It's not that the thing didn't work. It's just that we don't have time to spend understanding SharePoint and how it works, the strange way it shares files, the folders it creates that we don't need and the endless versions of the ****ing sync client. We don't have spare days to understand how MS wants to do things. We just want a simple cloud based file sharing system that syncs locally to our PCs. Why are you making it so hard??
I had shared folders syncing on my PC but after a re-imaging (Windows 10), I am having difficult getting it working again (i.e. push Sync Now and nothing happens). I can connect to the "personal" files area on OneDrive for Business (which I never use) but not the shared folders. It would be a lot easier if it automatically setup sync to all shared folders/sites (or whatever the **** they are called) with maybe a checkbox to simply select which ones you actually want to sync.
Hugo Costelha commented
When will this be really available? According to my organization they enabled the synchronization, but when "syncing", it does not add the folder to my OneDrive folder (it creates a SharePoint folder elsewhere, which does not make sense.
I am able to sync the "shared with me" folders,
-On the web app click on shared with me
-Open the folder you would like to sync (if you right click the folder you will not see the option to sync, you must open it to sync it)
-Once opened move your mouse over the sync option, it should say create a synchronized copy of this library on your computer.
-this will Creates a different icon in your File Explorer, that looks like a building with the name of your company.
I am using OneDrive next gen sync client.
Why do have boom it's done when clearly it isn't!!!!
How do you even have a job? you would be fired from my company in the first hour
Try KrojamSoft Sync software. Its free and best software.
I have just spent the last 3 days uploading data to OneDrive or Sharepoint or whatever you want to call it and it is the most painful thing I have ever done. The OneDrive client keeps crashing, if you try and bulk upload via the web browser that crashes. You can only upload a certain amount of data to a documents library before it tells you it is full. Microsoft you have well and truly lost your way with this. Have you looked at DropBox or Google Drive? - that is how easy it should be........
Lisa Veneri Stewart commented
Any update on this?
we would like to implement Office365 in our Company, especially as a Cloud-Solution for Filesharing. The sync of shared folders is absolutely necessary - so we need to look out for another solution.
We simply can't understand, that this basic functionality isn't implemented - even because google, dropbox, owncloud and others do have this.
I just bought office 365 for all users in company and i can´t believe I can not put our shared folder in onedrive for business... what are you doing Microsoft?? wake up! It's 2017!
In reply to Travis R comment on February 10. From the web interface for OneDrive for Business it is not possible to sync the "shared with me" folder but you can sync folders listed there one by one by first clicking the folder then clicking the sync button. If you want to access the whole of your "shared with me" then you could take a look at Zee Drive (a commercial tool) http://www.thinkscape.com/Map-Network-Drives-To-Office-365-OneDrive/#SharedWithMe which allows you to map a network drive to your shared with me files
Travis R commented
@Jason Moore - Can you specifically confirm that the "Shared With Me" folder (which would typically contain files "owned" by other OD4B users) can be synced with the desktop app on both Windows and Mac? Right now (on Mac), I do not get a sync button on the gray bar, when I select the "Shared With Me" folder. Thanks.
Thanks Shail for your answer. This could be logical since our IT dept told me, I am admin on my username.